How to Use Pardo Clay

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How to Use Pardo Clay
Pardo is a clay made of plastic. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Pardo is an oven hardening polymer clay. Instead of minerals, polymer clays are made of a plastic called polyvinyl chloride. Artists work this clay in the same way they work mineral clay, but baking temperatures are much lower. Polymer clays are used frequently to make beads and jewellery. In fact, Pardo's American distributor--a company named Viva Décor--markets Pardo as a "jewellery clay." Pardo is sold in packages of premeasured clay balls in more than 70 different colours. Each clay ball weighs a little less than six grams.

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Things you need

  • Yellow and orange Pardo
  • Rolling pin
  • Maple leaf cookie cutter
  • Large spatula
  • Shallow ceramic bowl or saucer
  • Baking tray
  • Oven
  • Thermometer

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  1. 1

    Remove one orange and one yellow Pardo clay ball from the packaging. Knead each ball, warming it with your hands to condition and prepare it for use.

  2. 2

    Re-form each colour back into a rough ball. Tear both balls into four pieces each.

  3. 3

    Arrange the orange and yellow clay into a pattern that gives you the impression of autumn foliage. (You can tear the orange and yellow clay pieces into smaller pieces as necessary.)

  4. 4

    Flatten your clay pattern with the palm of your hand when you are satisfied with your pattern. Roll the clay to a uniform thickness of approximately 1/4 to 3/8 inch with a rolling pin.

  5. 5

    Press a maple leaf-shaped cookie cutter into the middle of your rolled out sheet of Pardo, and hold it in place. Remove the excess clay from around the cookie cutter, and set it aside.

  6. 6

    Lift the cookie cutter. Gently slide a large spatula under your fall-coloured, Pardo maple leaf.

  7. 7

    Set the maple leaf in an oven-safe shallow bowl or saucer that is slightly smaller than the maple leaf itself. Gently press the middle of the leaf down into the saucer or bowl, so the leaf bends to the curve of the dish.

  8. 8

    Place the saucer and maple leaf on a baking tray. Put the baking tray in an oven heated to between 130 to 135 degrees Cor 30 minutes. Measure the oven temperature with a thermometer.

  9. 9

    Remove the baking tray, saucer or shallow bowl and maple leaf. Set them aside to cool. Remove the maple leaf from the bowl, set it on a table and put candy in it. Or, you can set it on your dresser and put your loose change in it.

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