Getting StartedPolymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. 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 for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
From scrap clay (rolled at widest setting in the pasta machine), cut an oval of the smaller of the two cutters. The longer dimension here is 1.5 inches. Fold an eye pin as shown in the image and press it gently into the scrap clay. Do not press too hard as it causes a distortion of the edge. Using the second to widest setting in the pasta machine, roll premo! Gold and cut using the larger of the two oval cutters. Please use cling wrap over the clay to make the edges rounded.
Set the two ovals on top of each other, making sure there is no trapped air in between the two layers. Gently roll with the acrylic roller to take any trapped air out.
Gently fold over the premo! gold layer to cover the edge and smooth it out with the back of Xacto knife. Do it until no scrap clay shows from the sides.
Mark a small oval in the center of the large ovals. This will be the size of the pink-to-white skinner blend “core” for the earrings. Using the same cutter, cut out the skinner blend, catching the blended portion of the sheet
Set the oval over the mark made on the earrings, with a little scrap clay underneath, to give it a three dimensional “stone” like look
Extrude the gold clay using the thinnest setting in the extruder.
Outline the shaded pink core with the extruded gold elements.
Create an outline with the 2 mm rubies, just outside of the extruded gold element. Pull the thread out slowly once the rubies are settled in.
Gently push the rubies into the clay to embed the rubies so that they don’t fall off.
Start setting the elements in a symmetric pattern (this takes some time to get a hang of, so be patient). Measuring the elements at the same time helps maintain uniformity.
Fill in with small filigree elements (measuring eight at a time). It is better to work with both earrings at the same time as it helps maintain uniformity in the design.
Highlight the white part of the Skinner blend using pearl-Ex micro pearl powder.
Needle works as a great texturing tool, use it to texture small and relatively unreachable parts of the design
Dust the golden part of the earrings using Pearl-Ex Aztec Gold powder. Bake according to the directions above and allow to cool before handling.
Once the earrings have cooled down, apply a thin coat of Sculpey gloss glaze to protect the Pearl-Ex powders
Bend the eye-pins into a loop using a round nosed pliers and attach the stud portion of the earring, closing the loop after.