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 Multi-Strand Bracelet with Kato Polyclay™, Peridot Gemstone Beads and Cultured Freshwater Pearls 

Multi-Strand Bracelet with Kato Polyclay™, Peridot Gemstone Beads and Cultured Freshwater Pearls
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-- Designer --

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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  • Bead, sterling silver, 3mm seamless round (26 beads)
  • Bead, sterling silver, 4mm seamless-look round (17 beads)
  • Bead, sterling silver, 4x1mm beaded rondelle (23 beads)
  • Bead, peridot, 8x6mm faceted oval
  • Bead, peridot (natural), 4x3mm-8x5mm hand-cut faceted briolette teardrop
  • Pearl, cultured freshwater, green-gold, 10-12mm flat round (10 pearls)
  • Crimp, sterling silver, 2x1mm cut tube with heavy wall, inside diameter 1mm (6 crimps)
  • Ribbon crimp end, silver-plated brass, smooth finish, 10x5mm (2 crimps)
  • Jumpring, sterling silver, 5mm round, 20.5 gauge (4 jumprings)
  • Headpin, Hill Tribes fine silver, 1-inch with ball, 24 gauge (10 headpins)
  • Headpin, sterling silver, 2-inch with 2mm ball end, .027mm (7 headpins)
  • Clasp, tab, sterling silver, 28x17x6mm round, 3-strand (1 clasp)
  • Ribbon, olive organza, 1/4 nch, 6mm
  • Chain, sterling silver, 3mm oval link
  • Beading wire, Accu-Flex, clear, 49 strand
  • Kato Polyclay, translucent
  • Mica pigments, primary elements, summer
  • Sheets, silver leaf
  • Top coat, DesignaSeal, clear gloss
  • Polyclay Roller
  • Wire nipper, Acculon
  • Plier, OHM short round-nose ergonomic
  • Plier, OHM short chain-nose ergonomic
  • Rubber stamps
  • Black rubber stamp pad
  • White rubber stamp pad
  • Circle template with various size circles
  • Fine knitting needle or beading awl (sharp pointed tool to cut along the inside edge of the template)
  • Paintbrush
  • Assorted alcohol inks
  • Alcohol blending solution
  • Alcohol ink applicator
  • Alcohol ink felt pads
  • Hairdryer (optional
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Plain paper
  • Convection or toaster oven dedicated to craft use
  • Oven thermometer
  • Any tool, work surface, baking surface, or cutters, must remain polymer clay tools and should not be used in the kitchen
  • End of Materials List


    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!




    Clay Preparation:

    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.

    Step 1
    Roll the translucent clay through the Poly-Roller™, starting at the thickest setting and working down to the next-to-last thinnest setting. Lay the sheet onto your work surface.
    Step 2
    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.
    Step 3
    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.
    Step 4
    Add a few drops of alcohol blending solution to the areas on the clay you've applied inks; this creates a watercolor-like effect. Set the hairdryer on a low setting and point it toward the clay to help the ink dry.Please note: if you have the hairdryer set too high you will blow the blending solution into different patterns and could begin to cure the clay. You can allow the inks to dry on their own.
    Step 5
    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.
    Step 6
    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.
    Step 7
    Open the book of silver leaf. Carefully tear off small pieces of leaf and apply to the sheet of clay in a random pattern.
    Step 8
    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.
    Step 9
    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.
    Step 10
    Preheat your convection or toaster oven to 265 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a piece of parchment paper onto your baking sheet. Place the pendants onto the parchment paper. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Keep an eye on the temperature as you don't want it to fluctuate; too hot you'll burn the pendants; too cool the pendants won't cure properly.
    Step 11
    Once fully baked, remove the baking sheet from the oven; set it onto a heatproof surface. Place a sheet of plain paper on top of the pendants and place the heavy book on top of the paper; the book will help keep the pendants from warping as they cool.
    Step 12
    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.
    Step 13
    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.
    • Place the tip of the round-nose pliers behind the pendant and bend the headpin up to a 90 degree angle.
    • Place the round-nose pliers, with the wider part of the barrels, about a 1/2 inch above the bend.
    • Bend the wire around the barrel of the pliers to form a nice smooth loop or hook.
    • Tip the headpin so the spacer and the pendant fall toward the bend; hold the loop with the chain-nose pliers then wrap the longer part of the headpin around the tip of the headpin, in front of the sterling silver rondelle spacer.
    • Trim any excess wire. This will create a bail for the polymer pendants to hang from later.
    Repeat for all pendants.
    Step 14
    Separate the clasp halves.
    • Thread a 3mm sterling silver round bead, a crimp bead and one 3mm sterling silver round bead onto the Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire.
    • Thread on a group of three briolettes, one 3mm sterling silver round bead, then five briolettes.
    • Continue stringing a 3mm sterling silver round bead between alternating groups of three and five briolettes until you reach your desired bracelet length, keeping in mind the length the clasp will add to the finished size.
    • Finish the strand with a 3mm sterling silver round bead, a crimp bead and one 3mm sterling silver round bead.
    • Pass the Accu-Flex beading wire through the loop on one half of the clasp then back through the 3mm sterling silver round bead and the crimp bead.
    • Cinch up the beads and the beading wire so there is very little wire showing between the loop on the clasp and the 3mm sterling silver round bead.
    • Using chain-nose pliers, compress the crimp bead so the beading wire is secured to the clasp.
    • Trim any excess wire.
    Step 15
    Tighten up the beads on the strand and cut the Accu-Flex beading wire from the spool leaving a 2-inch tail. Pass the Accu-Flex beading wire through the loop on the other half of the clasp, back through the 3mm sterling silver round bead and the crimp bead. Tighten the beads so there's little wire showing between the loop on the clasp and the 3mm sterling silver round bead, and little wire showing between the beads in the strand, but not so tight the strand is taught; you should be able to flex the wire and see that it has a nice drape. Compress the crimp bead with the chain-nose pliers. Trim any excess wire.
    Step 16
    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.
    Step 17
    Tighten the beads on the strand and cut the Accu-Flex beading wire from the spool leaving a 2-inch tail. Pass the Accu-Flex beading wire through the center loop on the clasp, back through the 3mm sterling silver round bead and the crimp bead. Tighten the beads so there's little wire showing between the loop on the clasp and the 3mm sterling silver round bead, and little wire showing between the beads in the strand, but not so tight the strand is taught; you should be able to flex the wire and see that it has a nice drape. Compress the crimp bead with the chain-nose pliers. Trim any excess wire.
    Step 18
    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.
    Step 19
    Thread a flat round pearl onto a headpin with 1mm ball. Make a simple loop above the pearl.

    Repeat to make 10 pearl drops.
    Step 20
    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.
    Step 21
    Using two chain-nose pliers, open one jumpring. Slip on the first link of chain and the last loop on the clasp; close the jumpring. Repeat for the other end of the chain.
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