It’s summer time! That means it’s ponytail season. Dress up some simple elastic bands or headbands with the leftovers of your latest bead or jewelry project or other surface pattern on these easy, fun hair accessories.
Elastic hair bands
Elastic or fabric headband
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 ¼" (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 Conditioning Machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Using a bit of canework or any other surface pattern, create a sheet that is about 1/8” thick. You might need to place your surface design on another sheet so it is thick enough.
Cut an oval or other shape the desired size (sample oval is 1.5 x2”)
Press the oval to a curved form such as an expended light bulb. Bake as directed above.
Roll a bit of clay (can be scraps) to a medium thickness and cut into a rectangle 1” x 1.5”. Form a channel by pressing it over a wooden skewer.
Remove the skewer and press the clay into the back curve of the piece, attaching it firmly on one side with a drop of Liquid Sculpey and letting the other side just rest against the surface, but not adhere. Bake again for 20 minutes.
Finish the surface design if necessary with paints, powders, sanding or buffing. Carefully lift the un-adhered side of the clay channel and stretch the elastic band underneath.
The elastic bands eventually wear out with time and use, so leaving the clay unglued allows the band to be changed out. Or, if you prefer, the loose side of the channel in the back can be glued in place with clear, fast drying glue gel.
Create the surface design desired in a piece about 1/8” thick and cut the piece to an appropriate shape. It can be any shape but should extend at least ½” wider than the width of the headband.
Turn the shape over and cut a second layer of medium thickness clay to sandwich around the headband. Use a piece of stamp paper down the center of the shape to keep the clay layers from adhering to each other. Add a thin line of Liquid Sculpey at the edge and press the second layer into position, keeping the opposite side free. Use another piece of paper if necessary.
Form the shape over a contour form such as a floodlight bulb, keeping the paper between the layers. Bake as directed above.
Remove the paper and insert the headband. Glue the open side with clear, quick drying glue gel.
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