Have on hand: small Turquoise beads (pumpkin shape); Antique Gold flat spacers; Antique gold ear wires and eye pins; wire cutters and jewelry pliers; needle tool; instant glue
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Work ‘n Bake Clay 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 ¼" (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.
Roll two ½ inch balls of conditioned Premo Cayenne.
Gently press on the center of the ball to make them into a lozenge shape, slightly tapered on one end.
Use the edge of the Super Slicer to cut small notches right next to each other along the bottom edge of the tapered clay. Make a second round of cuts in between the original row of notches. (these cuts overlap the first row).
Trim the smaller end of the bead and use the needle tool to press a hole in the center top about ¼ inch deep.
Bake as directed in Step 1. Once the clay has baked and cooled, slide a spacer bead on an eye pin, then a turquoise bead, followed by two more spacer beads. Trim the wire leaving about ¼ inch of wire. Gently push the wire into the hole in the baked bead – no excess wire should show. If the wire length is correct, glue the wire into place in the bead and add the ear wire to the eye pin. Repeat for the other earring.
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