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.
Mix a small amount of Ecru clay thoroughly into the White clay.
Roll clay into a log approximately 3/4 inches in diameter. Cut one inch pieces from this log for the beads.
Roll each one inch section into a ball. Don't aim for perfection here -- the idea is that these beads will look very old and hand made!
Using the skewer or needle tool, make a hole in the first round bead. Pierce the clay from one side, going through to the other side without exiting. Remove needle tool and go in from the other side to ensure that holes are neat, with no rough edges.
Flatten bead to create an oval, or "lozenge" shaped bead.
With bead still on skewer or needle tool, ink rubber stamp with Memories ink and place stamp face up on work surface.
Press bead firmly but gently onto stamp. Turn the bead over and repeat. Placing a piece of waxed paper between your fingers and the bead will prevent smearing of the ink, as well as fingerprints.
Remove bead from needle tool and place on baking tray. Repeat until you have enough beads for the bracelet.
Bake beads at 275 °F in an oven that has been calibrated for temperature accuracy for 30 minutes per 1/4" of thickness. Remove from oven and cool.
Brush each bead with a coat of Studio by Sculpey Antiquing Medium in Chocolate Brown, working the paint into the crevices of the stamped images. Wipe paint away before it dries. Repeat if desired for a more "antiqued" look.
Starting with a crimp bead, string beads onto elastic cording, adding a spacer bead between each larger bead.
Once stringing is complete, bring last end of cording through crimp bead (in the opposite direction). Pull taut. Squeeze crimp bead with pliers to close it. Trim ends and enjoy!