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Tools & Materials:


1. Mug & Plate (Any size)
(You will need a mug and a small plate. A black mug is preferred, but it does not have to be completely black (it could just have a black rim and a black inside).
The rim and the inside will not be modified because these are the parts that come into contact with food. I have provided the exact measurements of my mug & plate but this guide works for mugs and plates of any size)


2. Black Premo! Sculpey Polymer Clay (8 oz)
(You can find this clay in most craft stores. I chose this polymer clay because it is one of the best choices for this type of project. The clay is flexible, soft enough to blend and durable when baked)
3. Rub n’ Buff Wax Metallic Finish
(You need to get the color “Autumn Gold” or any color that you prefer. If you cannot find Rub ‘n Buff at your local craft store, use any other wax metallic finish)
4. Acrylic Paints (Any brand)
(The colors that you will need are Orange, Red, Yellow, Brown, White & Black)

5. Sculpey Glazes (1 fl oz)
(You need Sculpey “Satin Glaze” and Sculpey “Gloss Glaze”. If you cannot find
these exact glazes, use any other brand of glaze that works on polymer clay.)
6. Pack of clay modeling tools
(You just need a simple pack of modeling tools that has at least one flat tool, one pointed tool and one roller. You can find these packs at any craft store)
7. 3 Translucent Papers
(You can find these in a pack at any craft store)


8. Some things you might already have (Permanent marker, XActo knife, Ruler,
Scissors, Tape, 2 sheets of computer paper and a printer)
9. Painting Materials:
. A mixing palette
. A paint mixing tool
. 2 small size brushes
. 3 medium size brushes


10.Baking Materials:
. Domestic oven or conventional oven
(Polymer clay is completely safe and it
does not release any toxic fumes or
leave any residue in your oven )
. Metal or glass baking pan
. A sheet of aluminum foil
. Oven thermometer
. Oven timer

PART 1: Drawing Your Design
This part consists of the drawing of your mug & plate design. You will be
drawing your mug design in three different layers by using the printable
templates that were provided to you (See pictures below). You can get these files by downloading the PDF version of this guide for FREE now: vhttp://coupleofstories.com/product/mermaids-kraken-mug-ultimate-diy-guide/

The goal is for you to combine these three layers to create a complete mug
design that looks like this:


Make sure to watch the “Part 1: Drawing Your Design” video to follow along
all the steps to create this complex layered design.

You will also draw a design for your plate (See picture below). Since there is a wide range of plate sizes, you
will have to draw this design according to the measurements of your own plate. You will be drawing
the design from scratch and without any templates. The good thing is that this design will not require more than one layer because it is not as
intricate as the mug design.

Step 1: Gathering of drawing materials (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QJIrIF1n0w from 0:04 to 0:16)
The materials you are going to need for all of Part 1 are: a printer, 3 translucent papers,
2 computer papers, mug & plate, permanent marker, scissors and a ruler.

Step 2: Printing the mug templates (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QJIrIF1n0w from 0:17 to 0:27)
Find the two downloadable files that came with this guide called “Printable Mug Design
Template Layer 1 & Layer 2” and “Printable Mug Design Template Layer 3” and print

them out. You should use your computer paper for this and make sure your printer’s
paper size is set to “Letter” (8 ½ x 11 in) for a perfect fit. You should now have these
two printed images (See pictures below). I will refer to the layers on these images as
the “white layers” throughout the guide.


We will only be using “white layer 1”, “white layer 2” and “white layer 3” for the rest of
Part 1. This version of the octopus (See picture below) will be used later on in the guide.

Step 3: Tracing the mug templates (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QJIrIF1n0w from 0:28 to 4:21)
Now it is time to start drawing. Take one of your translucent papers and place it on top
of “Printable Mug Design Template Layer 1 & Layer 2”. Use your permanent marker to
trace the entire drawing onto the translucent paper. Start by using your ruler to create
the outside rectangles that make up “white layer 1” and “white layer 2” (See left picture
below). Then, focus on each layer at a time without worrying about making the drawings
look perfect (See right picture below). These “translucent layers” will only be guides so it
is okay to have some messy lines.

