Multi-Strand Bracelet with Kato Polyclay™, Peridot Gemstone Beads and Cultured Freshwater Pearls
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Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®To learn more about Tammy Honaman, read her jewelry artist success story here
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Polymer pendants are made by applying inked rubber stamps, alcohol inks and silver leaf to Kato Polyclay. Combine pendants with beautiful peridot briolettes, sterling silver accent beads and chain to create a multi-strand, multi-media delight!
Kato Polyclay needs to be conditioned before using it in your designs. Click here for more additional tips and tricks for working with Kato Polyclay.
Open one bottle of alcohol ink and place a few drops onto the felt pad on the applicator. Repeat, adding many colors, in any design.
Dab the inked felt onto the sheet of clay in a random fashion; repeating until you've covered the sheet of clay to your liking.
Ink a rubber stamp with black ink. Press the image onto the surface of the clay sheet. Use a hairdryer on a low setting to dry ink or allow to air dry.
Ink a different rubber stamp with white ink. Press the image onto the surface of the clay sheet.
Use a hairdryer on a low setting to dry ink or allow to air dry.
Open the book of silver leaf. Carefully tear off small pieces of leaf and apply to the sheet of clay in a random pattern.
Choose a circle on the circle template that you'd like to be the size of the pendant for your bracelet. Lay the template over the area of the clay you'd like to cut out. Using a fine knitting needle or craft knife, cut around the inside of the circle. Place a hole at the top of the circle, about 2 - 3mm from the edge. Repeat to cut out multiple circles, varying the size if you'd like.
Place a small circle from the circle template over a larger circle cut out in Step 8. Use the fine knitting needle to cut out the small circle, creating a donut-like pendant and a smaller circle pendant. Place a hole in the smaller circle. Repeat to create as many donut-like pendants as you'd like.
Once cool, use the paintbrush to apply a thin coat of DesignaSeal to the surface of the pendants. DesignaSeal will not only enhance the colors from the inks and stamp pads, it will also leave a shiny surface and protect the silver leaf from tarnishing. Allow to dry thoroughly.
If you like the look of the finish, skip to the next step. If you'd like a little more shine, or the first layer didn't cover properly, paint on another thin layer of DesignaSeal.
Once the DesignaSeal has dried completely, thread a sterling silver rondelle spacer onto a headpin with 2mm ball, and then thread a pendant onto the headpin, face down.
Separate the clasp halves.
Thread one 3mm sterling silver round bead, one crimp bead and one 3mm sterling silver round bead onto the Accu-Flex beading wire. ** Continue stringing one sterling silver rondelle, one faceted peridot oval, one sterling silver rondelle, one 4mm sterling silver round, one 3mm sterling silver round, one polymer pendant, one 3mm sterling silver round, one 4mm sterling silver round, one sterling silver rondelle, one faceted peridot oval, one sterling silver rondelle, one 4mm sterling silver round, one polymer pendant, one 4mm sterling silver round.***
Repeat from ** to *** two more times.
Continue stringing one sterling silver rondelle, one faceted peridot oval, one sterling silver rondelle, one 4mm sterling silver round, one 3mm sterling silver round, one polymer pendant, one 3mm sterling silver round, one 4mm sterling silver round, one sterling silver rondelle, one faceted peridot oval, one sterling silver rondelle, one crimp bead, one 3mm sterling silver round bead.
Please note--you may need to adjust your pattern to match the length of your first strand--you want your strands to work well together, not have one hanging much lower than the other--adjust where you'd like to add or subtract beads.
Pass the Accu-Flex beading wire through the center loop of the clasp then back through the 3mm sterling silver bead and the crimp bead. Compress the crimp bead with chain-nose pliers to secure the Accu-Flex beading wire to the clasp.
Insert the end of the organza ribbon into one ribbon crimp-end. Compress the end, capturing the ribbon. Measure the ribbon so it's an appropriate length for the existing strands and trim. Add the second ribbon crimp-end.
Using two chain-nose pliers, open one jumpring. Slip on the loop of one ribbon crimp-end and the center loop of the clasp; close the jumpring. Repeat on the other ribbon crimp-end.
Thread a flat round pearl onto a headpin with 1mm ball. Make a simple loop above the pearl.
Repeat to make 10 pearl drops.
Cut the oval link chain to an appropriate length, so it drapes well with the other strands. Open the loop on one pearl drop and slip it onto the second link on the chain. Place the other nine drops onto the chain, leaving four links of chain between each drop. You can make more or less pearl drops for the length of chain.
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