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Souffle Blog Beads

This necklace is like a sampler of shapes and techniques that combine to create an exciting and creative piece of wearable art! Design by Gretchen Amberg
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Black Acrylic Craft Paint

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    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® Work ‘n Bake Clay 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 ¼" (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.
A couple of notes before beginning:1)The needle tool that comes in the bead making set is tapered, which allows you to make the holes in the beads larger simply by inserting the needle tool farther through the bead. You can also widen the hole on a bead by wiggling the needle tool inside the hole. It is a good idea to check that your selected cord will fit through the hole in each bead you make before baking the beads.2)Sometimes the circles of clay you are cutting stick in the cutter. Pushing the back end of the needle tool through the opening in the cutter will help dislodge the cut circle of clay.
Use the masking tape to attach one of the nail files to the ceramic tile. Position the second nail file so there is as much gap as possible that will still allow the plastic roller from the Bead Making Kit to fit across the gap and still touch both nail files. Once you have the correct spacing of the nail files determined, tape down the second nail file.
Pick up the Poppy Seed clay and knead the clay until it is soft. Roll the clay into a ball and press flat between your palms. Place the patty of clay between the nail files that are taped to the ceramic tile. Use the small plastic roller to roll the clay into a flat sheet. Note: Rolling across the top of the nail files assists with rolling even thickness sheets of clay. Since the remainder of this project is largely based on color ratios, having even thickness sheets of clay will help you keep to the ratios that are outlined in the instructions. Continue the process of rolling out sheets of clay with the Igloo and Pistachio colors. Set all three sheets of clay to the side and remove the nail files from the ceramic tile.
Bead 1 – Wavy White DiscsCut 5 circles out of the sheet of Igloo clay. Use your fingers to “pinch” the circles so they thin out around the edge and middle. Bend the edges of the discs to create a ruffled edge. Poke a hole through the middle of each disc using the needle tool. Place the beads to the side.