Getting Started:Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. 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 degrees F (130 degrees C) for 15 minutes per ¼” (6mm) thickness. For best baking results, use and oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be done by an adult.Begin by preheating oven to 275 degrees F (130 degrees C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Sheet each color through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. For this project you will need a 3” square of each color.
Drop a bit of silver glitter on both the Teal Pearl and the Silver squares. Rub the glitter over the surface of each color with your fingertips. Add more glitter as needed to make a solid thin layer over the two colors.
Stack the colors as shown.
Sheet the three colors together through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. [
Roll the tri-colored sheet up into a jelly roll
Roll the jelly roll between your hand and work surface to smooth it and make sure all the air is pressed out between the layers.
Slice several thin pieces from the jelly roll. For this project, the slices do not have to be even.
Sheet remaining Navy Pearl through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. Lay the jelly roll slices on top of the Navy Pearl sheet. Crowd the slices together and they can overlap each other a bit. Trim excess Navy Pearl away from the slices and save it for future projects.
Press the sheet with the slices on it through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.
Fold the sheet in half with all the slices on the outsides and press it through the pasta machine again on the thickest setting. If you like, you can fold it again and press it through again in order to make the sheet have big galaxy like swirls on it that are kinda blurry.
Locate two areas on the sheet that look really cool and cut out two oval shapes. I used the next to the largest oval size.
For the next steps you’ll need to look up information to determine the shape of your astrological sign. In the next few steps I’m showing you how I made a simple version of Virgo. Using the pointer tool, I plotted some major star points on the oval leaving plenty of room at the top for a hole later.
Next I used the flat ended tool to connect the stars together with a little scored line.
Add heat set crystals to the star points and make sure they are seated firmly on the clay. When the clay bakes in the oven, the glue on the heat set crystals will melt and set to the clay as well. Poke a hole in the top of each piece with the toothpick so that you can later add a jump ring to make the necklaces. When poking holes, push the toothpick through from the front, then turn the piece over and poke through from the back. This will make a hole that is neat and smooth and the excess clay will be tucked inside the hole.
Bake the pieces following the baking instructions. Add jump rings at the top with jewelry pliers. Add ball chain to the jump rings