Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Premo Sculpey™ Polymer Clay, Swarovski Crystal and Mica Powder
-- Designer --
Jude, Jewelry Production Specialist, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, Swarovski crystal, light turquoise, 6mm round (6 beads)
- Flat back, Swarovski hotfix crystal rhinestone, light turquoise, foil back, 3-3.2mm Xilion rose, SS12 (27 flat backs)
- Bead cap, gunmetal-plated brass, 4x1mm fancy round with cutout pattern, fits 4-6mm bead (12 bead caps)
- Bail, JBB Findings, glue-on, gunmetal-finished brass, 17x6mm with 11x6mm leaf flat base (3 bails)
- Jumpring, gunmetal-plated brass, 4.5mm round, 22 gauge (10 jumprings)
- Headpin, gunmetal-plated brass, 1-1/2 inches with 1.5mm ball, 24 gauge (6 headpins)
- Earwire, gunmetal-plated brass, 16mm leverback with 7x2mm shield and open loop (2 earwires)
- Clasp, toggle, gunmetal-finished ''pewter'' (zinc-based alloy), 18mm double-sided beaded round (1 clasp)
- Polymer clay, Premo! Sculpey, black
- Mica powder, Gold Leaf and Metallic Powders, sparkle copper
- Chain, gunmetal-plated brass, 3mm flat figure 8
- Adhesive, Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy, 2-part
- Mold, silicone, fuchsia, 38x33mm-44x40mm multi-shape, 6-1/8 x 4-5/16 x 1/4 inches overall
- Super Slicer, stainless steel and plastic, black and green, (4) blades with (1) pair of handles
- Polyclay roller, Marcato
- Toaster oven, Hamilton Beach Easy Reach
- Artist brushes
- Pliers, round-nose
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, bent-nose
- Pliers, flush-cutter
Condition three sections of black Kato Polyclay well by running it through a polymer clay roller until soft and pliable. Continue to run each color sheet through the roller gradually reducing the thickness to 3-4mm.
Place one Swarovski hotfix light turquoise flat back into each indentation in the diamond shape silicone mold then firmly press one section of clay into the diamond mold. Trim the clay at the edge of mold (to help keep the shape when removing). Flip the mold over and gently press to remove the clay.
Use the Super Slicer to remove excess clay from around the edge of the diamond. Tear up tissue into smaller pieces then roll it into a ball and place centered under the tissue to keep the curved shape of the mold while baking.
Use a small craft brush to apply copper mica powder to the recessed areas, around the flat back crystals and along the edge.
Tip: Use a piece of tape to gently remove stray mica powder from the raised areas and flat backs.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to create a total of three diamond components.
Place the diamond components, with rolled up tissue underneath, on the baking rack and into the pre-heated clay craft oven; bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Note: Two of the clay components created will be used for the earrings.
Once the components are cooled mix a small amount of Devcon® 5-Minute® Epoxy according to manufacturer's instructions.
Apply a thin layer to one corner on the back of one diamond component and to the flat pad on one leaf blue-on bail. Press the corner of the component onto the bail creating a diamond drop.
Repeat to attach a bail to the other two diamond components. Allow to dry for approximately 5 minutes.
Cut one 17-inch length of 3mm flat figure 8 chain.
String onto one 1-1/2 inch headpin one 4x1mm fancy bead cap, one Swarovski light turquoise 6mm round and 4x1mm fancy bead cap then form a simple loop.
Repeat to create a total of six Swarovski drops.
Using one 4.5mm jumpring attach one portion of the clasp to the first link on the length of chain.
Using one 4.5mm jumpring attach one Swarovski drop one link approximately 7 inches from one end of the chain. Repeat to attach two more Swarovski drops each approximately 1/2 inch from the previous drop.
String one diamond drop onto the opposite end of the chain. Repeat Step 9 then repeat Step 8 to finish the opposite side of the necklace.
Pass one 4.5mm jumpring through the loop on one diamond drop and the loop on one leverback earwire then close. Repeat to create a second earring.
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