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.
Roll about 1/4 package of each color into sheets on the thickest pasta machine setting.
Cut 2 strips 1/8” wide from each color and 3 from the 18K gold. Arrange the strips side by side to form a new sheet, with the 18k gold repeating on both sides.
Fold the sheet bottom to top, lining up the stripes as carefully as possible. Roll the folded clay through the pasta machine fold side down.
Repeat folding and rolling, always carefully lining up the stripes as well as possible. Repeat 15-20 times or until the stripes look soft and fuzzy instead of clearly defined colors.
Cut the clay into two equal parts. Roll up the clay into tubes. Smooth the seams and pierce the beads end to end with a needle tool.
Bake the beads according to the manufacturer’s instruction on the clay package.
Cut a 5” length of gold wire. About 2” from one end, create a wrapped loop. The short side will be the post wire that runs through the bead and the longer side will be the wrap wire. Add an accent bead on the post wire and with the wrap wire, go over the bead and twice around the post wire. Add the polymer bead and spiral the wrap wire at least one revolution around the length of the bead. Wrap the post wire twice and trip the wire close. Add an accent bead and create a wrapped loop with the remaining end of the post wire. Add an earring wire.
Repeat step 6 for the second bead.
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