Custom Business Card Case

case measures 3.50” x 2.25”

case measures 3.50” x 2.25”

Dressing up a metal business card case can make it an extremely special possession.  Search for plain card holders online and you’ll find many to choose from.  My gold tone one came with a calculator inside and can be used to carry credit cards too.  I chose clay colors that appeal to me but you could make the same pattern using different colors.  Bake the clay right onto the metal case but don’t forget to remove the calculator first!

Before you begin, condition all clay colors.  Cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily rotate the work when necessary.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.

Directions

step 1 - Roll the pink and yellow clay with the conditioning machine set on #1.  Use a blade to cut a 3” square from each piece.  Then cut each diagonally. (Due to lighting problems in my work room, not all of the clay colors in the step photos are represented with accuracy.)

step 1 - Roll the pink and yellow clay with the conditioning machine set on #1.  Use a blade to cut a 3” square from each piece.  Then cut each diagonally. (Due to lighting problems in my work room, not all of the clay colors in the step photos are represented with accuracy.)

step 2 - Stack the two pink triangles with all edges aligned.  Do the same with the yellow.  Press them together to attach them at the diagonal seam.

step 2 - Stack the two pink triangles with all edges aligned.  Do the same with the yellow.  Press them together to attach them at the diagonal seam.

step 3 - Feed the square into the machine on the #1 setting.  Fold the piece with the top and bottom edges aligned.  Feed it through the machine with the folded edge first.  Continue folding and feeding the piece in the same direction 10 times or more until the colors smoothly blend.

step 3 - Feed the square into the machine on the #1 setting.  Fold the piece with the top and bottom edges aligned.  Feed it through the machine with the folded edge first.  Continue folding and feeding the piece in the same direction 10 times or more until the colors smoothly blend.

step 4 - Fold the blended clay in half along the length (yellow to yellow edge and pink to pink edge).  Feed it into the pasta machine on #4.  This will lengthen the piece and soften the look of the blend.  Cut the strip to measure 1” wide.

step 4 - Fold the blended clay in half along the length (yellow to yellow edge and pink to pink edge).  Feed it into the pasta machine on #4.  This will lengthen the piece and soften the look of the blend.  Cut the strip to measure 1” wide.

step 5 - Give a clean straight cut to the light edge of the strip.  Use the scrap piece to shape a thin snake.  Set the snake on the clean cut edge. 

step 5 - Give a clean straight cut to the light edge of the strip.  Use the scrap piece to shape a thin snake.  Set the snake on the clean cut edge. 

step 6 - Use the snake to help you roll the clay into a snug jellyroll.  Blend the seam of the pink edge into the tube.

step 6 - Use the snake to help you roll the clay into a snug jellyroll.  Blend the seam of the pink edge into the tube.

step 7 - Cut a piece of green clay rolled on machine setting #4, to measure the same width as the jellyroll.  Cut the green edge straight and press it against the pink clay.  Roll until the pink is encased in green.

step 7 - Cut a piece of green clay rolled on machine setting #4, to measure the same width as the jellyroll.  Cut the green edge straight and press it against the pink clay.  Roll until the pink is encased in green.

step 8 - Cut the green edge so it doesn’t overlap but meets the other edge.  Blend the two edges with your finger until the seam is barely visible.

step 8 - Cut the green edge so it doesn’t overlap but meets the other edge.  Blend the two edges with your finger until the seam is barely visible.

step 9 - Slice down through the jellyroll creating two halves.  Arrange them with round edges touching.

step 9 - Slice down through the jellyroll creating two halves.  Arrange them with round edges touching.

step 10 - Roll four thin snakes of yellow, two of pink, and two of white.  Use the snakes to fill in the empty space between the two jellyroll halves.

step 10 - Roll four thin snakes of yellow, two of pink, and two of white.  Use the snakes to fill in the empty space between the two jellyroll halves.

step 11 - Gently shape the clay into a log shape.

step 11 - Gently shape the clay into a log shape.

step 12 - Grab the ends of the log and twist them in opposite directions.  Do this 5 or six times.

step 12 - Grab the ends of the log and twist them in opposite directions.  Do this 5 or six times.

step 13 - With your hands, press the twisted log flat into a rectangular shape about .75” thick.  cut off very thin slices.  Place plastic over the slices and roll across them with an acrylic roller, vertically or horizontally if you need to enlarge their size to fit the card case.  How you arrange or combine the slices is up to you.

step 13 - With your hands, press the twisted log flat into a rectangular shape about .75” thick.  cut off very thin slices.  Place plastic over the slices and roll across them with an acrylic roller, vertically or horizontally if you need to enlarge their size to fit the card case.  How you arrange or combine the slices is up to you.

step 14 - Create a cover for the case by rolling out the original pink clay on #7.  It should be a little larger than the case size. 

step 14 - Create a cover for the case by rolling out the original pink clay on #7.  It should be a little larger than the case size. 

step 15 - Arrange the slices on the cover as desired.  Don’t press down on them until you are sure all the slices are arranged where you want them.  Let their ends hang over the edges of the case.

step 15 - Arrange the slices on the cover as desired.  Don’t press down on them until you are sure all the slices are arranged where you want them.  Let their ends hang over the edges of the case.

step 16 - Lay plastic wrap over the slices and flip the case over. Angle your blade in toward the case.  Don’t drag the blade, bear down on it to slice away the excess clay on all four sides.

step 16 - Lay plastic wrap over the slices and flip the case over. Angle your blade in toward the case.  Don’t drag the blade, bear down on it to slice away the excess clay on all four sides.

step 17 - Turn the case clay side up.  Remove the plastic wrap and set the case on a piece of cardboard.  Bake it for 30 minutes in a 275 degree oven.  Allow the case to cool completely before handling.

NOTE
To create wider slices, make the rectangular shape in step 13 thicker than .75”.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Clay - Fuchsia, Canary Yellow, Spanish Olive, White1 oz. each
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
  • clay roller

On eBay

  • business card holder
  • Miscellaneous
  • plastic wrap
  • cardboard

 

 

 

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