The finished “translucent layer 1” should look something like this:


Tracing “white layer 2” will be slightly more difficult because it has a lot more details and
you won’t be able to use your ruler anymore (See left picture below), but make sure you
trace every gear, line or circle in its corresponding place (See right picture below).

The finished “translucent layer 2” should look something like this:


Now you need to trace “white layer 3” onto a separate translucent paper. Place your
second piece of translucent paper on top of “Printable Mug Design Template Layer 3”
and trace the entire drawing using your permanent marker. Start by tracing the outside
rectangle with your ruler (See left picture below) and then move onto carefully tracing
the octopus freehand (See right picture below).


The finished “translucent layer 3” should look something like this:


Now you should have three “white layers” and three “translucent layers”.

The reason why we didn’t just print the files “Printable Mug Design Template Layer
1 & Layer 2” and “Printable Mug Design Template Layer 3” on the translucent papers is
because most printers do not support printing on this type of media. If yours is like mine,
the ink will smear and there will be a lot of paper jam issues.Tracing the design onto the
translucent papers is the easier way for everyone to be able to make the translucent
layers regardless of the type of printer they have.

Step 4: Combining the three translucent layers (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QJIrIF1n0w from 4:22 to 5:45)
For this step, you are going to start by cutting out the translucent layers. Cut them out
by following along the outside rectangular shape with your scissors (See picture below).


Now that you have these three separate pieces, you are going to combine them by
putting them one behind the other. The translucent papers will let you see through each
layer and will create a complete mug design.

This is how you should combine them:
First, put “translucent layer 1” down on your table (See picture below).


Then, place “translucent layer 2” on top of “translucent layer 1” (See picture below).


Lastly, place “translucent layer 3” on top of “translucent layer 2” (See pictures below).

As you can see, you now have a complete mug design (Exactly like the one in the
picture below). The best thing about it is that you can separate your design into different
layers, which will be extremely helpful in Part 2 of this guide.


Don’t forget to place the complete translucent mug design on your mug to see what it
will look like. (See pictures below).

Don’t worry if your mug is bigger than the design and it doesn’t close the gap
underneath the handle (See left picture above) because we will be adding polymer clay
to those parts later on. This design can work for mugs of any size as long as the handle
is on the right of the octopus head (See right picture above).

Step 5: Drawing the plate design (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QJIrIF1n0w from 5:46 to 8:00)
To draw your plate design you are going to need the last piece of translucent paper, a
permanent marker, a ruler and your plate. First, place your plate upside down on your
translucent paper and trace its circumference with your permanent marker (See left picture
below). You should get a perfect circle like this (See right picture below).


Now, you need to measure the rim of your plate (See left picture below) and put a dot in the
corresponding place on your transparent paper to mark where the rim should begin (See right
picture below).


Use that same measurement around your circle and you should get something like this (See left
picture below). Then, connect those dots to create the border of the rim (See right picture
below).

After you’ve created the border of your rim, you’re going to draw two more circles that go along
this border. To help you draw these circles, use the same technique you used to make the
border, which is to draw paths for your circles with dots (See left picture below) and then
connect the dots to complete the circles (See right picture below).

To draw the design on the rim of your plate, you are going to have to divide it into three equal
parts (See left picture below) and then divide it into nine equal parts (See right picture below).

Then, draw the same type of design that we used on “translucent layer 1” (See left picture
below) around the rim of your plate (See right picture below).


You should get something like this:


The last details you are going to add to the plate design are nine small “cable holders” that go
around the border of your rim (See left picture below). These cable holders should look the
same as the ones you drew on “translucent layer 2” (See right picture below).

Your final plate design should look something like this (See left picture below), which is exactly
the same as this (See right picture below).

