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Sculpey Premo™ + Sculpey Souffle™ Heishi Bead Bracelet

Sculpey Premo™ + Sculpey Souffle™ Heishi Bead Bracelet

Designed by Amy Koranek
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This is the third bracelet project in a three-part series to create a stacked bracelet look. You can make the other bracelets in the stack by going to the tutorials for Veined Beads Bracelet and Wrap Bracelets. COMPLETION TIME: 60 Minutes to make, bake, and assemble

Note: Clays listed below are 1 oz bars from the Sculpey Premo™ + Sculpey Souffle™ clay kit
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  • 12 Gauge wire about 4” long
  • 6 mm Gold tone jump ring
  • Assorted glass faceted lentil beads (8)
  • Gold tone word charm
  • 12” Stretchy string
  • Scissors
  • Flat nose pliers
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Project Instructions
    Getting Started:
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.

Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.

    Baking (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking/curing; however please note that the baking/curing times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.
To create the Heishi beads I’m using scraps from the Wrap Bracelets in Bluestone. Also 1/4 bar Yellow Gold Glitter, 1/4 bar Galaxy Glitter, and 1/4 bar Igloo.
photo shows clay colors
Chop the colors up all at once into coarse bits with the Clay Blade. Scramble the colors as you chop so that they get mixed up well.
photo shows chopped clay
Bundle the bits together into a ball.
photo shows as described
Compress the ball with your hands to work out spaces and air pockets.
photo shows as described
Divide the ball into four equal pieces with the Clay Blade.
photo shows 4 pieces of ball
Roll each ball into a fat little log. Use the wire to poke all the way through the little log stringing the log onto the wire.
photo shows small log with wire through it
Roll the clay on the wire making a tube bead 1/4” thick.
photo shows clay lengthened on wire
Carefully slide the raw tube bead off the wire. Carefully slice the wonky ends off. The end pieces can be recombined onto the next chunk of clay to make more beads.

Repeat Steps 7-9 to make three more tube beads except make the diameter of each one slightly different so that the tube beads are all different diameters.

Bake the tube beads following the baking instructions for Soufflé™.
photo shows another clay tube
Allow the tube beads to cool completely and then carefully slice them into Heishi beads with the Clay Blade. Even though the tubes are already baked, you can easily slice them with a Clay Blade.
photo shows slicing beads
Here is my collection of Heishi beads that I sliced from the tube beads.
photo shows bowl with sliced beads
String the Heishi beads in groups divided by the glass lentil beads on stretchy bead cord.
photo shows beads strung on bracelet
Tie the bead cord off using an overhand knot.
photo shows knotted bead cord
The charm can be attached with a 6 mm jump ring.
photo shows charm with jump ring
Use flat nose pliers to open and close the jump ring and attach the charm as shown.
photo shows finished bracelet