The polymer clay components, for both the bracelet and the earrings, are created using a faux-ivory technique. Before you begin to create these components you need to condition your clay. Search for "polyclay" in the Tips and Techniques category for complete instructions.
Mix a 3/8 inch ball of yellow, 3/8 inch ball of brown, and 1/3 package of white clay together, creating an ecru color. Roll the ecru clay through the second largest setting of the pasta machine, creating a rectangular sheet.
Make a sheet of white and translucent clay the same size and thickness as the ecru sheet. Stack the three sheets of clay, and roll the acrylic rod over the stack to adhere them together.
Set the pasta machine on the thickest setting, place the layered rectangle onto the rollers, narrow-end first, and run through one time.
Cut the thinned stack in half, then stack one half on top of the other.
Roll the stack through the thickest setting of the pasta machine. Continue to cut, stack, and roll the stack two more times through the pasta machine; the cross-section of your layers should be thin and striated. Cut and stack into a thick block then trim neatly on all four sides.
Mix the pieces you trimmed off in Step 3 together. Roll them into a rectangular sheet at a medium setting on your pasta machine. Cut several 1/8 inch thick slices from one end of the stack made in Step 2 and lay them side by side on the rectangular sheet of clay.
Using an acrylic rod, gently roll across the surface to adhere the slices together. Keeping the striations running vertically, roll this sheet through the pasta machine at the second largest setting.
Using the clay blade, cut a 1-3/4 inch x 1-inch rectangle from the sheet of clay made in Step 4. Lightly texture the clay with a rock or sandpaper then make light marks across the surface with a needle tool. This will give a distressed appearance to the piece after it's been antiqued later.
Using a needle tool, mark about 1/4 inch from the edge of the rectangle so you have a guide for placing the grommets. At these marks, press grommets into the clay so they're flush with the surface. Place the clay shape over a cardboard tube and press gently to adhere it.
Polymer clay will stick to most molds so spray a little water into the mold before you add the clay, the water will act as a release. Cut a slice from the faux-ivory stack of clay and place it into a purchased face mold, or one you've made yourself; the face should be approximately 1-inch in diameter. Place the face in the center of the clay piece resting on the tube, then bake the clay, on the cardboard tube, at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. Allow the piece to cool on the tube so it retains the curved shape.
Remove the piece from the cardboard form and carefully remove the grommets. Using a needle tool, remove any excess clay from inside the grommets. Brush a little super glue around the hole in the clay and replace the grommets. Allow the glue to dry.
Brush dark-brown acrylic paint onto the piece, making sure you get paint into all the crevices. Use a paper towel to wipe the paint off the surface while allowing it to remain in the crevices.
Cut two, 10-12-inch pieces of black waxed cotton cord. Fold each piece in half and insert the folded loop through the back of each grommet. Bring the ends through the loop and pull them tightly, creating a lark's head knot, locking the cord in place.
String the beads as shown, but keep in mind, you may need to adjust the number of beads depending on the size of your wrist.
To secure the clasp, pass both ends of the waxed cord through the ring of the lobster-claw clasp and back through the last two beads of your bracelet. Tie the ends into a secure knot and trim away the excess cord. Repeat this step to secure the jumpring.
The earrings are made using a slightly smaller version of the face mold used in the bracelet project.
Cut two slices from the faux-ivory stack of clay. Make two faces, approximately 3/4 inch in diameter. Using a needle tool, pierce a hole from the top to the bottom of each face.
Bake these pieces at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes; let cool. Antique with the dark brown paint as you did in Step 9.
Add a small silver bead, one clay face, one silver bead, and other beads of your choice, onto a headpin. Make a simple loop above the last bead added.
Open the simple loop and add on the earring finding. Close the loop to secure.
Your bracelet and earrings are now complete--enjoy!
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