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Sculpey Premo™ Mid Century Modern Stained Glass Effect Earrings

Sculpey Premo™ Mid Century Modern Stained Glass Effect Earrings

Designed by syndee holt
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Create your very own colors using the Sculpey Color Tints and Premo Translucent clay! Of course, you can use the tints with any other clay color as well. TIME TO COMPLETION: This is a project that requires some drying time for the dyes so I recommend that you mix the dyes, apply them to the conditioned clay surface and allow the inks to dry before sitting down to complete the project. I left mine overnight. This gives you time to work on other projects – like assembling that big stack of earring components you have been meaning to get to! But the final pieces are totally worth it! ASSEMBLY TIME: 45 minutes BAKING TIME: 30 minutes
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  • Small shallow dishes to mix colors (I’m using a Sculpey Hollow Bead Maker)
  • Metal or plastic stirring tool (I’m using one of my Sculpey Etch N Pearls to stir)
  • Non porous surface for the clay to rest on for the dyes to dry – I’m using deli sheet
  • Needle tool
  • Black marker for the edge after baking
  • Black or gold-toned jumprings (2)
  • Black or gold-toned ear wires (2)
  • Pliers for assembling the earrings
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Project Instructions

Step 3

Green: 3 Blue and 4 Yellow

Teal: 5 Blue and 2 Yellow

Orange: 3 Red and 5 Yellow

Always test your colors to see how you wish your colors to

Step 2

 I started with equal amount of drops for each color and then adjusted them as I swiped a small sample on white paper.

Step 4

Condition and sheet out 2 or 3 sheets of the White Translucent and trim pieces that are about 3x3 inches. (Or if you are like me – make as much as you can so you can play with the gorgeous colors later!) Spread the selected color across the surface and set onto your nonporous surface to dry. Don’t want to wait overnight for the colors to dry?  See Step 6

Step 5

Repeat for all your colors. For this project I am only using the Teal and Green however!

Step 6

I also experimented with a quicker way to mix the dyes in by placing wet puddles on paper and swiping the clay sheet against the paper to pick up dye.  Blend the color in and repeat to achieve the color depth you want.

Step 7

Once you have your dyes dried and mixed into the clay, I suggest that you bake a small test piece.  You can see in the test piece on the sheet of clay that there is an
appearance of darkening in the piece, but once it is held up to the light it
matches the unbaked clay. We are using thin slices against white clay so the
colors will be quite vivid!

Step 8

Sheet the green clay out on the 2nd widest setting and trim equal pieces
that are about 1/2 inch wide by 3 inches long. NOTE: I like to use graphing paper to help me trim straight!

Repeat for the teal color.

Step 9

Sheet the conditioned Poppy Seed clay out on a thin setting and trim the clay to the length of your color as shown. Trim the back edge to the color as well.

NOTE: I started with wider pieces and reduced the canes
later to the 1/2 inch wide size.

Step 10

Roll the clay up and gently press along the top edge to press out any air trapped.

Step 11

Finish wrapping the clay around the color block and trim the edge. Smooth the edge seam with your finger. Set aside.

Repeat with the Green tinted clay strip to create what we call canes.

Step 12

Sheet out about 1/2 block Igloo clay on a medium thin setting. Sheet out same amount of Poppy Seed clay and stack with the Igloo clay. Run the stack through on the same setting.

Step 14

Once I had my sheet of Igloo backed with Poppy Seed filled, I put a sheet of paper
over the top and used my acrylic roller gently roll across the surface and help
adhere the pieces to the backing and even out the texture.

Step 15

Trim your pieces to your desired length. I’ve marked where I am going to cut mine to keep the pattern even on both top and bottom edges.

Trim the vertical edges to leave 6 rows of color.  Trim this in half to create two earrings with 3 rows each.  NOTE: you can cut to any size you wish actually!

Step 16

Add your hole for assembling the earring using your favorite needle tool.

I like to nick each of the corners with my blade and use the back of my fingernail to round the nick for a softer look to the corners. If you have excess white on the edges, see Step 18 below.

Step 17

Here is a look at my finished earrings. I used a black permanent marker to run around the side edges and color in the tiny bit of the white layer that showed

Step 18

Remember that I mixed an orange tint as well? I used it to create this pattern.

Step 19

When I created the 3 color pattern I used my craft knife to trim between the edge pieces as shown.