You are done with Part 1!
Take your printed templates, your three “transparent layers” and your final
plate design with you to Part 2, where you will learn how to sculpt these
designs onto your mug & plate.

Part 2: Sculpting Your Design
In this part, you will be bringing your mug & plate to life. You will learn how
to use polymer clay to turn your boring mug & plate into works of art (See
before & after pictures below).

Make sure to watch the “Part 2: Sculpting Your Design” video to follow
along all the steps for sculpting your intricate designs.

Step 6: Gathering of sculpting materials (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ4lF_bwBnU from 0:05 to 0:37)
The materials you are going to need for all of Part 2 are: “Printable Mug Design Template Layer
1 & Layer 2”, “Printable Mug Design Template Layer 3”, “translucent layer 1”, “translucent layer 2”, “translucent layer 3”, your final plate design, mug & plate,
Premo! Sculpey polymer clay, ruler, tape, modeling tools, a roller and an XActo knife.

Step 7: Preparing the clay (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ4lF_bwBnU from 0:38 to 1:02)
First, you need to open your polymer clay package and prepare the clay. When you open up
your polymer clay package, you will find 6 long rectangular bars (See left picture below). You
need to use your XActo knife to separate the clay into 6 equal parts (See right picture below).


I will be referring to these bars throughout Part 2 to measure how much clay you will be needing
in each step. Just remember that you may need more clay or less clay in some steps depending
on the size of your mug & plate.

Step 8: Start of layer 1 (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ4lF_bwBnU from 1:03 to 4:36)
For this step, you will need about 2 bars of polymer clay, your modeling tools, your roller and
your “translucent layer 1”. First, take 1 ½ bars of clay (See left picture below) and roll them into
a “ball” (See right picture below). To do this, hold the lump of clay in your hands and squeeze
the clay to form a rough ball. Then, place your hand on top of the lump of clay and roll it around
and around on the table. After that, you’re going to pick up the lump of clay and squeeze the ball
between your two hands again. You will also need to smooth out any cracks or edges with your
thumbs. Repeat this squeezing and smoothing process until the clay becomes softer and easier
to work with.

Use one of your flat modeling tools (See left picture below) to cut the excess clay off the sides of
“translucent layer 1” (See right picture below). Make sure you save the excess clay into a pile
because you will be using this clay throughout Part 2.

Press on all sides of the rectangle to attach this piece of clay to the mug (See pictures below).


Then, use your fingers to smooth out any air bubbles that could have formed when attaching the
rectangle to the mug (See left picture below). Next, make a long flat shape using about ½ bar of

polymer clay (See right picture below) and use it to cover parts of the mug that aren’t covered
with clay (except the inside of the mug, the bottom of the mug and the rim).

Step 9: Creating the background (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ4lF_bwBnU from 4:37 to 7:32)
Now that you have to your mug covered with polymer clay, it is time to start drawing on the
background (The background is the highlighted part of the picture below).


Attach your “transparent layer 1” with tape on the surface of your mug (See left picture below).
Then, use one of your pointed modeling tools to trace the background onto the clay (See right
picture below). First, use your tool with enough pressure to mark all the lines of the background
on the clay. Then, puncture through the translucent layer to mark all the dots of the design.

Step 10: End of Layer 1 (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ4lF_bwBnU from 7:33 to 10:31)
In this step, you will be creating the rivets and bricks of the design (See picture below).


Make long flat shape with ½ bar of polymer clay and trace the bricks onto it with your flat
modeling tool and ruler (See left picture below). You might need to create more bricks than the
design has depending on the size of your mug. If you do need more, just use another flat shape
of clay and trace more bricks. Then, carefully remove each brick and put them aside (See right
picture below).

This is what your cup should look like when you are done with Layer 1:

Step 11: Start of Layer 2 (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ4lF_bwBnU from 10:32 to 11:58)
For this step, you will need the pile of excess clay you’ve been collecting or about ½ bar of
polymer clay, “white layer 2”, “translucent layer 2”, your modeling tools, roller and an XActo
knife. You will be creating the gears of the design (See picture below).


