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.
Make the buttons first that go at the top of the earrings. Press a small ball of Premo™ Teal into the smallest circle shape in the Cabochon Mold. Make sure the clay fills the small circle shape completely and shave away excess clay with a Clay Blade. Carefully de-mold the small circle by flexing the mold. Repeat to make a second small circle cabochon. Set these aside for now.
Make the custom mixed colors next. Combine 1/32 bar Teal with 1/32 bar Silver completely to make Silver Teal. Combine 1/32 bar Teal with 1/32 bar Graphite Pearl completely to make Graphite Teal.
Divide the Silver Teal and the Graphite Teal in half to make two little ropes. Make two little ropes of each Silver, and Graphite Pearl using 1/16 bar of each color.
When you make the ropes, roll the clay till smooth and then gently twist each rope. When you twist, roll one rope moving your right hand forward and the other rope moving your left hand forward. In this way the mica twists in the ropes will be twisting in opposite directions and you will have two opposing ropes in each color as shown.
Cut each rope in half at an angle using the Clay Blade.
Meet each opposing rope at an angle in the center.
Pinch the opposing ropes together as shown.
Nest the ropes as shown with Silver on the top, then Silver Teal, then Graphite Teal, then Graphite Pearl at the bottom.
Repeat Steps 5-8 to make another set of nested ropes.
Layout the earrings as shown with the cabochon buttons at the top. Trim the bottoms of the nested ropes as shown.
Poke holes in the clay pieces as shown so that they can accommodate the findings. Bake the clay pieces including the cabochon buttons following the baking instructions for Sculpey Premo™. Allow to cool completely before handling.
Assemble the earrings as shown using flat nose pliers.
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