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Sculpey Premo™ Indigo Metallic Mica Shift Earrings

Designed by Gretchen Amberg
The new Sculpey Premo™ Indigo Metallic teams up with the classic Sculpey Premo™ Bronze for some mica-shift magic in these great earrings.
Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name
Sculpey Premo™ Bronze 2 oz
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades
Sculpey Tools™ Geometric Texture Sheets
Sculpey® Jewelry Designs Template Pack
final fashion photo for Indigo Metallic Earrings
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final fashion photo for Indigo Metallic Earrings
  • Pair Antique Copper hook earring findings
  • 6 mm Antique Copper jump-rings  (4)
  • Small chain nose-pliers
  • Needle tool or toothpick
  • Craft Knife

Project Instructions

    Getting Started:
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.

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.
Condition 1/4 block of Bronze and 1/2 block of Indigo Metallic. Roll each color into a medium/thin sheet. Set the sheet of Bronze to the side.

Press the Diamond pattern portion of the flexible texture sheet into the Indigo Metallic sheet of clay. Make sure the texture sheet is pressed deep into the sheet of clay. Carefully lift the texture sheet from the clay.
photo shows the texture sheet on the clay sheet
Use the Super Slicer blade to carefully shave the raised portion of the texture from the top of the sheet of clay. When you are finished removing the raised portion of the texture you will be left with a smooth sheet of clay.
photo shows top of texture sliced off sheet of clay
Position the largest shape in the template as indicated in the first image onto the sheet of clay: try to place the template in a location which will maximize the amount of clay available to cut a second shape. Use the craft knife to cut around the inside of the template. Remove the excess clay and set the two Indigo pieces to the side.

Note: If you do not have enough of the sheet of clay to fit a second piece use the leftover clay and repeat Steps 2 and 3 to make another sheet.
photo shows the shape template on the clay sheet
Press the Dot design block into the sheet of Bronze clay. Press the block firmly into the clay to make a deep impression. Carefully remove the Design Block from the sheet of clay.
photo shows the Dot block on the sheet of clay
Follow Step 3 to create a smooth, patterned sheet of Bronze clay.

Position the smallest shape in the template as indicated in the first image onto the sheet of clay. Try to place the template in a location which will maximize the amount of clay available to cut a second shape. Use the craft knife to cut around the inside of the template.
photo shows using template to cut out shape
Turn the two pieces of Bronze clay over. Pick up one of the jump-rings and place it at the narrow end of the cut piece of clay. Potion the ring so that a little bit of the opening is extended past the edge of the cut piece of clay.

Roll a small piece of Bronze clay into a ball. Press the ball flat, place over the ring, and press onto the back of the cut bronze piece. This small piece of clay will hold the ring place.

Repeat this process with the second ring and cut piece of clay.
photo shows attaching jump ring to the Bronze clay
Turn the Bronze pieces of clay over so the pattern side is facing up. Pick up the Indigo pieces of clay and place pattern side up on the work surface. Use the toothpick or needle tool to poke a hole along the middle of the wide edge of all four pieces of clay. Bake according to the directions in Step 1 above and allow the clay to cool after baking.
Use the pliers to open the remaining two jump-rings.

Note: Open the jump-rings by twisting opening the gap in a side-to-side motion. Do not open the jump-rings by pulling the cut ends straight away from each other. Opening a jump-ring in this manner distorts the shape and makes it difficult to close.

Slide a jump-ring through the hole in one each of the Bronze and Indigo pieces. Make sure that the pattern sides of the clay are facing each other. Use the pliers to close the jump-ring. Repeat this process with the two remaining pieces of clay.
photo shows pushing jump ring through hole in clay
Complete the earrings by attaching the ear hooks to the ring portion of the small Bronze pieces.
photo shows the ear wires attached