Creative Paperclay

Altered Cameo Trinket Box
by Shirley Rufener, CPD 
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Create multiple cameos for your altered art, jewelry, books, crafts, cards and scrapbook projects using NEW "Jiffy Mold" putty and "Creative Paperclay"!


  • Jiffy Mold two-part silicone putty (Creative Paperclay Co., Inc.)
  • Creative Paperclay®
  • Small square paper mache box
  • Collage scrapbook paper
  • Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue (Duncan)
  • Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue (Duncan)
  • Variegated and Silver Leaf Foil
  • Leaf sizing (adhesive)
  • Luster Run-On copper metallic paste (Craf-T Products)
  • Inexpensive plastic cameo
  • Metal filigree (fancy metal stamping)
  • Black and sage green acrylic paint
  • Plastic circle template or stencil
  • Small paint brush
  • Soft bristle round paint brush
  • Future floor wax (finish)
  • Paper towel of soft cloth


1. Using template, measure equal size balls of part A, and part B Jiffy Mold putty. Knead them together for about 30-45 seconds, or until the color is uniform.

2. Place putty on protected work surface, flatten somewhat, and press cameo into putty, face down, till flush with back side.

3. Allow mold to harden around item for 15 minutes.

4. Cover box with scrapbook paper using a spread out layer of Quick Dry Tacky glue.

5. Form a small, smooth oval ball of Paperclay and press into mold so it just fills bottom section of mold (not the fancy edge).

6. Allow clay to dry in the mold, or, if making multiple embellishments, carefully flex and bend the mold to release cameo.

7. When dry, apply leaf adhesive to the background areas of the cameo only, and let dry. Apply variegated leaf to adhesive with soft brush.

8. Apply leaf adhesive to the cameo subject, allow to dry, then apply silver leaf. To seal, apply a coat of floor wax and let dry.

9. Leave as is, or antique by applying a coat of slightly watered down (ink consistency) black paint, and wiping excess.

10. Make a filigree mold, and fill it with green (acrylic paint) tinted Paperclay. When dry, highlight with copper paste.

11. Glue cameo to green base, and then to box lid using Fast Grab Tacky glue. (See main project photo above)

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