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.
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.
Sheet out about 1/3 of the Igloo clay on the #3 setting on the Clay Conditioning Machine. Sheet out about ¼ of the of the Poppy Seed and Guava on the #5 (thin) setting. Position the thinner sheets to the side of the first sheet (background) and assemble your medium and small Etch n’ Pearls and a small damp sponge.
Build your spots! I like to start with one of the medium Poppy Seed dots (thin sheets make dots, thicker sheets make “pearls” with these tools!) and then add smaller dots of both the Guava, and Poppy Seed as shown.
Once you have “dotted” a sufficient area for cut out your two prints, lay a sheet of Patty Paper or clean paper over the clay and use the Acrylic roller to SLIDE back and forth with gently firmness to flatten the dots some more. You can peel the paper partially back to check your progress!
Once you are satisfied with your pattern, you can use the 3rd from largest teardrop cutter to cut out your two printed patterns. Set aside.
Sheet out about 1/3 of the conditioned Raspberry Souffle on the #4 setting on the Clay Conditioning Machine. Use the largest of the teardrop cutters to cut out 2 background pieces. Use your thumb and forefinger to lightly pinch the top center of the wider part of the teardrop to form a crease. Repeat this crease with the patterned teardrops as well.
Use the needle tool to poke a hole as shown. Position the printed piece and match the hole. Place the earrings on the Hollow Bead Maker in a position to support the folded crease. You can stack your pieces together and then separate them after baking (if you don’t press them together!). Bake according to the directions in Step 1.
After the earrings have baked and cooled, separate the individual pieces for each earring. Thread the Raspberry piece onto a jump ring, followed by the printed piece. Thread on the ear wire and close the jump ring. Repeat for the other earring.
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