Tonight I was just *so* in the mood to make something with Sculpey. My Tivo had recorded the DIY Network show “Jewelry Making with Jackie Guerra” – and oday’s episode had three people on who made jewelry with Sculpey clay. One lady made these really pretty flowers with Sculpey, and as she was describing some of her techniques, I was thinking about how I could use some of her ideas to make my favorite sushi roll – the bagel roll – out of Sculpey and turn it into a magnet (there are some pictures of professionally-made sushi replicas on Flickr)!
Here’s how I made the Sculpey sushi magnets:
(above:) To get the color of the salmon, I just took mostly red, some yellow, and some orange Sculpey, and mixed the colors together in my hands, then ran them through the manual pasta machine several times. Once the color was right, I shaped it into a somewhat square shape.
(above:) I made several incisions all the way through the square with my craft clay razor and inserted pieces of white sculpey that had been conditioned in the pasta machine between each section (I made six or seven cuts total, so finished it would mimic the look of salmon). Once that was done, I cut all sides of the salmon piece so that each side was neat. I then rolled that between my hands to make it a longer piece.
(above:) I’ve taken the salmon piece, and next to it I’ve put just a solid white ‘snake’ of pure white (to mimic the cream cheese) about the same length as the salmon piece. Around all this, I’ve wrapped a sheet of black Sculpey.
(above:) The transparent Sculpey is a very good color for the rice, but I wanted the sushi pieces to have the texture of rice, too. I just took a thin sheet of transparent that I had conditioned in the pasta machine, and pinched off tiny little pieces, rolled them between my fingers, and made tiny rice shapes. I rolled the sushi through my little scattering of rice a few times and filled in any empty spots too.
(above:) All done! They’re so neat – Av was super-impressed and thought that they really did resemble bagel rolls without me even telling him what I was trying to do! I’ve got them on my refrigerator now, and I’ll probably give a couple of them away to friends as tiny little no-special-occasion surprises.