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.
Print this template in size 3 cm x 1.5 cm. Use this as a template for cutting and tracing
Sheet the conditioned Fuchsia clay through the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine on second thickness setting (roughly 2 mm thickness)
Use the printed (we have hand-drawn the template) to cut out the base rectangle. Using the straight blade, cut the rectangle
Trace out the outline of the smaller rectangle (to be overlaid). This helps with aligning the gold clay rectangle.
Press the eye-pins into the “thicker” side of the rectangle. This is the side where gold clay with sit on top of the Fuchsia, thereby completely covering the eye pin.
Sheet out the conditioned Gold clay on the #3 setting on the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine. Using the printed template, cut out the smaller rectangle from gold clay and lay it out using the traced line as a guide on Fuchsia clay. Repeat the process on the ‘mirror image’ side of the other earring. Smooth the edges out for a neat finish
Extrude gold clay using 1 mm thick setting in a clay extruder
Cut out equal length extruded ‘noodle’ and taper both sides. Roll the ends and add on the ‘template’ traced on the gold rectangle. Cut out teardrops from orange clay (rolled with # 4 thickness setting).
Holding the orange teardrop between the tips of your index finders, fold it gently bringing opposite sides closer. The aim is to make it look like an anthurium
Lay the anthuriums out around the swirl added on the golden part of the earring.
Cut out marquise shapes from the gold clay (roughly 12 mm long and 7 mm wide). You can cut them freehand.
Using the ribbed pattern at the back of a Gillette Silk razor, create a leaf like pattern. Press the cut leaf gently along the vein to get deep and realistic looking grooves on the clay. Using a sharp needle, gently pry the clay out of the vein and pinch the edges to form a leaf.
Set it on the earring, carefully covering the joints between the anthurium and the extruded swirl. Use Pearl-Ex to add Aztec Gold shine to the golden parts (this takes care of the mica shift in the pearlescent clay). To add to the glamour, texture the fuchsia bits using a fine tip needle
Bake the earrings according to the directions is Step 1. Since Pearl-Ex pigments are used in the earrings, it is necessary to seal those using Glaze. We’ve used Sculpey Gloss Glaze. Coat a very thin layer on the earring, allow it to dry for 30 minutes and repeat the process.
Trim the eye pin, make a loop and add a stud of your choice. The earrings are ready to wear