Many newer scarf styles are made of lighter weight crinkled fabric instead of yarn, as they are more of a fashion accent. I like the look of “crinkle scarves”, but you cannot use standard scarf pins with them, as the stick is too thick and would leave a noticeable hole in your fabric. By using long bar pin backs, you can easily gather areas of your scarf, style it and not worry about any unsightly holes later on. Using simple tools such as Sculpey’s new Graduated Cutters, you can create your gifts so much faster! I like to design in Photoshop, but you can do this just as easy with a piece of paper and a pencil. These designs are to get your creativity started and you can easily expand your design ideas from here using various shapes and sizes of cutters.
1 ½” long bar pin backs 10mm flat pad earring posts and large backs ¼” jump rings 1”-2” long headpins Needle nose pliers with a wire cutter area Round nose pliers E6000 All Purpose Adhesive|1 ½” long bar pin backs 10mm flat pad earring posts and large backs ¼” jump rings 1”-2” long headpins Needle nose pliers with a wire cutter area Round nose pliers E6000 All Purpose Adhesive
Getting Started Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by working small amounts in your hand until smooth and soft.
Gather all supplies shown. Condition ¼ bar of White, and then also ¼ bar of Black clay using your clay conditioning machine, until they are both smooth and pliable.
Pinch off a small piece of White clay and roll it into a ball. Repeat for Black clay and then mix the two equal sized balls of clay together thoroughly to create Deep Gray.
Mix a Light Gray using 3 balls of White to 1 same size ball of Black clay. Roll each Gray shade in a smooth ball, and then into a 6” long rope. Secure them side by side. Flatten the clay to about 1/16” thick (#3 on the clay conditioner), then cut out 8 of the smallest diamond shapes with the seam of the two Gray shades off center, as shown.
Flatten a sheet of Black clay to #3 on the clay conditioner machine (about 1/16” thick) and cut out a _” circle for the pin base. Flatten a second sheet of Black clay to #4 (less than 1.16” thick) and cut out 12 of the smallest diamond shapes. Remove excess clay from around the diamonds.
Flatten a sheet of White clay to #4 and cut out six of the smallest circles. Center and secure a two-toned Gray diamond shape on each circle (bottom left of photo). Now secure four White circles evenly spaced on the Black clay base. Make sure to place them so the light Gray strip is facing the same direction on all diamonds and the circle edge is right up to the large black base edge. For the earrings, add Gray diamonds to the remaining White circles and set aside for now. Secure a Black diamond up against a two tones Gray diamond as shown, all the way around the pendant (angle is sown in the top right corner of the photo). Now use the same largest circle cutter to cut out the same size circle once again to trim off the excess lack diamond shapes (shown with a dotted white line).
For earrings, flatten Black clay into a #4 thick sheet and cut out two second to the smallest circle. Using a little Bake n Bond between all layers, including the jump ring area, secure the White circle to the Black, centered. Now sandwich the cut area of a jump ring under the diamond’s bottom tip as shown and press back in place. Sandwich the remaining black diamonds to the remaining two-tone Gray diamonds over a Baking Rack Pin as shown. This creates a bead hole. Bake all pieces as directed for the clay brand you are using and allow all to cool.
Twist the diamond beads off of the pins slowly to remove them. Thread a headpin up from the bottom of the diamonds so the Gray shades are mirror image. Clip the pin ends leaving 3/8” tail with wire cutters. Form hooks in the wire, secure into jump rings and close the loop with pliers. Use E6000 to glue the post and pin backs to your jewelry. Dry for a few hours although let the adhesive cure overnight before wearing.
For this pin I used the two smallest oval and tear drop cutters and the two largest ovals. The only difference is I decided to add a second Turquoise base under the pin to frame it and give it contrast. Try out your own shapes and colors to match your style and enjoy! www.ShirleyRufener.com www.Spumoni.Etsy.com www.ThePalaceGates.Etsy.com
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