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 15 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.
Crescent Roll Beads: Sheet White through the clay conditioning machine on the third thickest setting or roll with the acrylic clay roller to approximately 1/16”. Cut out little triangles that are 1/2” wide and 1.25” long.
Use the medium Etch ’n Pearl to roll the triangles up. Roll them so that the tapered end ends up at the bottom of the piece.
Pinch the bottom of the piece. Pierce a hole through the area that was pinched. You will need 10 of these.
Nautilus Beads: Roll White into tapered pieces about 2” long. Roll each taper up into a nautilus shape
Pierce a hole through the nautilus bead close to the tapered end but make sure it holds together. You will need 10 of these also.
Turquoise Rose: Mix 1/4 block Emerald and 1/4 block Silver together. Chop up the mixed color, 1/4 block Turquoise, and 1/4 block Light Blue Pearl with the blade. Keep chopping until the colors are finely chopped as shown.
Gather all the pieces together. Work the clay in your hands until it holds together well.
Make a flat piece that is 2” long and 3/8” wide. Make four (4) little pancakes.
Roll up the long flat piece into a spiral.
Place the four pancake petals around the outside of the coil with sides overlapping.
Make five (5) more petals and place them around the outside of the rose with sides overlapping. Pinch the base of the rose so that all the pieces hold together. Gently slice off the pointed base so that the rose has a flat back. Gently poke a hole through the back of the rose so that it can be strung from side to side. This hole needs to be large enough to accommodate four strands of your bead cord.
Turquoise Chips: Sheet the rest of the chopped color mix through the clay conditioning machine on the thickest setting or roll it with the roller to 1/8” thick. Cut the clay up into random sized pieces.
Take each piece between your thumb and finger and gently compress it to make an organic shape. Pierce each one through with the medium Etch ’n Pearl. These will look best if they are all very different in shape. Bake all the beads according to the baking instructions.
Stringing the Crown: Cut four (4) 16” lengths of the bead cord. At least 1” from the end, group the four (4) strands together and tie a knot. Add a clear pony bead on all four (4) strands together just beside the knot.
We will string each cord separately in short sections then bundle them back together with another small pony bead holding all four cords together. For the first section on string #1 place a large silver ball bead, crescent bead, large silver ball bead. On strings #2 and #4 place an E-bead, small silver ball, turquoise chip, small silver ball, and E-bead. On string #3 place an E-bead, small silver ball, nautilus bead, small silver ball, and E-bead. Then place another small pony bead holding all four strings together. For the next longer section repeat this pattern twice on each string and add in a few flower charms. Then put a small pony bead holding all four strings together. The photo here shows the first small section and the second longer section strung on the cords
Repeat another long section and finish it off with another small pony bead. Run all four cords through the rose bead. After the rose bead, add another small pony bead and string the entire pattern in reverse. At the end, add the final small pony bead and tie all four strings together in a knot. Secure each of the knots with super glue. When the super glue is dry, trim the ends of the cord. In this photo I’m showing the finished strung piece and the stretchy headband that I purchased to attach it to.
Sew the beaded piece to the stretchy headband around each of the small pony beads and secure tightly with a knot. You are ready to rock your festival style!