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Sculpey Premo™ Funky Mokume Gane and Terrazzo Earrings

Sculpey Premo™ Funky Mokume Gane and Terrazzo Earrings

Designed by Nidhal McMahon
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Why not team some gorgeous Mokume Gane with pieces of a terrazzo slab? NOTE: Instructions will make 4 pairs of earrings.TIME TO COMPLETION:45 minutes to make and 30 minutes to bake
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For each earring pair you will need:

  • 1 inch (or larger) gold-toned hoops(2)
  • 7 mm gold-toned jump rings (4)
  • Post and back
  • Silicone glue
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Project Instructions

Step 1

    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.

Step 2

Cut a 1/2 oz or 1/4 of a 2 oz package each of Premo Pale Blue, Premo Gold, Premo Fuchsia and Premo Lavender and condition eacg color.
photo shows small logs of each color mentioned

Step 3

Roll the first 3 colors (Pale blue, Gold and Fuchsia) to 1/16-inch thickness. If a pasta machine is used, opt for a level 3 or 4 on your machine.
Roll the lavender clay to 1/4 inch thickness. If a pasta machine is used, opt for a level 0 or 1. Note* Lavender is rolled thicker because we want this to be our dominant color in the slab.
photo shows as described

Step 4

Using a 2-inch rectangle cutter or clay blade, cut 3 large rectangles of each color.
photo shows multiple rectangles of each color

Step 5

Layer the rectangles on top of each other starting with the Lavender as the base, Pale Blue, Gold and Fuchsia and repeat until all pieces are layered.
photo shows layers being stacked together as described

Step 6

Once the layers are set, use your fingers to gently press your rectangle together on all sides until the layers are connected but not combined. You can also use an acrylic roller to gently roll each side to connect the pieces.
photo shows as described

Step 7

Use any rounded clay tools (small round cutters, dotting tools, ball stylus, toothpicks, pottery tools, flexible clay blade, etc) or a combination of tools to push into the clay from the top down.
photo shows tools by clay stack

Step 8

Push each tool deep into the clay, being careful not to go all the way to the bottom. You don’t want to break through the bottom of the clay!
photo shows clay stack after tools pressed into it

Step 9

Once you have made all the “holey” marks, use your fingers to gently begin to bring your piece back together into a solid rectangle. You can do this by pushing the four sides back together. Do not mix the colors, but rather focus on closing the holes so there aren’t holes in your final slab.
photo shows as described

Step 10

Use your clay blade to cut slices from the top down parallel to the layers.
Try to cut even 1/16” slices.
Do not cut too thick as you won’t see the pattern you created.
photo shows stack and slices as described

Step 11

Once all the slices are cut, begin to arrange them to create a slab. You can also use a thin piece of translucent clay (level 5 on your pasta machine) to lay your pieces onto if they are too thin to layer on themselves.
photo shows colorful slab of clay

Step 12

Use a 1-inch round cutter or a half circle cutter to cut your eight earrings. If a round cutter is used, simply cut part of the circle off using a tissue blade to achieve a half circle.
Note* Never discard scraps. Scraps make beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces!
photo shows trimming to half circles

Step 13

Set aside and begin your terrazzo top.
Use the remainder of your lavender clay to roll out a 1/4” slab or a level 0-1 on your pasta machine.
photo shows as described

Step 14

Take the remainder of your pale blue clay and roll out to 1/16” or a level 6-7 on your pasta machine.

Use an X-acto knife or tissue cutter to cut very small various shapes (triangles, squares, organic shapes) of pale blue clay.

Carefully place your shapes of pale blue clay onto your lavender slab. Gently roll over the slab to combine the two clay layers and cut eight 1/2” circles
photo shows as described

Step 15

Bake all pieces according to package instructions and (if desired) sand pieces for a flawless finish.

Apply gold posts to the Terrazzo top using glue or liquid clay methods.

Assemble your earrings using a round gold hoop and a 7 mm jump ring for each earring.
photo shows earring assembly layout

Step 16

Enjoy your Mokume Gane and Terrazzo Earrings!
photo shows finished earrings