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Sculpey Soufflé™ Sedona Circle Earrings

Sculpey Soufflé™ Sedona Circle Earrings

Designed by syndee holt
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Sculpey Soufflé™ Sedona teams up with Soufflé™ team mates Cabernet and Robins Egg to create these wonderfully textured earrings using a simple Mokume Gane technique.TIME TO COMPLETION: 30 minutes to make and 30 minutes to bake
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  • Small smooth tile to work on
  • Antique Bronze wire beads, or glass beads to match (2)
  • 6 mm Antique Bronze jump rings (4)
  • Antique Bronze ear wires (2)
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Small smooth tile to work on
  • Antique Bronze wire beads, or glass beads to match (2)
  • 6 mm Antique Bronze jump rings (4)
  • Antique Bronze ear wires (2)
  • Jewelry pliers
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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.

• Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake 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; however please note that the baking 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

Sheet out each of the 3 conditioned clays on a medium/thin setting (#3 on my machine). Cut 2-inch squares of each color.
photo shows sheeted clay

Step 3

Stack the colors on top of each other with the Robins Egg in the middle and run through the clay pasta machine again on the same #3 setting. Cut the long piece in half as shown and restack in same order.
Repeat this step again.

NOTE: You may want to turn the stack and run the long end through this time to help create a more square piece of clay.
photo shows as described

Step 4

After repeating Step 3 again, stack the two pieces together and make sure that the 1.75-inch round cutter will fit on your stack.
photo shows stacked pieces

Step 5

Use the medium ball tool to gently press into the top of the clay (Sedona side up) in a random fashion.
photo shows as described

Step 6

Repeat Step 5 using the small ball stylus. BE CAREFUL! Not to poke all the way through the clay stack.
photo shows making smaller holes

Step 7

Place the clay stack on your smooth tile and gently press down to help it stick to the tile. Have a clean sheet of paper standing by on your worksurface as well.
photo shows as described

Step 8

Grasp your flexible clay blade in both hands and use your thumbs to slightly curve the blade. Then slowly slide the blade through the top layers of the clay. It doesn’t matter how wide or long this slice is, just that you are staying in the top layers of the stack.
photo shows making thin slice

Step 9

Place the trimmed clay on your clean sheet of paper and admire your clay work! Make sure to say loudly, ”I meant to do that!”
photo shows trimmed clay with exposes layers of color

Step 10

Repeat steps 8 and 9 until the entire surface has been trimmed.
photo shows as described

Step 11

Use your clay roller (sparingly) to help smooth the surface and blend between the sliced areas a little.
photo shows smoothing surface a little

Step 12

Audition which part of the stack you want for your earrings and use the 1.75-inch cutter to cut out that circle. Set aside.
photo shows as described

Step 13

Sheet out a thin (#4) layer of the Cabernet clay and layer it under a #4 layer of Sedona. Then gently lay those trimmed pieces that we saved on the clean paper onto the stacked clay. Don’t press down yet!
photo shows as described

Step 14

Compare your cut circle to the clays you have laid out to make sure that there is a decent match of colors.

Once you are satisfied. Lightly press the clays together and repeat steps 5 and 6, using the medium ball stylus in the larger holes and the small stylus lightly in the smaller holes. Then cut your second circle out! Fiendishly clever right?
photo shows as described

Step 15

Position your circle on the largest bump on the Hollow Bead Maker. I like to use the palm of my hand to gently press the clay onto the metal. Position the .75 circle cutter in the center of the clay. (NOTE: standing up while doing this greatly increases my chances of centering my circle correctly.
photo shows clay on Hollow Bead Maker

Step 16

Firmly press the cutter down and use the edge of your clay blade to gently pry the small circle off the metal. I also bake these circles for later use.

Repeat steps 15 and 16 for the second circle on the other large bump.

If you make your holes in your beads before baking, make the holes now in what you deem top/center (blue arrow).

Place the Hollow Bead Maker on your baking surface and bake the clay according to the directions in Step 1 above.
photo shows cutting out center of circle on the Hollow Bead Maker

Step 17

Once the clay has baked and cooled, assemble your earrings as shown in this photo.
photo shows earring assembly

Step 18

Here’s a look at the big finish!
photo shows finished earrings