This is the second bracelet project in a three-part series to create a stacked bracelet look. You can make the other bracelets in the stack by going to the tutorials for Wrap Bracelets and Heishi Beads Bracelet.
COMPLETION TIME: 60 Minutes to make, bake, and assemble
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.
The Druzy crystal I’m using has a hole in it but I don’t like the hole because it is off center. I’m going to apply clay to the back of my crystal so that I can poke the hole where I want it through the clay. Condition a small piece of Igloo that is about the size of the Druzy crystal.
Push the clay onto the flat side of the crystal and wrapping the clay around the edges enough to trap the crystal. If the clay is way too thick, you can carefully remove some with the Clay Blade.
Poke a hole through the clay backing with the Needle Tool. Bake the Druzy bead with the clay on it following the baking instructions for Soufflé™. Allow to cool completely before handling.
Chop 1/2 bar Igloo into course chunks.
Sheet 1/4 bar of Latte through the pasta machine to the sixth thickest setting. Drape a little sheet of the Latte over the cluster. The Latte drape only needs to be as large as the area of chunks, so trim it if necessary.
Use fingertips to push the Latte sheet down into the nooks and crannies. I found a stray chunk of Igloo so I just placed it on top.
Divide the clay slab into four equal sections with the Clay Blade.
Stack the four sections up as shown. Again, that little Igloo lump on the top was just a stray I found. It isn’t necessary for the process.
Flatten the stack and compress the sides with your hands. Force the clays to fill in empty spaces creating a tight little loaf that’s approximately 2” x 1.5”.
Divide the loaf into eight equal pieces with the Clay Blade.
From the sides the pieces will look veiny.
Use fingertips to shape the pieces into random shapes like smooth stones.
Poke holes in each one. Bake following the baking instructions for Soufflé™. Allow to cool completely before handling.
String onto stretchy bead cord using metal spacer beads as shown.
Tie a knot to finish the stringing.
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