The first step is to create a flat shape with the pile of excess clay and place “white layer 2” on
top of it (See left picture below). You are going to use “white layer 2” instead of using
“translucent layer 2” because the designs on “white layer 2” are much more precise. Slowly
trace the outside spikes of each gear with your pointed modeling tool onto the clay (See right
picture below).

Keep your gears organized by putting them where they belong on “translucent layer 2” (See
picture below).

Your finished gears should look something like this:

Step 12: Creating the embellishments (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ4lF_bwBnU from 11:59 to 15:38)
In this step, you will be creating the rest of the embellishments (See picture below) with the
same technique you used in Step 11.

Make a flat shape out of ½ bar of polymer clay or by using the excess clay pile from the last
step and place “white layer 2” on top of it. Trace the first circle with lines (See picture above)
and lift up “white layer 2” from the clay. Then, put “white layer 2” in a different spot on the clay
and trace the second circle (See picture above). Lift up and move “white layer 2” to another spot
on the clay and trace the third circle (See picture above). Now, cut all three shapes out with your
XActo knife and place them on top of each other from biggest to smallest. Merge the layers
together by pressing on the lines of the smallest circle with your flat modeling tool. You should
get something like this:

Then, top off the embellishment with a rivetsize ball. To merge everything together, use your
flat modeling tool to draw an “X” on the rivetsize ball. You should get something like this:


Make two of this embellishment and put the second one aside because you will be using the
second one underneath the handle of your mug.

Now, you will be creating the following highlighted embellishments (See picture below).

The only tubelike embellishment that is slightly different is this one (See pictures below). To
create the little “cable holders” (See left picture below), you need to cut small rectangles and
place them on their corresponding places on the tube. Then, push the sides of the rectangles
down with your fingers and use your pointed modeling tool to create the small holes.

The last thing to do on this step is to create all the small details highlighted (See picture below).


Now, remove all embellishments from “transparent layer 2” and organize them on your table.

Step 13: End of Layer 2 (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ4lF_bwBnU from 15:39 to 17:42)
For this step you will need all the embellishments you created in Step 11 & Step 12, modeling
tools, tape, “translucent layer 1”, “translucent layer 2” and “white layer 2”. First, use tape to
attach “translucent layer 2” on top of “translucent layer 1” and use this as a guide to show you
where to place all the embellishments (See left picture below). Then, slowly attach the
embellishments on their corresponding places. After you have placed an embellishment in the
correct place, connect the sides of the embellishment to the mug with your flat modeling tool
(See right picture below). This will prevent the embellishment from falling off.

Once you’ve attached all the embellishments on the design, you need to add the last touches of
layer 2. For example, you need to add the various lines on the design with your flat modeling
tool (See left picture below) and you also need to attach the extra embellishment that you made
for underneath the handle of your mug (See right picture below).

Step 14: Start of Layer 3 (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ4lF_bwBnU from 17:43 to 20:57)
Now it is time to work on the last layer of your mug design. You are going to need your “white
layer 3”, “translucent layer 3”, modeling tools, roller, XActo
knife and about 1 ½ bars of polymer clay (You can also use any clay you have left from your excess clay pile). First, make a long
thick tube with 1 bar of polymer clay (See left picture below). This tube will be used for all the
tentacles on the octopus. Use “white layer 3” to determine how thick your tube should be. Make
one end of the tube thinner than the rest (See right picture below).

To make this tentacle, you need to place the clay tube on “white layer 3” in the corresponding
place and cut it off where the tentacle ends (See left picture below). Create the other two left
tentacles the same way you created the first one (See right picture below).

Now, you need to create part of the head of the octopus. Use the excess clay pile or about ¼
bar of polymer clay to create a flat shape. Then, place “white layer 3” on top of the clay and

trace the highlighted shape onto it (See left picture below). Cut out the shape with your XActo
knife and you should get something like this (See right picture below).

