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Sculpey Premo™ Simple Chain Link Earrings

Sculpey Premo™ Simple Chain Link Earrings

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This earring project was inspired by Ann and Karen Mitchel of AnKara Designs. Their simple method for embedding metal components into the clay makes jewelry construction quick and easy.

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  • Gold chain
  • Gold Mica powder
  • 2 gold ear wires
  • Jewelry pliers
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Project Instructions
    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® 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.
Sheet Peacock Pearl through the pasta machine to the second thickest setting. Divide the sheet in half. Texture one side of the sheet with the Chain texture pattern and leave the other side untextured. Press the Chain texture into the clay as deeply as you can with fingertip pressure. Once the texture has bitten into the clay, you can make it deep and even by rolling over it with the Acrylic Clay Roller. Remove the texture sheet carefully
Cut out two 1.5” teardrops from the textured sheet and two 1.5” teardrops from the plain sheet. Make sure the teardrop lines up nicely with the textured pattern 
Use the 2” teardrop cutter to remove the tip from each of the teardrops as shown.
Cut the chain into pieces using the wire cutters. I cut right through the links with the cutters and discard the cut links. You will need two .5” pieces, eight 1” pieces, and two 1.5” pieces. Embed these pieces of chain in the backing clay as shown.
Sandwich the chains into place with the textured pieces. Make sure the front and the back are stuck together well but don’t smash the textured design.
Use the knife blade in the 5-in-1 Clay Tool to remove the center part of the design. Smooth the cut edges carefully with your fingertip.
Dab your fingertip into the gold mica powder and carefully apply it to just the raised surfaces. Bake the pieces following the baking instructions from step 1. After removing them from the oven, carefully slide them onto a flat surface to cool so that they will remain flat.
When the pieces are completely cool, apply a thin layer of Sculpey Glossy Glaze to set the mica powder in place. Add ear wires to the top chain pieces with jewelry pliers.