Polymer 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® Work ‘n Bake 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.
Use tinted colors as described in Sculpey University - Jewelry Basics - Creating Opal Beads. Sheet each mixed color (Tinted Sunset Pearl, Tinted Periwinkle, and Tinted Teal Pearl) and Opal and White Gold through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting. Cut out .75” circles, one each Tinted Sunset Pearl, Tinted Periwinkle, Tinted Teal Pearl, and White Gold.
Cut out two Opal circles with the 1” circle cutter.
Using the .75” circle cutter, section the .75” clay discs into pieces.
This image shows how each of the discs should be sectioned so that they can be reassembled into little inlaid mosaic pieces.
Reassemble the pieces as shown. Push the pieces together from the sides so they become connected.
Press the inlay piece onto the second smallest dome of the hollow bead maker so that it curves. While pushing it onto the dome, use your finger to make sure all the small sections have connected to each other well and are all the same level.
Cut the center of one of the Opal 1” circles with the .75” cutter. Place the ring of Opal around the inlay piece. Push all around the sides making sure the Opal ring comes into good contact with the inlay pieces and is pressed to the dome.
Using the mini circle cutter, cut out an Opal circle. Press it to the smallest dome on the hollow bead maker so that it’s curved.
Use the small Etch ’N Pearl to poke holes in each of the ear pieces so that later they can be assembled together with jump rings. Repeat the entire process to make pieces for the second earring. Bake as directed above.
After the pieces are baked and cool, pop them off of the Hollow Bead Maker. Smooth any frayed edges with the edge of a craft knife.
With pliers, open one of the large jump rings and string the large inlay piece onto it. Add a small jump ring to the large one and close the large jump ring.
Open another of the small jump rings. String it through the small Opal piece. String the small jump ring that is already attached to the other earring piece and close the ring. Repeat this process to finish the other inlay earring.
Glue posts to the back of the small Opal piece of each earring. Allow to dry completely and enjoy!