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Sculpey Premo™ Slab Building for Earrings

Designed by Amy Koranek

Starting at $2.79

Slab building is easy and fun and creates a large landscape of beautifully patterned clay for use in lots of designs. Use cutters to divide the slab into smaller shapes for an endless array of earring styles. In this tutorial you will see how to create six unique pairs of earrings, but the possibilities are endless!

 

COMPLETION TIME:

60 Minutes to make and bake

Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name Qty
Sculpey Premo™ White 2 oz
$2.79
Out of stock
Sculpey Premo™ Blush 2 oz
$2.79
Out of stock
Sculpey Premo™ Beige 2 oz
$2.79
Out of stock
Sculpey Premo™ Raw Sienna 2 oz
$2.79
Out of stock
Sculpey Premo™ Antique Gold 2 oz
$2.79
Sculpey Tools™ Graduated Cutters: Circle, 6 pc
$6.99
Sculpey Tools™ Graduated Cutters: Tear Drop, 6 pc
$6.99
Sculpey Tools™ 8-Inch Acrylic Roller
$8.99
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades
$14.99
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Tool Starter Set
$8.99
Sculpey Tools™ Cutters: Square, 6 pc
$6.99
  • Gold tone fish hook ear wires (12)
  • 10mm Gold tone jump rings (4)
  • 8mm Gold tone jump rings (26)
  • 4mm Gold tone jump rings (12)
  • Flat nose pliers

Additional Resources

    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.

    Baking:
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.
First mix 1/2 bar of Beige with 1/4 bar of White to make Wheige. Use the Acrylic Clay Roller or a pasta machine to make a sheet from the Wheige that is approximately 1/8” thick.

Use the Acrylic Clay Roller or pasta machine to create smaller sheets of each White, Antique Gold, Beige, Raw Sienna, and Blush. These sheets should be about 1/16” thick
From the thin sheet of Antique Gold, cut out several of the smallest squares. Sprinkle these randomly on the background color and make sure they are well seated by rolling over them with the Acrylic Clay Roller.

From the thin sheet of Beige, cut out several of the smallest circles. Sprinkle these randomly on the background color and make sure they are well seated by rolling over them with the Acrylic Clay Roller.
From the thin sheet of White, cut out several of the medium circles. Use the Clay Blade to divide the circles into triangles. Sprinkle these randomly on the background color and make sure they are well seated by rolling over them with the Acrylic Clay Roller.
From the thin sheet of Raw Sienna, cut out several of the smallest squares. Use the Clay Blade to divide each square into four smaller squares. Sprinkle these randomly on the background color and make sure they are well seated by rolling over them with the Acrylic Clay Roller.
From the thin sheet of Blush, cut out a couple of the medium circles. Use the same cutter to cut off crescent shapes. Sprinkle these randomly on the background color and make sure they are well seated by rolling over them with the Acrylic Clay Roller.
Make sure the patterned sheet is really flat and even with the Acrylic Clay Roller.
Use the Blunt Point Tool and the Needle Tool to decorate with dots and dashes over the surface of the clay.
Use the cutters to make shapes for the earring designs.
You can make 1/8” thin sheets from the remainder of the solid colors so that you can mix and match solid color shapes in your designs as well.
You can make endless combinations of shapes that can be mixed and matched into unique styles.
Line each style up so that you can poke holes through the clay pieces to allow for assembly with jump rings later.
Bake all the shapes in groups so you can remember how you want to assemble them.
When the pieces are completely cool, assemble them with jump rings using flat nose pliers.
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