Single-Strand Necklace with Kato Polyclay™, Chatons and Swarovski Crystal Beads

STEP 1
Condition some leftover Kato Polyclay™ from a past project or condition some clay to be used as the base for the spool beads. After the clay is properly conditioned, roll it through the Poly-Roller™ machine on the #1 (or thickest) setting.

Use the thickest setting for the smaller, squatter spools and the next setting thinner for the other size spool beads.

Blend the clay until it is smooth and pliable. Using the super slicer, cut the clay so it covers the spool beads evenly.

Be sure to leave enough room so that your next layer will fit smoothly inside the edges of the spool.

Pink and Purple Blend

STEP 2
Using the super slicer, cut a 1/4 block of magenta and 1/4 block of white Kato Polyclay. Condition the blocks, then mix them together. Once combined, run the blended sheet through the Poly-Roller on the #1 setting. Mix until completely blended.
STEP 3
Cut a 1/4 inch thick slice of violet Kato Polyclay. Add the slice to the magenta/white blend and mix until the color is uniform throughout.
STEP 4
Slice off a 1/8 inch thick piece each of violet and magenta clay. Cut the slices into narrow, 1/4 inch strips.

Lay the strips across the blend as shown. These strips will create stripes that are brighter than the base blend.

Blend the sheet on the #2 setting, being sure not to mix the strips with each other. Fold the clay end-to-end so the violet is on top of the violet and the magenta is on top of the magenta, intensifying the colors rather than blending them together.
STEP 5
Cut a section of the blended clay the width of the spool. Roll the slice around the spool and then trim so the ends fit neatly together.

Blend the seam so there is no line showing.

Use a bead scoop to help blend the seams--I find this tool works perfectly for this task.

Repeat, filling the three longest spools with this blend.
STEP 6
Place a thin slice of magenta onto any of the blend you have left over.

I kept my slice more to one end of my leftover clay and left the first section of the blend untouched. This created more of a gradation of color from purple to pink.

Cut this new blend to fit into the two shortest length spools, working the clay the same as the first spool and blending the seam so no line shows.

Green and Blue Blend

STEP 7
Using the super slicer, cut off a 1/8 inch slice from the block of blue Kato Polyclay; set it aside.

Cut off a 1/4 block of green and a 1/8 block of white; condition and blend them together. Once combined, run the blended sheet through the Poly-Roller on the #1 setting. Mix until completely blended.

Add the thin slice of blue and blend with the green/white mixture.

Blend well. Run through the Poly-Roller on #2. Lay a 1/4 inch thin slice of violet over one end of the mixture and blend well. Run through on the #2 setting, making sure to keep the violet over the violet.

Lay your blend out, measure then cut to fit into the remaining four medium length spool beads. Follow the same procedure as you did with the first bead and blend the edges so there are no lines.
STEP 8
Use tweezers or the Tweezer-VacTM system to pick up chatons. Place each one into the Kato Polyclay on the spool, following the pattern in the finished design or one of your own.

Tips:
  • When pushing the chatons into the clay-covered spools, be sure not to cause dent marks in the clay from your tools. If you do, use something smooth to rub them out. If the dents are too large, you may have to remove the top layer of clay and re-apply.
  • To help with the chaton placement, I made a small dent in the clay with the point of a pair of tweezers then sat the chaton into the indentation. I then used the tip of the tweezers to push on the surface of the chaton.

Push the chaton in far enough so the foil backing is not showing but do not bury it.

Once complete, place the beads onto an oven-safe tray, such as a ceramic tile, and place into a preheated clay craft oven, set at 250 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 30 minutes.

After baking and the beads have cooled, use your fingernail or the point of your tweezers to test that the chatons are set securely. If any of the chatons come loose, remove them completely, place a drop of G-S Hypo cement into the indentation then place the chaton back into its home. Set the bead aside until the glue has cured.

Stringing the Necklace

STEP 1
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a jumpring. Pass the open ring through the loop on one half of the clasp. Close the jumpring. Repeat to connect a jumpring to the other half of the clasp.
STEP 2
Using the flush-cutters, cut a 24-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire.
STEP 3
String onto the wire: one crimp bead, a 1/2 inch piece of French wire and the jumpring attached to the clasp. Loop the beading wire back through the crimp bead. The French wire should be passing over the jumpring in a nicely curved tube. Pull the crimp tight against the French wire and the jumpring--leaving one end of the wire approximately 1-inch long. Place a small amount of gel adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutting pliers, trim the excess wire from the short end of Accu-Flex®.
STEP 4
String onto the beading wire one of each of the following:
  • 6 mm rose crystal
  • 6 mm sterling silver bead
Repeat six times for a total of seven sets.

Continue stringing:
  • 6mm rose crystal
  • Green small Kato Polyclay sterling silver spool bead
  • 6mm rose crystal
  • 8mm sterling silver bead
  • 6mm rose crystal
  • Pink/violet large sterling silver spool bead
  • 6mm rose crystal
  • 8mm sterling silver bead
  • 6mm rose crystal
  • Green medium Kato Polyclay sterling silver spool bead
  • 6mm rose crystal
  • 8mm sterling silver bead
  • 6mm rose crystal
  • Pink/violet small sterling silver bead
  • 6mm rose crystal
  • 8mm sterling silver bead
  • 6mm rose crystal
STEP 5
String on one pink/violet large Kato Polyclay sterling silver spool bead.

You have now reached the center of the necklace. Repeat the bead stringing from Step 4 in reverse to create a mirror image of the first half.
STEP 6
Repeat Step 3 to connect the second-half of the strand to the second-half of the clasp.

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