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Jewelry Basics Series Finishing a Bracelet

Project and Video by Amy Koranek Discover methods for using bead wire, crimping beads and a finishing loop and bar toggle. Designer’s Note: This simple bracelet is constructed from the beads we made in the Sculpey University Jewelry Basics – Creating Opal Beads: premo! Sculpey® Accents Opal 16mm baked beads (5) premo! Sculpey® Accents Tinted Sunset Pearl 13mm baked beads (1) premo! Sculpey® Accents Tinted Periwinkle 13mm baked beads (1) premo! Sculpey® Accents Tinted Teal Pearl 13mm baked beads (1) premo! Sculpey® Accents White Gold 13mm baked beads (2)
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12” Tiger Tail or other bead stringing wire
Silver tone bar and loop clasp
Silver tone crimp beads (2)
Silver tone round spacer beads (11)
Flat nose pliers
Wire cutters

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Getting Started:
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.
Baking:
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.
String a crimp bead onto the end of the bead wire about 1”.
String the loop side of the clasp onto the wire next to the crimp bead.
Fold the short end of the wire and string it back through the crimp bead.
Smash the crimp bead with flat pliers. Make sure the crimp holds the wire by pulling on the wire in both directions.
String on a spacer bead, a 13 mm clay bead, and another spacer bead. Make sure the beads cover whatever amount of tail was left on the jewelry wire.
Continue stringing the beads as shown in the photo alternating small and large clay beads and putting a spacer bead between every bead combination.
Check the bracelet for length. Make sure it is long enough to accommodate your wrist. After the last spacer bead, place a crimp bead. Please note that you must end the bracelet with a spacer bead just before the crimp. If you end the bracelet with a large bead, the bar clasp will not be able to lay flat in order to go through the loop as needed. String the wire end through the loop in the bar clasp and then back through the crimp bead, spacer bead, and clay bead. Pull on the tail to snug the clasp down to the crimp and pull out all excess slack.
Smash the last crimp with the flat pliers. Make sure the crimp holds the wire by pulling on the wire in both directions. If any of the wire tail is exposed, trim it with wire cutters and enjoy!