Triple-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Kato Polyclay™, Antiqued Copper-Plated Copper Beads and Antiqued Copper-Plated Steel Chain

Necklace

Clay Flowers and Leaves

STEP 1
Condition each color of Kato Polyclay well by hand kneading or running through a polymer clay roller until soft and pliable.
STEP 2
Separate pieces of magenta, violet and yellow clay, and arrange them sandwiched on top of each other. Flatten the stack of clay and roll it through a polymer clay roller one time.

Note: Each piece of clay should be approximately the size equivalent of a large marble.
STEP 3
Rip the clay sheet stacking the sections and flatten to create new layers. Once layers have been created, place the stack of clay onto a flat surface.

Flatten the entire piece of clay into a rough rectangle shape. Beginning at one end of the rectangle, roll the clay tightly into a scroll.

Pick up the scroll and twist as if ringing out a cloth.
STEP 4
Use a Super Slicer to slice the twisted scroll in half, lengthwise.

Place the sliced halves on top of each other and press together. Set the polymer clay roller at the third or fourth notch and roll the clay through. Fold the clay in half and run through once more.

Note: Make sure that the colors do not completely blend. There should still be visible color differences throughout the clay.
STEP 5
Separate four pieces of clay, each approximately the size a large marble.
STEP 6
Using the Tri-Bead Roller™, shape each piece of clay into an oval approximately 30mm long.
STEP 7
Using a craft knife add lines to one end of each clay oval simulating the end of a flower bud.
STEP 8
Roll the remainder of the clay onto the flat surface to a thickness of approximately 2mm.
STEP 9
Using Klay Kutter™ tools cut the following:
  • Eight 20.5x16.5mm heart shapes
  • Twelve 13x11mm heart shapes
  • Twelve 11mm circle shapes
STEP 10
Remove excess clay from around the shapes and pinch off forty-four small pieces from the remaining clay. Roll each small piece into a ball approximately 2-3mm.
STEP 11
Using the remaining clay, and additional clay if necessary, create two balls measuring approximately 12mm and one ball approximately 20mm. Gently press each ball onto the flat surface.
STEP 12
Pick up one 11mm circle shape and gently fold the edge of one side and pinch it together creating a petal shape. Press the petal onto one 12mm ball with the folded end facing the center of the ball so approximately 1/4 inch hangs off the edge of the ball.

Repeat to place a total of six petals around the edge of the 12mm ball creating a 25mm open flower.
STEP 13
Place seven small balls from Step 7 in the center of the petals, beginning in the center and working out. Place seven additional small balls in a second layer around the inner edge of the petals where they meet the small balls in the center.
STEP 14
Pick up one 13x11mm heart and gently fold the two curves on the large side together creating a petal shape. Press the large end of the petal shape onto the second 12mm ball toward the edge. Gently curve the sides of the pointed end in slightly.

Repeat to place a total of six petals around the edge of the 12mm ball.

Repeat to place six heart petals in a second layer slightly further in and offset so the previous petals are visible creating a 30mm flower.
STEP 15
Repeat Step 10 to place fifteen small balls in the center of the flower.
STEP 16
Pick up one 20.5x16.5mm heart and gently fold the curve the sides of the pointed ends together creating a petal shape. Press the petal onto the 20mm ball with the folded end facing the center of the ball and most of the petal hanging over the edge.

Repeat to place a total of four petals loosely around the edge of the 20mm ball.

Repeat to place four petals around the edge of the 20mm ball slightly further in and off set so the previous petals are visible.

Repeat to place six circle petals in a third layer slightly further in from the previous petals creating a 40mm flower.
STEP 17
Repeat Step 10 to place 15 small balls in the center of the flower.
STEP 18
Condition and roll out half a package of green clay on the #6 setting of the polymer clay roller. Repeat to roll out 1/8 package of yellow clay. Place the pieces on top of each other and roll them through the polymer clay roller together. Fold the piece in half and roll through the polymer clay roller once more. Continue to fold and roll the clay until fully blended.
STEP 19
Using the Lisa Pavelka Signature Series embosser cut twenty-five rose leaf shapes from the green clay.

Remove excess clay from around the leaves.
STEP 20
Pick up one leaf and place it onto one the opposite end from the bud, textured side out, of one clay oval flower bud from Step 7. Repeat to add a total of four leaves to each clay oval flower bud.

Using a finger slightly curl and curve the ends of the leaves away from the bud end of the flower.
STEP 21
Holding the largest open flower facing up, place four leaves on the back of the round ball arranged so the leaves are visible from the front of the flower. Add three leaves to the middle sized flower, and two leaves to the smallest flower.
STEP 22
Using a small paintbrush, brush a small amount of loose red russet mica powder onto the small balls in the center of each flower.

Repeat to apply sparkle copper mica powder to each petal of the flowers and sparkle gold to the front of each leaf.
STEP 23
Slide a piercing pin through the center, from one end to the other, of each flower bud creating beads. Repeat to slide piercing pins through the ball on the back of each open flower creating beads.
STEP 24
Place the clay flowers and buds on the baking rack into the pre-heated clay craft oven and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Necklace Assembly

STEP 25
Using flush-cutters cut one 10-inch length, one 10-1/4 inch length and one 12-1/4 inch length of antiqued copper-plated 3.3mm cable chain.
STEP 26
String one clay flower bud bead onto a 2-inch headpin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters, form a simple loop on the end of the wire. Repeat to create a total of four clay flower bud bead drops.
STEP 27
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the last link on one end of one 10-inch, one 10-1/4 inch and one 12-1/4 inch length of antiqued copper-plated 3.3mm cable chain and the loop on the ring portion of one antiqued copper-finished 16mm toggle clasp. Close the jumpring.
STEP 28
Attach one 4mm jumpring to the loop on the bar portion of the toggle clasp.

