These great bracelets are fun and easy to create.
Sculpey III Extruded Bracelets
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Preheat oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Condition all clay by kneading until it’s soft and smooth or running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Allow the ink to dry thoroughly before folding the clay with the ink side on the inside and run through your Clay Conditioning Machine repeatedly to blend the ink into the clay. You can chose to blend it completely, or just partially blend it. You can also add another swab of ink and repeat the blending process to get a deeper color if you wish. NOTE: The Pinata Purple is a very deep color, go lightly with this one!
Wrap your length of clay around the soda can, taking care not to stretch it, so that the extruded clay goes a little past the end of the clay to start a second row of clay. Use your Super Slicer to cut BOTH of these rows of clay at a 45 degree angle. Make this cut about ½” from the original end of the clay. It is smart to carefully inspect the clay cord before you cut to make sure that there are no air pockets or dings
Butt the two ends up against each other (they should match perfectly since they were cut at the same time) and use your finger to smooth the seam. This seam does not have to be perfect since you are going to wrap the wire around it after baking. Make sure that the sides and the back are fairly smooth also.
Once you have all your bracelets on your can, place the can upright in your preheated clay oven and bake for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the cans with a hot mitt, trying not to touch the clay. After about 5 minutes, when the can is warm but comfortable to touch with bare hands, gently work the bracelets down and off the can. Allow them to thoroughly cool on a flat surface.
Add a rough wire wrap around the area of the seam on the bracelet by cutting a 10 inch length of wire and wrapping it around the seam area. Tuck your starting end under the wraps as you go and trim. Keep the last couple of wraps loose and tuck your wire end through and pull to tighten. Trim. Don't stress about getting my wire wraps perfect, I like the more primitive look Make five wraps and then go back, wrapping to fill the blanks.
If a soda can is too large/too small for your wrist check your pantry for other cans that might work!! Remove any paper labels before you add clay to them, as the ink on the paper can transfer to the clay. Use any clay that you have added alcohol-based inks to as soon as possible, as it tends to dry out the clay.