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.
Slice a bar of Bronze clay 3 pieces. Run each piece through the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine on the #1 (wide open) a couple of times and then put them together to make one large piece of clay. Add another piece from the second bar if needed to make a sheet of clay that is slightly longer than and twice as wide as a bracelet blank. Position the 2 bracelet blanks next to each other on the sheet of clay and gently wrap the clay around the bracelet blanks. Press gently into place on the blanks.
Use the Sculpey Super Slicer blade to SLOWLY slide along the outside edge of the blank to trim off the excess clay. Trim the end edges to the blank as well. When you are done, there should be NO clay on the inside of the bracelet blanks.
Make another sheet of clay on the #3 setting of the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine and add this in the same fashion as steps 1 and 2 above. When complete you should have TWO layers of clay on the bracelet – 1 #1 layer and 1 #3 layer. Set the bracelet aside.
Roll the remaining Bronze clay out on the #1 setting to create a sheet of clay as wide as the Floral Texture sheet and about 1/2 as tall as the sheet. Liberally spray the texture sheet with water and align the sheet of clay with the bottom on the texture sheet. Roll through the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine (set on #1). Gently remove the clay from the sheet. The sheet of clay should have spread up to cover the entire texture sheet.
Align the texture sheet on the bracelet so that the roses are centered on the bracelet. Trim the sides to about 1/2 selvage and set the excess textured clay aside. The texture will not cover the entire bracelet, so make sure that you have it centered on the bracelet with even distance from the ends of the bracelet blanks.
Gently fold the excess selvage clay to the inside of the bracelet blank. Use the craft blade (make sure that the blade is very sharp and clean!) to slide along the INSIDE of the bracelet blank and trim off the excess wrapped clay. NOTE: This time we are trimming along the INSIDE of the bracelet blank, not the OUTSIDE edge – this will allow the textured clay to wrap around and cover the two previous layers.
Use the remaining textured clay to add to the two ends of the bracelets, wrapping to the inside of the blank and trimming along the inside as you did in step 6. Wrap the clay around the ends of the bracelet blank to cover the two layers there as well. Don’t worry about matching patterns! Set the bracelet aside.
Roll a small amount of Premo! Turquoise clay out on the #1 setting. We are looking for about a 2 by 2 square of clay. Cut off about a third of this clay and use a cotton ball to apply the Black alcohol ink to the top surface of this small piece. Allow the ink to dry thoroughly on the clay for a couple of minutes.
Peacock Pearl clay out on the #1 setting, again 2x2 inches will be plenty. Cut small matchstick pieces of both the Turquoise and Peacock clays – about 5 each. NOTE: The amount of each color can be adjusted according to your preference
Cut 3 or 4 matchstick pieces of the Turquoise with the black ink on top and add it to the mix.
Twist the matchsticks together as tight as you can by grasping each end and turning your hands in opposite directions. Yes, it looks like a mess!
Roll this into a ball and then into short snake of clay and twist again. This will tighten the swirls of color. Roll into a ball and see if you like the color swirls or if you need to repeat this step again. I’m staying with my ball on this step. As you can see the ball is about 1 inch in diameter.
Select your cabochon mold, lightly spray it with water and press your ball into the mold. There should be no excess clay on the outside of the mold (you can carefully slice away any excess).
Set the completed cabochon on a small remaining piece of Bronze clay, rolled through the Clay Conditioning Machine on #3 and trim around it leaving about 1/4 inch selvage. This can be a rough trim, it doesn’t need to be perfectly even.
Roll a small piece of the remaining Bronze clay through Clay Conditioning Machine on the #1 setting and place it in contact with the tile surface. Dip the largest Etch and Pearl (the pearl side not the pointed side) into a small dish of water and press firmly through the sheet of clay on the tile. Repeat this at least a dozen times.
Press the medium ball tool into the center of the pearls to create a round dip in the clay.
Roll out a small piece of Turquoise clay on the #1 setting and repeat step 15, using the small Etch and Pearl. Use the edge of your blade to pick each one up and center it in the cup created in the larger pearl.
Use the edge of your blade to pick up each completed pearl combination and position it around the edge of the cabochon. There should be none of the background Bronze clay showing on the outside edge of the pearls.
Add more of the pearl combinations along the seams at the edges of the bracelet.
Bake the completed bracelet as directed above. Position the bracelet with the top center down on a sheet of paper and the ends ups. Bake the completed cabochon as well. Once the bracelet is baked and cooled (or just warm), gently peel the clay away from the ends of the bracelet and remove the bracelet blanks. Glue the cabochon into place in the center of the bracelet and you are ready to wear it!