Single-Strand Necklace with Lazer Lace™ and Kato Polyclay™

Lazer Lace findings are big news. Here's a necklace project that matches Lazer Lace with another hot item, Kato Polyclay. Let Arbel Shemesh show you how to combine these and other elements for magical results.

There are two types of disks that are used as the links in this project, one is a spiral and the other has one large offset hole and many small holes; I will refer to them as "spiral" and "disk". Each link will consist of a Lazer Lace on each side of a sandwiched layer of polymer. A finished link is 1-1/4 inch wide; the clasp adds 1-1/2 inches, so for a 19-inch necklace make 15 links. Prepare 7 links with spiral Lazer Lace on one side and disk Lazer Lace on the other side; prepare 8 links with spiral Lazer Lace on both sides.

Conditioning the clay

Cut the block of clay in half with a clay blade. Roll the clay with a roller, and then roll it through the thickest setting of the pasta machine. Fold the clay sheet in half and feed through the pasta machine, folded end first, 20 times.

If the clay breaks apart going through the pasta machine, add liquid polymer until the clay is smooth, however, the clay needs to be stiff for the Lazer Lace to embed well, so do not add much. If the clay is mushy you can put it in the refrigerator to stiffen it.

Roll the clay out to the thickest setting once conditioned--preparing the clay for adding the Lazer Lace pieces.
Preparing the Lazer Lace for the links

The Lazer Lace pieces have a top loop that needs to be removed for this project. Snip the loop off with wire cutters and file the sharp ends with a file. Prepare 7 Lazer Lace disk pieces and 23 Lazer Lace spiral pieces.

Cutting the links

Place all the Lazer Lace spirals and disks on the clay sheet and cut around with a craft blade; don't cut flush, leave a bit of clay around the Lazer Lace. Use two tooth picks to gently press the Lazer Lace disks into the clay; with the point of a tooth pick, follow the arms of the spiral from the inside to the outside gently pushing the spiral into the clay. If you slip and make a hole in the clay, add clay to the hole and patch it. Make sure the clay is bulging out past the Lazer Lace then gently pat the clay so that the clay will hold the lace.

Remove the pieces from the tile by running a clay blade underneath each piece; you will have 30 pieces.

Joining links together

Turn a spiral link over, spiral side down, and place one jumpring at 2 o'clock and one at 10 o'clock; press into the clay. Place another link on top of the spiral link--clay to clay, pressing firmly. Cut any excess clay away from the edges, clean out the inside of the portion of jumprings showing above the links, and smooth the clay along the edge of the links with your fingers. Repeat to make 7 links with spiral Lazer Lace on one side and disk Lazer Lace on the other side and 8 completed links with spiral Lazer Lace on both sides. Press a Swarovski crystal into the clay, within a Lazer Lace disk.
Adding pigment powders

With a small paintbrush, apply the pigment powders to the clay covering the whole piece, sides included. Play with combinations of powders for exotic effects.

Use your finger or a piece of paper to burnish the pigments into the clay, the pigments will stain your fingers.

Place pieces, spiral side down, onto a baking sheet dedicated to polymer clay use. Bake the pieces in the oven at 275 degrees for 2 hours, remove from oven then cool.

After baking, if there are any spaces on the side of the link between the Lazer Lace and the clay, you can fill them with a bit of liquid polymer, move it around with the tooth pick making sure it goes into any cracks between the clay and the disks. Don't leave puddles of liquid polymer, just a thin coat. Bake again
Testing embossing powders

Test the stability of the powders by rubbing the piece with your finger, if your finger stains, spray the links with a fixative. The powders are fixed into the clay but there might be extra powder that will rub off for a while which can stain your clothes.
Connecting the links

Arrange the links in a color pattern pleasing to you. Use the small jumprings to connect the links.

Use jumprings to attach the toggle clasp to the last link on each end of the necklace.

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