Attach one 4mm jumpring to the opposite end of the 10-1/4 inch length of chain.
STEP 29
Attach one 4mm jumpring to the last link on the opposite end of the 10-inch length of chain and one link on the 12-1/4 inch length of chain of equal distance with that link.

Pass one 4mm jumpring through the 12-1/4 inch length of chain two links down from the previous jumpring and the 4mm jumpring attached to the last link on the 10-1/4 inch length of chain. Close the jumpring.
STEP 30
Using flush-cutters cut a 14-inch length of Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire. String onto the wire one crimp tube, a copper Accu-Guard™ and the jumpring attached to the bar portion of the toggle clasp. Pass the wire back through the crimp tube then pull the wire so the crimp snug against the Accu-Guard 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 31
String onto the beading wire the following:
  • Ten sets of one antiqued copper-plated 9x7mm beaded oval bead and one antiqued copper-finished 6x3mm saucer bead
  • One antiqued copper-plated 9x7mm beaded oval bead
  • The large focal flower
  • One antiqued copper-plated 9x7mm beaded oval bead, one antiqued copper-finished 6x3mm saucer bead and one antiqued copper-plated 9x7mm beaded oval bead
  • The medium focal flower
  • One antiqued copper-plated 9x7mm beaded oval bead, one antiqued copper-finished 6x3mm saucer bead and one antiqued copper-plated 9x7mm beaded oval bead
  • The small focal flower
  • One antiqued copper-plated 9x7mm beaded oval bead
STEP 32
String one crimp tube and one copper-plated Accu-Guard onto the beading wire after bead. Pass the Accu-Guard over the jumpring attached to the last link of the 10-inch length of chain and back through crimp, then pull the wire snugly so the crimp is closer to the Accu-Guard. Make sure there is no slack along the length of the first part of the necklace. Place a small amount of gel adhesive inside the crimp (optional).

Using the crimping pliers, crimp the crimp tube. Using flush-cutters, trim excess wire from the end.
STEP 33
Open a 4mm jumpring. Pass it through the loop on a flower bud bead drop and the 12-1/4 inch chain on the link 10 inches from the first link. Close the jumpring. Repeat to attach a flower bud bead drop to the 12-1/4 inch chain on the 10-3/4 inch link, the 11-1/2 inch link and the last link.

Earrings

Clay Flowers and Leaves

STEP 1
Condition each color of Kato Polyclay well by hand kneading or running through the polymer clay roller until soft and pliable.
STEP 2
Separate pieces of magenta, violet and yellow clay and arrange them sandwiched on top of each other. Flatten the stack of clay and roll it through a the Polyroller machine one time.

Note: Each piece of clay should be approximately the size equivalent of a small marble.
STEP 3
Rip the clay, stacking the sections and flattening to create new layers. Once layers have been created, place the stack of clay onto a flat surface.

Flatten the entire piece of clay into a rough rectangle shape. Beginning at one end of the rectangle, roll the clay tightly into a scroll.

Pick up the scroll and twist as if ringing out a cloth.
STEP 4
Use a Super Slicer to slice the twisted scroll in half, lengthwise.

Place the sliced halves on top of each other and press together. Set the polymer clay roller machine at the third or fourth notch and roll the clay through. Fold the clay in half and run through once more.

Note: Make sure that the colors do not completely blend. There should still be visible color differences throughout the clay.
STEP 5
Using Klay Kutter tools cut twelve 13x11mm heart shapes.
STEP 6
Remove excess clay from around the hearts and pinch off thirty-two small pieces from the remaining clay. Roll each small piece into a ball approximately 2-3mm.
STEP 7
Using the remaining clay, and additional clay if necessary, create two balls measuring approximately 12mm. Gently press each ball onto the flat surface.
STEP 8
Pick up one 13x11mm heart and gently fold the two curves on the large side together creating a petal shape. Press the large end of the petal onto one 12mm ball toward the edge. Gently curve the sides of the pointed end in slightly.

Repeat to place a total of six petals around the edge of the 12mm ball.
STEP 9
Place seven small balls from Step 6 in the center of the petals, beginning in the center and working out. Place seven additional small balls in a second layer around the inner edge of the petals where they meet the small balls in the center.
STEP 10
Repeat Steps 8 and 9 to create a second clay flower.
STEP 11
Roll out excess green clay from the leaves created in the necklace.
STEP 12
Using the Lisa Pavelka Signature Series embosser cut two rose leaf shapes from the green clay.

Remove excess clay from around the leaves.
STEP 13
Place one leaf on the back of each round ball so it is visible from the front of the flower. Using a finger, slightly curl and curve the ends of the leaves away from the flower.
STEP 14
Using a small paintbrush, brush a small amount of loose red russet mica powder to the small balls in the center of each flower.

Repeat to apply sparkle copper mica powder to each petal of each flower and sparkle gold to the front of each leaf.
STEP 15
Place the flowers onto the baking rack and place the rack into the pre-heated clay craft oven. Bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.
STEP 16
Pinch off equal amounts of Apoxie® Sculpt, equivalent to the size of a pea. Mix the two parts together until completely blended. The entire size of Apoxie should be approximately the size of a large marble.
STEP 17
Fill one antiqued copper-plated 14x14mm rounded square drop with Apoxie then place one open flower onto the Apoxie. Repeat to attach the second flower to a second 14x14mm rounded square drop.
STEP 18
Let dry completely. Apoxie cures in about 24-hours.
STEP 19
Once components are dry, open the loop on one antiqued copper fishhook earwire. Pass the loop through the loop on one copper-plated 14x14mm rounded square drop. Close the loop.

Repeat to attach an earwire to the second 14x14mm rounded square drop.

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