Bracelet with Art Clay® Silver and Sterling Silver Jumprings
-- 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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Complete step-by-step instructions for this Art Clay design idea and more are included in the Secrets to Art Clay Success DVD available here:
- DVD, Art Clay Success, instructional video hosted by Tamara Honaman
- Art Clay Silver 650, low fire
- Clasp, lobster claw, sterling silver, 15x8mm with loop (1 clasp)
- Jumpring, sterling silver, 6.8mm round, 19 gauge (24 jumprings)
- Jumpring, sterling silver, 10mm round, 16 gauge
- Loop, closed, sterling silver, 8x1.5mm round with textured round wire
- Liver of Sulfur™ antiquing solution
- Roller, clear acrylic with metal handle, 5-1/2x4x3/4-inch
- Texture plates, plastic, clear, 5x4-inch
- Super slicer, stainless steel blades with plastic handles
- Tool set, Klay Kutter™, tin, 20, 30 and 40mm squares
- Non-stick art sheet, Teflon®, white, 6x6 inch
- Needle files, 5-3/4 inch
- Polishing paper, green, 400 grit, 5x5-inch square
- Polishing paper, grey, 600 grit, 5x5-inch square
- Polishing paper, blue, 1,200 grit, 5x5-inch square
- Polishing paper, pink, 4,000 grit, 5x5-inch square
- Polishing paper, mint, 6,000 grit, 5x5-inch square
- Polishing paper, light green, 8,000 grit, 5x5-inch square
- Fire block, 6x4x1-inch
- Fine steel wire brush, 8-1/4x5/8-inch
- Rubber block, black, 4x4x1-inch
- Burnisher, curved with wood handle, 6-inch
- Pikal Care metal polish
- Polishing cloth, Moonshine, 7-1/4 x 5-3/8 inch
- Microtorch, butane, black, empty, 6x4-inch
- Safety glasses, plastic, for use while firing with kiln and torches
- Fiber blanket, 5x6x1-inch
- Paragon kiln, model SC-2, 1400W-120V
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, flat-nose
Sandpapers ranging from 600-grit to 2000-grit
Rubber stamps or textures of your choice
Bottle of olive oil
Deck of playing cards
Single-sided invisible tape
Artists paintbrush, fine tip
Fine mist spray bottle with distilled water
Salon nail boards, medium and fine grit
Bowl filled with cold water
Digital kitchen timer
Soft lint-free cloth
Square cookie cutter
- Metal clay
- Complete step-by-step instructions for this Art Clay design idea and more are included in the Secrets to Art Clay Success DVD available here:
- DVD, Secrets to Art Clay Success, instructional video hosted by Tammy Honaman
If so, remove the clay and position on the non-stick sheet (textured side down). If not, lay the clay back down and roll across the surface again, then move the textured clay to the non-stick sheet (textured side down).
Tip: If the clay is starting to dry out and it isn't taking a good impression, spritz the surface of the clay using the spray bottle. Let the clay absorb the water and re-impress the clay with the stamp.
Tip: Make sure you don't make the holes too close to the edges. As the clay shrinks in the firing process, the distance between the hole and the edge will get smaller, and you want this area to be strong.
Repeat in each corner of the square. Repeat this again until all five squares have four holes.
Leave the squares on the non-stick sheet and let them dry thoroughly. Drying time will vary based on conditions in the room and your environment.
Tip: This is a good time to move the sheet safely to the side and clean up your work area. To speed up the drying process, you can place the squares, still on the non-stick sheet, inside a dehydrator.
Tip: The clay is most fragile at the dry stage so be very careful when handling and refining the tiles.
Using the salon nail boards, go around the edges of the square, removing as little material as possible. You don't want to remove so much that the holes you made become too close to the edge, yet you need to take off any rough edges, as well as smooth the sharp corners.
Tip: Refine your squares over a clean work surface. This will help ensure that your ''dust'' is Art Clay only and can then be collected and added to a container for later use.
Firing the Squares with a Butane Torch
While working in a well ventilated area and on a heat-proof surface; place the fire block onto the heat-proof surface. Fill the chamber of the butane torch with butane fuel. Set your timer for 2-1/2 minutes. For safety purposes, have a pair of long handled tweezers and a bowl of cold water near where you are working; put on your safety glasses.
Tip: Dim the lights in the work area, if possible, so you can see the color of the squares while firing.
Tip:If the square begins to appear shiny (it is getting too hot), pull the torch away slightly, so the flame isn't so close to the square. Continue to heat the square and maintain the peachy-salmon color.
Firing the Squares in a Kiln
While working in a well ventilated area, place the fiber blanket onto the kiln shelf. Place the squares on top of the fiber blanket. Once all the squares are in position, fire the kiln to the manufacturer's recommended temperature and time.
Tip: The fiber blanket will lift the tiles off the kiln shelf, helping maintain the texture you created.
Once the kiln cycle has ended, let the kiln cool to room temperature.
Assembling the Bracelet
If you'd like to add an antique effect to your bracelet, follow manufacturer's recommendations for using the liver of sulfur. After patinating, use the Moonshine polishing cloth to burnish the surface and return it to bright silver, leaving the patina in all the recesses you created with the textures.
: : : Additional Resources : : :
- ''Opening a Jumpring'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
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