Bib-Style Necklace and Earring Set with Polymer Clay and Grey Feldspar Gemstone Beads

Polymer Clay Drops and Beads

STEP 1
Condition each color of clay well by hand kneading or running through a pasta machine until soft and pliable.
STEP 2
Blend clay colors in the following increments:
  • Teal: One 2-ounce package turquoise to 1/8 package black
  • Dark orange: One 2-ounce package orange to 1/4 package brown
STEP 3
Place a portion of the teal color polymer clay into an extruder. Using a small rectangle shaped extruder disk and a sharp blade or awl, extrude and trim thirty stick shapes measuring approximately 1-1/2 inches each.
STEP 4
Wrap approximately 1/4 inch of one end of one stick around one piercing pin from the baking rack creating a bail. Repeat to create bails on all thirty stick shapes.

Pass the piercing pin through the bail on all thirty stick shapes. Use more than one as needed. Place the filled piercing pins onto the flat surface of the Amaco® bead baking rack.
STEP 5
Separate the remaining teal clay into two sections. Add approximately 1/2 piece of black clay to one section of teal clay and blend thoroughly. If needed add a bit more black clay until the teal color is noticeably darker than the teal color of the sticks.
STEP 6
Roll the dark teal polymer clay on a flat surface, into a cylinder shape until it reaches approximately 10mm in diameter. Using a Super Slicer blade, slice twenty-four heishi shapes, making the shapes rough and uneven in thickness.

Repeat to create forty-six dark orange and forty-eight granite heishi shapes.
STEP 7
Slide a piercing pin through the center of all the heishi shapes creating heishi beads. Repeat to slide piercing pins through each color heishis creating beads.
STEP 8
Place the baking rack into the clay craft oven and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Focal

STEP 9
Flatten the remainder of each color then roll through the pasta machine seperately on the thickest setting to create sheets of clay. Cut each sheet of clay into a rectangle and stack the sheets on top of each other.
STEP 10
Roll the three-colored stack through the thickest setting of the pasta machine.

Cut the thinned stack in half, then place one stack on top of the other, making sure you alternate the colors, run this combined stack through the thickest setting on the pasta machine.
STEP 11
Using the Slicer, slice a thin layer, approximately 1/8 inch, from the top of your sheet and discard. Continue to slice six thick layers from the sheet.
STEP 12
Using a piece of scrap clay or dark clay form a large marquise focal shape, making it flat on the back and domed on the front, measuring approximately 3-3/4 x 3/4 inches. Continue to form four more marquise focal shapes graduating them in size in pairs from the previous largest marquise.
STEP 13
Place one sheet of multicolored clay over each marquise focal and cut into the same shape.
STEP 14
Using a 3/32 inch square punch tool, punch out several squares from each sheet then arrange them in random patterns on the other clay sheets. In some instances it’s not necessary to cut through the entire sheet to reveal other colors beneath. Using an awl or file tip, create holes for texture as desired.

Use piercing pin to make a side-to-side drill hole through the top of each marquise focal.
STEP 15
Place the five marquise focals onto the baking rack and into the clay craft oven. Bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.
STEP 16
Using an artist's brush, apply a thin coat of Mona Lisa™ Metal Leaf™ top coat sealant to all surfaces of the polymer clay pieces. Mona Lisa Metal Leaf is dry to the touch in approximately 15 - 30 minutes and if desired, a second coat can be added. A full drying time of 24 hours is recommended before wearing.

Necklace

STEP 17
Using flush-cutters cut the following:
  • One 26-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire
  • One 24-inch length of beading wire
  • Four 1/2 inch lengths of sterling silver French wire

First Strand

STEP 18
String onto the 24-inch length of beading wire one sterling silver 2x2mm crimp bead and one 1/2 inch length of French wire. Pass the beading wire back through the crimp bead creating an approximately 1/4 inch loop. Pull the beading wire so the crimp rests snug against the loop of the french wire leaving approximately 1/4 inch of beading wire on the end. Place a small amount of adhesive (Loctite®) inside the crimp (optional).

