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.
I created a gently marbled clay for this project by sheeting out about the package of the conditioned Ivory Souffle on the widest setting on the clay conditioning machine. Then sheet out about 1/3 package of the other two clays on the widest setting and then move to a thin setting. Tear small pieces (fingernail size or smaller) of these two clays and stick them onto the sheeted Ivory Souffle, leaving plenty of the Ivory showing. Fold in half and roll through the clay conditioning machine on the widest setting. Continue to fold and roll until you are pleased with the mix of colors. NOTE: You can add more of either of these two colors if you wish!
Cut the sheet in half and stack on top of each other (still on the widest setting). Position the 1.75 inch cutter on the stacked sheets and center the smallest (.75 inch) cutter in the middle of this cutter. Put the small piece of wood or plastic block on top of the cutters and press firmly down. Remove the excess clay from the outside of the large cutter and lift the smaller cutter – that should remove the center of the oval, then use your finger to gently nudge the clay out of the larger oval. Repeat to make 6 ovals.
Use the rubber chisel end of the middle Duel End Detail tool to help smooth any rough edges on the links. Bake as directed in step 1 above.
So HOW are we going to link these baked links together? Use the Clay Blade to cut through one of the links in the MIDDLE of one side of the link. Thread two links onto this link.
Repeat by this process to add the other links as shown. Once all the links are in place, measure the links against your wrist – I prefer not to have any links on the inside of my wrist. Adjust as necessary and use the instant glue to secure the cuts. Wipe any excess glue off immediately with a baby wipe. Allow the glue to dry.
Assemble your hardware and use the needle tool to make a “starter hole” in the side edge of the two end links.
Twist a threaded eye pin into each hole with your fingers. You can put a tiny drop of glue onto the threads of the eye pin before you twist, but I find it unnecessary.
Attach the 8 mm jump ring at one end and the necklace extended to the other end. It’s ready to wear!
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