The front tentacles should look like this (See right picture below).
Now, create an oval shape out of a ¼ bar of polymer clay (See left picture below) and attach it
to the two front tentacles. The head of the octopus should look like this (See right picture
below).

Step 15: The octopus (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ4lF_bwBnU from 20:58 to 25:30)
Start by taping “translucent layer 1”, “translucent layer 2” and “translucent layer 3” one behind
the other and use this as a guide to help you determine where each piece of the octopus is
supposed to go (See picture below).

Next, attach these tentacles on your mug (See left picture below), followed by this piece of the
octopus (See right picture below).

Next, create two small clay balls and two slightly bigger flat clay circles (See left picture below).
Put one behind the other and attach them onto the eyes of the octopus with your pointed
modeling tool (See right picture below).

The last thing to do on this step is to use your pointed modeling tool on top of the octopus’ head
to give it some texture (See right picture above).

Step 16: Sculpting the plate (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ4lF_bwBnU from 25:31 to 26:43)
For this part you will need your plate, modeling tools, roller, 1 bar of polymer clay and your final
plate design. Sculpting the plate will be easier because you will be using the same techniques
you used for the mug. First, cover the entire plate with about 1 bar of polymer clay (See left
picture below). Then, place your “final plate design” on your plate and trace the 9 lines of the rim
design with your pointed modeling tool (See right picture below)

Pat yourself in the back because you have now completed the hardest part
of this guide. Go on to Step 3 to learn how to bake the mug & plate you
have created in your own oven!

Part 3: Baking Your Mug & Plate
In this part, you will be curing your polymer clay mug & plate. It is essential
to bake polymer clay to cure it because it will not air dry no matter how long
you leave it. You will need to bake your mug & plate in a domestic oven or
a conventional toaster oven (Not in a microwave). The most important thing
is to have an accurate temperature in your oven. Look on the package of
your polymer clay for the recommended baking temperature and stick to it
closely (See picture below).

Make sure to watch the “Part 3: Baking Your Mug & Plate” video to follow
along all the steps you need to take to bake your mug & plate.

Step 17: Gathering of baking materials (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66PaRpUuQOo from 0:04 to 0:45)
The materials you will need are: your finished mug & plate, a metal or glass baking pan, a sheet
of aluminum foil, an oven, an oven thermometer and an oven timer.

Step 18: Baking your pieces (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66PaRpUuQOo from 0:46 to 2:54)
The first thing you need to do in this step is to look on the package of your polymer clay for the
recommended baking temperature and the recommended baking time. If you are using Premo!
Sculpey polymer clay, the recommended baking temperature is 275 ° F and the recommended
baking time is 30 minutes (See picture above).

Then, set your oven to the correct temperature (See picture above) and let it preheat. Be aware
that the temperature dial on most ovens is wildly inaccurate, so you will be using a separate
oven thermometer to get the correct temperature your clay requires for curing. Once your oven
has preheated, insert the oven thermometer (See picture below) and adjust the oven
accordingly to get the desired temperature.


While the oven is adjusting to the right temperature, you can prepare the baking pan that will go
in the oven. You can use any metal or glass pan that you use on a regular basis because
polymer clay is completely safe and it does not release any toxic fumes. It also does not create
a residue in your oven when baked. So, go ahead and use any baking tray you have and place
a sheet of aluminum foil on top of it. The aluminum foil will prevent any clay from sticking to the
pan. Then, place your mug & plate over the aluminum foil (See picture below).

Then, open your oven door and let your mug & plate cool off slowly inside the oven for another
30 minutes (See picture below). This is the most fragile time for the clay, so make sure that you
do not move or touch the mug & clay for these 30 minutes.


