This clever graphic design, featuring Sculpey III® Peach clay, will be a sure hit in your Spring and Summer wardrobe. The design can be easily adapted to wire earrings instead of posts as well. Plus, can't you just imagine this design in other colors? Even mixed colors? Yes please!!
COMPLETION TIME: 60 Minutes to make, bake, and assemble; some drying time required for glue
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work 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 (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure 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 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking/curing; however please note that the baking/curing 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.
Roll thin ropes of Peach Sculpey III® to 4.5” long. You will need 6 ropes for each earring and the ropes should be about 1/8” thick each. Lay 6 ropes together with sides touching for each earring. Make sure the ropes are connected to each other with no gaps using fingertip pressure.
Carefully bend the ropes in half as shown.
Cross the ends of the ropes over each other as shown. Use gentle fingertip pressure to connect the top layer to the bottom.
Flip the piece over and trim the bottom piece at an angle matching the front piece with the Clay Blade.
Flip the piece back right side up and trim the top piece to the layer above using the Clay Blade as well.
Repeat Steps 3-6 to make the second piece with the overlap in the opposite direction as the first piece. Bake the pieces following the baking instructions for Sculpey III®.
Allow the pieces to cool completely before handling.
Here is the layout for the earring construction.
Glue the posts to the top back of each clay piece. Allow the glue to dry completely before handling.
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