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Sculpey Bagel Roll Sushi Magnets

Thursday, January 12, 2006

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:

Bagel Roll Sushi Magnets Made From Sculpey 1
(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.

Bagel Roll Sushi Magnets Made From Sculpey 2
(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.

Bagel Roll Sushi Magnets Made From Sculpey 3
(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.

Bagel Roll Sushi Magnets Made From Sculpey 4
(above:) I rolled this all together to get it to be longer.

Bagel Roll Sushi Magnets Made From Sculpey 5
(above:) I wrapped a piece of transparent Sculpey around that, rolled it a little more, then cut off just the very tip of each end to make a neat surface.

Bagel Roll Sushi Magnets Made From Sculpey 6
(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.

Bagel Roll Sushi Magnets Made From Sculpey 7
(above:) Once all that was done, I just took my craft clay razor and cut six even slices.

Bagel Roll Sushi Magnets Made From Sculpey 8
(above:) Here they are, ready to be set in the oven.

Bagel Roll Sushi Magnets Made From Sculpey 9
(above:) These went in the oven at 275*, and were done in about 18 minutes.

Bagel Roll Sushi Magnets Made From Sculpey 10
(above:) They only take a little while to cool off. Once they were cool, I glued a magnet onto one side of each of the sushi pieces with my hot glue gun.

Bagel Roll Sushi Magnets Made From Sculpey 11
(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.

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