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Sculpey Soufflé™ Mandarin Collar Necklace

Designed by Gretchen Amberg

Starting at $2.79

This necklace is a statement for sure! 

Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name Qty
Sculpey Tools™ Bead Maker
$10.99
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades
$14.99
Sculpey Tools™ Bead Baking Rack
$14.99
Sculpey Soufflé™ Mandarin 1.7 oz
$2.79
Out of stock
Sculpey Soufflé™ Igloo 1.7 oz
$2.79
Out of stock
Sculpey Soufflé™ Canary 1.7 oz
$2.79
Sculpey Soufflé™ Cherry Pie 1.7 oz
$2.79
Out of stock
  • Perfect Pearls Mica Powder in Perfect Pearl
  • Large Soft Bristle Paint Brush
  • Copy Paper
  • Size 8 Gold Tone Metal Beads
  • Gold Tone 3 Strand Jewelry Clasp
  • Gold Tone Beading Wire
  • Gold Tone Crimp Beads
  • Gold Tone Crimp Covers
  • Jewelry Wire Cutters
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Crimping Pliers
  • Filigree Fan Shaped Gold Tone metal pendant – 2.5” at the widest and 3/8” wide at the narrowest point
  • 5/8” Round Kemper Cutter

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.
Note: The necklace represented in the photo has a length of 18” on the inner most (large Mandarin) beads. The number of beads can be increased or decreased depending on the desired finished length of the necklace.
The smallest peach colored beads are made from a custom mixed color. The necklace, as shown in the picture, utilizes a total of 36 of the small peach colored beads, 18 beads on each side of the center metal piece. To make the peach colored clay combine 4-parts Igloo, 1-part Canary, 1-part Mandarin, and a small amount of Cherry Pie. Combine the Igloo, Canary, and Mandarin first; after those colors are blended start adding the Chery Pie a little at a time. The goal is to have a pinkish peach color, you want to avoid a color that is too orange since you will also be making solid Mandarin color beads.
Set the Clay Conditioning Machine to the thickest setting and roll out a sheet of the peach colored clay. Use the 5/8” Kemper cutter to cut out as many circles from the clay as possible. Save a small piece of the sheet of clay to the side. It is good to have a small piece available to match in case you should need to mix more of the peach color.
Set the Clay Conditioning Machine to the thickest setting and roll out a sheet of the peach colored clay. Use the 5/8” Kemper cutter to cut out as many circles from the clay as possible. Save a small piece of the sheet of clay to the side. It is good to have a small piece available to match in case you should need to mix more of the peach color.
The Cherry Pie and Mandarin beads are formed using the Bead Maker. Following the instructions that come with the Bead Maker roll at least 24 Mandarin clay beads in the 16mm size and at least 30 Cherry Pie beads in the 13mm size. Pierce the balls of clay and slide them onto the rods, as you did with the peach colored beads in Step 3, make sure you leave at about 3/8” space in between each bead.
Use the paint brush to add a thin coat of the Perfect Pearls mica powder over the surface of each bead. As you brush the powder onto the beads use the brush to gently buff the powder onto the clay. Note: Brushing the powder onto the beads while the beads are on the rods makes it easier to get powder over the entire surface and provides something to hold onto so you avoid fingerprints.
Once all of the beads have been brushed with the mica powder bake the beads for 45 minutes and let the beads cool completely. When stringing the beads onto the beading wire place a small metal bead between each clay bead.
Completing the NecklaceThe finishing of the necklace will be dictated by the metal center piece and the clasp that were chosen. The following instructions show the tools and techniques used to attach the bead strands to the chosen metal components.
The two pieces used at each point where the strands of beads are connected to the clasp or metal center piece are the crimp bead and crimp cover.
The tool used to apply the crimp beads to the beading wire is crimping pliers. The jaws of the crimping pliers have two notches. The crimp beads are closed against the wire in two steps. The two steps are performed using the two different notches in the pliers.
When attaching the end of the beading wire to the metal center piece or the clasp first slide a crimp bead over the wire. Next feed the beading wire through the hole in the clap or metal center piece. Bring the wire around and back up through the crimp bead. Once the crimp bead is on the wire slide the crimp bead down as close as you can to the piece you are attaching. Note: Make sure you leave a little bit of room in the loop so the strand of beads is able to move a little bit. You want a little movement or else the strand of beads may get stuck in the wrong position.
Once the crimp bead is in place on the wire insert the wire with crimp bead into the notch of the crimp pliers that is furthest back toward the handles (also shown as “1” in a previous image). Once the crimp bead is in position squeeze the pliers closed, release, and remove the crimp bead. You will see that the crimp bead is flattened and formed into a” U” shape.
Next position the crimp bead into the notch closest to the nose end of the pliers (also shown as “2” in a previous image). Position the crimp in the notch so that the fold is facing towards the nose end of the pliers and squeeze the handles. Once the crimp bead has been pressed closed release and remove the crimp bead.
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