Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4” (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Roll out two ounces of Alizarin Crimson through the Clay Conditioning Machine on the thickest setting. You want the width of the clay sheet as wide as the rollers.
Press the clay sheet onto the sheet of Gold Leaf. The Gold Leaf with stick once it makes contact with the clay.
Roll the sheet through the Clay Conditioning Machine again on the second thickest setting. Make sure the the width of the clay going through the rollers horizontally. Then turn the sheet ¼ turn and roll it through the Clay Conditioning Machine vertically on the third thickest setting. This causes the clay to have an even crackle effect.
Use the Super Slicer to trim the edges of the sheet. Cut long thin triangles from the sheet. Your triangles should be approximately 1-1/4" wide going down to a point. The widest end of the triangle will be the length of each bead. The longer your triangles are the thicker your beads will be.
Position the widest edge of the triangle along the side of your Etch N Pearl tool. Carefully roll the clay triangle around itself. When you get to the end, push the tip of the triangle into place on the bead with your finger. You can bake the bead on the Etch N Pearl tool or gently remove it from the tool to bake. Make as many beads as you desire. Bake according to directions above and allow to cool completely before assembling necklace.
For each bead you make you will need one eye pin and two jump rings. Put one jump ring on the end of each eye pin. Slide the eye pin with the jump ring into the hole of the bead. Using the round nose pliers, curl the other end of the eye pin into an eye. Put another jump ring into that eye. Repeat this step for each bead.
Cut off 3" of chain. You will need one piece of chain for each bead. Open the jump ring on one end of each bead and attach the 3" chain. Close the jump ring. Repeat this step for each bead.
Open the jump ring on the other end of each bead and attach it to the chain that is already connected to another bead. Repeat this process until all the beads are connected together with chain pieces in between each one. You should have a necklace that is at least 40" long. The necklace can be worn singly or doubly around your neck.
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