That's right ... Sculpey Bake & Bend. It has some really good uses other than making bendable animals... I found they make great texture plates -- and flexible ones at that.
I found these paper heart doilies at the dollar store. I want to use them to make a texture sheet.
1. First of all, make sure the Sculpey Bake & Bend is well conditioned. I find some of the colors aren't quite as soft so I like to mix them until I get a nice consistency.
2. Roll out enough clay in your pasta machine on the 3rd thickest setting (I used the #3 setting on my Atlas) that is slightly larger than the doily.
3. Making a texture plate from one of the paper doilies won't make a deep enough impression so take a stack of about 4 - 5 that are "stuck" together and do not separate them. This will add depth and make a better impression.
4. Lightly dust the clay sheet with some cornstarch to prevent the doily from sticking. I generally use water but with the paper that won't work so well.
5. Change your pasta machine setting to the 4th thickest setting (#4 on an Atlas). Lay the doily face down onto the clay sheet and carefully insert the two together into the pasta machine and roll through.
6. Place your clay sheet facing up on a clean ceramic tile making sure there aren't any air pockets trapped underneath. Lightly tap it so it sticks to the ceramic tile. Carefully peel away the paper doilies and trim the edges all around so they are nice and neat. Bake your texture sheet right on the ceramic tile following the temperature and time on the package.
7. Allow your sheet to cool completely before removing it from the ceramic tile. You now have a texture sheet you can use with your regular polymer clay over and over and it is flexible so can be used right in your pasta machine at your thickest setting.
These are a few pieces I made from my new texture sheet that I highlighted with mica powders.
You can use this method to make other texture sheets. Here is one I made from a piece of vintage lace.
And some pendants I have made from it:
Oh yes, and another cool thing I found is the container from the Sculpey Bake & Bend works great for storing canes afterwards!
Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and have fun with it!