Using crimping pliers crimp the crimp bead. Using flush-cutters trim the excess from the short end of the beading wire.
STEP 19
String the following onto the beading wire:
  • Ten grey feldspar 4mm round
  • Repeat the following stringing sequence a total of two times:
    • One dark teal clay heishi
    • One granite polymer clay heishi
    • One dark teal clay heishi
    • Three grey feldspar 4mm round
STEP 20
Repeat the following stringing sequence a total of two times:
  • Two dark orange polymer clay heishis
  • One grey feldspar 4mm round
Continue to string the following:
  • One dark teal clay heishi
  • One granite polymer clay heishi
  • One dark teal clay heishi
  • One grey feldspar 4mm round
STEP 21
Repeat the stringing sequence in Step 20 two more times to create a total of three sets.
STEP 22
Continue to string the following:
  • Two dark orange polymer clay heishis
  • One grey feldspar 4mm round
  • Two dark orange polymer clay heishis
STEP 23
Repeat the stringing sequence in Steps 21, 20 and 19 in the opposite direction to string the second half of the strand.

Repeat Step 18 to secure the strand.

Second Strand

STEP 24
Repeat Steps 18 - 20 to begin the second strand.
STEP 25
Continue to string the following:
  • Two dark orange polymer clay heishis
  • One grey feldspar 4mm round
  • Two dark orange polymer clay heishis
STEP 26
Continue to string the following:
  • One matte transparent root beer #11 seed bead
  • One grey feldspar 4mm round
  • One matte transparent root beer #11 seed bead
  • Three turquoise stick components
Repeat this stringing sequence a total of three times.
STEP 27
Continue to string the following:
  • One matte transparent root beer #11 seed bead
  • Polymer clay marquise focal
  • One matte transparent root beer #11 seed bead
  • Three turquoise stick components
Repeat this stringing sequence a total of two times graduating the marquise focals in size.
STEP 28
Continue to string the following:
  • One matte transparent root beer #11 seed bead
  • Polymer clay marquise focal
  • One matte transparent root beer #11 seed bead
STEP 29
Repeat the stringing sequence in Steps 25 and 26 in the opposite direction then the stringing sequence in Steps 20 and 19 in the opposite direction to string the second half of the second strand.

Repeat Step 18 to secure the strand.
STEP 30
Use 6mm round sterling silver jumprings to attach the french wire loops of the beaded strands to the loops on the clasp.

Earrings

STEP 1
Using flush-cutters cut two 10-inch length of beading wire.
STEP 2
Place a Bead Stopper™ on one end of one length of beading wire
STEP 3
String the onto the beading wire two dark orange polymer clay heishis
STEP 4
Continue to string onto the beading wire:
  • One matte transparent root beer #11 seed bead
  • Seven grey feldspar 4mm round
  • Two dark orange polymer clay heishis
  • One grey feldspar 4mm round
  • One dark teal clay heishi
  • One granite polymer clay heishi
  • One dark teal clay heishi
  • One grey feldspar 4mm round
STEP 5
Continue to string one dark orange polymer clay heishi.
STEP 6
Repeat the stringing sequence in Step 4 in the opposite order.
STEP 7
Pass the end of the beading wire back through the first two dark orange polymer clay heishis strung.
STEP 8
String onto both ends of the beading wire one silver-plated bottom clamp on bead tip and one sterling silver 2x2mm crimp bead. Pull the crimp and bead tip snug against the dark orange polymer clay heishi. Place a small amount of adhesive (Loctite) inside the crimp (optional).

Using crimping pliers crimp the crimp bead. Using flush-cutters trim the excess from the short end of the beading wire. Place a small amount of adhesive (Loctite) inside the bead tip (optional). Using a pair of chain-nose pliers gently close the bead tip.
STEP 9
Using chain-nose pliers twist the loop of the bead tip open. Pass the loop through the loop on one sterling silver fishhook earwire. Close the loop.
STEP 10
Repeat Steps 2 - 9 to create a second earring.

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