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.
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 1/4" (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.
For the beads:Condition and mix equal amounts of Pink and Yellow together to make Orange.
Condition Pink and Yellow and then twist them together to also make marbled colors
To make beads, roll ropes of each Pink, Yellow, Orange, and Marbled. Cut the ropes into equal size pieces.
Roll all the pieces into balls.
Poke a hole in each ball with the toothpick to create beads. When you poke the toothpick in, gently twirl it around making a hole that is large enough to get four strands of the braiding floss through. Bake all the beads following the baking instructions.
Instructions-Knotting the Bracelets:Take six (6) strands of floss - two (2) of each color. Fold all the strands in half together and twist the middle portion tightly. Holding the twist, tie an overhand knot making a loop in the twisted area.
Mount the loop to either a clipboard or use a chip clip to mount the loop to a heavy piece of cardboard so that it will be easier to complete the knotting. Separate the colors as shown so that you have double strands of matching colors on the outsides, double strands of matching colors to the left and right of the outside colors, and matching colors going down the middle.
When tying the knots, always work with double strands of each color because it makes heavier knots. Beginning on the left, take the outermost color and cross it over the color to the immediate right.
Bring the outside color around the next color and up through itself tying a knot.
When you pull the knot up, be sure to hold the color that the knot is going around very tightly so the knot slides all the way up to the loop at the top. Repeat to tie another knot on the same strand again.
Next, tie the same color around the color in the middle, pull the knot tight to the top and then repeat and tie another knot on the same strand. Place the color that you’ve been tying in the middle now.
Next, go to the right side of the strands and starting with the very outside color, tie two knots around the color to the immediate left and pull them tight. Tie the same color around the next color to the immediate left and pull them tight. Leave the tying strands in the middle.
Always start on the left, tying the outside color around the colors to the right of it. Then go to the right side and tie the outside color around the colors to the left of it. Always leave the color you’ve been tying to be the new center color. This will create a chevron pattern. I tied two (2) series of chevrons as shown before adding any beads.
Thread a bead onto the four strands of floss that are the middle color.
Pull the bead up tight and then tie two knots under it to hold it in place. Use the same style knot that you’ve been using all along.
Continue tying the chevron pattern. Then add another bead.
Continue tying the chevron pattern and adding beads until the bracelet is as long as you would like. At the very end, tie and overhand knot with all the strands to secure the bracelet. Then you can add little beads to the strands as you wish to finish off your bracelet.
You can vary the look of your friendship bracelets by tying the knots looser or tighter. Or by varying the pattern of the beads that you incorporate. Or by making your beads larger or smaller.
Here the bracelets are shown with different ways of finishing off the strands with little beads. Tie several knots to make sure the decorative beads are secure, and then trim the ends.