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Premo Dragon Pod Necklace

Starting at $2.79

I don't know about you, but I adore weird looking stuff. In fact, my goal is to create something I’ve never seen before. Translucent clay always opens my mind and tickles my imagination. Try it over different colors and with different shaped cores; and I’ll bet you'll get hooked on Translucent too. Design by Teresa Salgado    
Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name
Sculpey Premo™ White 2 oz
$2.79
Sculpey Premo™ Black 2 oz
$2.79
Sculpey Premo™ Translucent 2 oz
$2.79
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine
$39.99
Sculpey Tools™ Graduated Cutters: Circle, 6 pc
$6.99
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades
$14.99
Sculpey Tools™ 5-in-1 Clay Tool
$15.99
Jewelry pliers; Bead wire; Beads and spacers (quantity, color, shape and size depend on your design choices); Clasp; Crimp beads; Crimp covers

Additional Resources

    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.
Condition 1 block of Translucent clay and create a sheet on the widest setting of the Clay Conditioning Machine. Cut the sheet in half. Roll one strip into a log and set the other strip aside. Make a sheet of White large enough to fit around the log, using the #7 setting. Wrap the translucent log in White. Repeat with the Black on the #6 setting. Wrap the log once again.
Cut the log in half. Reduce 1/2 of the log to 3/8” across. Set the other half aside. Tip: I do this with all canes for two reasons. 1) If I make a few bad cuts, it’s nice to have extra cane ready.2) While my beads are in the oven, I’ll want to experiment and play and make more; so... it’s nice to have extra cane ready!
Let the reduced cane rest (cool off) while you form the bead cores. To make the cores, Cut 7 circles from the remaining sheet of Translucent, using the 1-1/2 inch Sculpey Graduated Cutter. Roll the circles into balls. Make the cone shape by rolling the bead with the pinky sides of your palms together.
Cut thin slices from the small bulls eye cane. Cover the cores with the slices.
Lay the beads on a ruler, adjust size if needed. Pierce uniformly with the piercing tip of your 5 in 1 Tool.
Bake in a bed of cornstarch, or on accordion folded paper, or a bead rack for 45 minutes at 275. Tip: I tent all of my translucent pieces with foil to prevent darkening.
String your pods using the beads and spacers of your choice. Take your time and try out all of your ideas. For me, the design process is the best part.
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