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Create your inner core balls from the Ultralight clay. I have one ball about 1 inch in diameter and 6 that are about ¾ inch diameter and 2 smaller 1/2 inch diameter balls. Bake the beads according to the clay package directions.
Roll out 1/3 of the package of Copper clay on the widest setting on the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine; repeat several times until the clay is smooth and pliant. Set the machine down to about 5 and roll the clay back through to create a paper-thin sheet of clay. Tear small pieces of this sheet and collage them onto a BAKED Ultralight ball.
Lightly texture the completely wrapped ball on your texture stamp or piece of rough sandpaper. The texture does NOT need to be deep!
Touch your finger inside the lid of the Spring Green Pearl Ex and lightly swipe some green highlights onto the bead. Repeat with the Copper Pearl Ex.
Repeat steps 2 through 4 for all your beads. Bake according to the clay package directions for about 15 minutes. (Remember: We are just baking the thin shell of clay on the outside!)
After the beads have baked and cooled, it's time to antique them! Paint the surface of the bead with your craft paint, and then quickly wipe the surface with a wet paper towel to remove the paint from the upper surfaces. This will really bring out the clay colors, textures and Pearl Ex highlights. Set aside to dry.
Drill your beads with the drill tool, using a drill bit slightly larger than the wire you are using. NOTE: Ultralight clay is REALLY easy to drill through! You can even drill these beads by hand through the Ultralight.
The bead “cage” is created just like you are using wire to make them. Start with an extruded piece of Antique Gold clay about 10 inches long. Coil the two ends in opposite directions as shown. NOTE: Extruding clay is also a great project for kids to do for you!
Cut a 3-inch piece of wire and stick one end of the wire through the center of one of the coils. Thread the wire through the bead and through the center of the other coil of clay. Tighten the coils if you need to by twisting in opposite directions. Set the bead aside and repeat steps 8 and 9 for all the beads. Bake the beads again according to the clay package directions. (15 minutes again, since we are baking only the extruded clay this time!)
Create a medium-large loop in one end of the wire and trim the other side of the wire to about ½ inch from the bead on the other side of the wire. Grasp the end of the wire with your needle nose pliers and roll towards you to create a medium-large loop that should be fairly snug against the bead. Repeat for all the beads.
Link all the beads together with the largest bead in the center and the smaller beads on the ends. Attach both chains to one of the smaller beads, using the loop you created in the wire. Attach the other sides of the chains to the other small bead.
Open the chains at the center length and remove any excess lengths you don't need. Use the Trinket pin for your closure!