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 (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure 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/curing; however please note that the baking/curing 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.
Sheet 1/2 bar Sedona to 1/8” thick with the Clay Roller.
Cut out two large trapezoid shapes and two small trapezoid shapes.
Texture the pieces with coarse sandpaper, or stair tread, or something similar that gives a rough, non-patterned appearance.
Cut out the middles of the large shapes with a medium sized trapezoid cutter.
Now we will fashion the dangle elements for the center of the earrings. String several crystal beads on a head pin. The stacked crystals should be slightly shorter than the hole in the large clay pieces so that the crystals will dangle in the empty space.
Trim the tail of the head pin above the crystals to 3/8” with wire cutters. Use round nose pliers to curl an eye in the tail. Make a second strand of crystals.
Line up the crystal elements with the center of each earring. Poke a hole with the Blunt Point Tool in the top of the large clay piece in line with the eye of the crystal strand.
Here is the layout for the earrings. Poke holes in the bottom of each of the smaller shapes as well where they will attach to the large shapes after baking. Bake/cure the clay pieces following the baking instructions for Sculpey Soufflé™. Allow the pieces to cool completely before handling.
Use flat nose pliers to open the jump rings connecting the large and small trapezoids together. String a strand of crystals onto the jump ring so that the eye in the strand is concealed on the back side of the earring. Then close the jump ring with flat nose pliers. Repeat all for the second earring.
Flip the earrings over and glue the posts to the backs. Allow the glue to dry completely before handling.
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