After the 30 minutes have gone by, you can remove the pan from the oven and take a look at
how your mug & plate came out. You might notice that the clay on your mug & plate is still
flexible after baking, which might seem strange, but this is actually normal. Polymer clay is vinyl
and just like an old vinyl record, it’s flexible. If you followed the package’s instructions and this
guide’s instructions, your mug should be fully cured and ready to be painted.
You are done with Part 3!
Your mug & plate should now have a matte finish after baking it. Go on to
Step 4 to learn how to stain them, paint them and apply glaze to them.

Part 4: Staining, Painting & Glazing
During this part, you will be working on the color of your mug & plate. You
will be staining, painting and glazing your pieces to complete your work of
art (See before and after pictures below).

Step 19: Staining with Rub n’ Buff (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHR4tYbBQGQ&feature=youtu.be from 0:04 to 3:28)
For this step, you will need one medium size softhaired
brush, one small softhaired brush, your mug & plate and your “Autumn Gold” Rub n’ Buff metallic wax (See left picture below). First,
squeeze out some Rub n’ Buff and put a small amount of wax on your medium sized brush.
Then, start staining the bottom of your mug with light pressure on the brush (See right picture below). You need to apply light pressure because the black clay should still show through the
crevices.

Let your mug dry for at least 10 minutes before touching it again. Now, you need to begin
staining your plate. Use the medium sized brush to cover the entire rim of your plate with Rub n’

Buff (See left picture below). Then flip the plate around and stain the bottom of it (See right
picture below).


Let your plate dry for at least 10 minutes before touching it again.

Step 20: Painting with acrylics (See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHR4tYbBQGQ&feature=youtu.be from 3:29 to 11:57)
For this step, you are going to need a one very small paint brush, one medium size paint brush,
a cup with water, a paint mixing palette, a mixing tool and all of your acrylic paints (Orange,
Brown, Red, Yellow, White, Black). First, start by squeezing out a good amount of orange,
brown, red and yellow paint onto your mixing palette (See left picture below). Then, make a mix
of 60% orange, 20% red, 10% yellow and 10% brown (See right picture below). This will be mix #1.

The dark orange color that you made will be the base color of your octopus. Start by painting
mix #1 on the head and the tentacles of the octopus with your small brush (See left picture above). It is very important that you apply the paint in thin layers. Let the paint dry for at least 10
minutes before you apply the next coat. You can use the medium sized brush on the second
layer (See right picture above). After a couple coats of paint, your mug should look something
like this:

Next, squeeze out white paint onto your mixing palette. Now, paint the top of the suctions cups
with white paint (See left picture below). You will need your very small brush to be able to do
this carefully. Take your time and don’t get white anywhere else on the octopus. If you do, wait
for the paint to dry and cover the mistakes with the corresponding color. Paint the eyes of the
octopus white with your small brush too (See right picture below).

Let your mug & plate completely dry before you move onto the next step.

Step 21: Glazing your mug & plate ( See this step in video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHR4tYbBQGQ&feature=youtu.be from 11:58 to 16:42 )
In this last step, you will be making your mug & plate water resistant! This way you will be able
to handwash your pieces as many times as you need and the paint will not come off. After your
painted mug & plate have completely dried, you will be able to glaze them. You will need your
Sculpey “Satin Glaze”, your Sculpey “Gloss Glaze” and one medium sized brush for this step.

Now, clean your brush and start mixing the “Gloss Glaze” with the back of your brush (See left
picture above). Then, cover the entire octopus (See right picture above & left picture below) and
all the black parts of the plate with this glaze (See right picture below). Apply two or three coats
of this glaze depending on how shiny you want the octopus to be. Make sure that you also wait
30 minutes between each coat when you’re using this glaze.


After you have applied all your layers of glaze, put your pieces in a safe spot in your house. You
will not need to bake your pieces again. All you have to do is wait 24 hours for the glaze to
completely dry and your mug & plate will be water resistant and ready to use!
You are now done with Part 4
and you have completed our guide!

Step 22: Take pictures of your new mug & plate!

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