Single-Strand Necklace with Polymer Clay and Silver-Plated Brass Chain
-- Designer --
Rose, Jewelry Production Specialist, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Polymer clay, Premo! Sculpey, white
- Polymer clay, Premo! Sculpey, cadmium red hue
- Polymer clay, Premo! Sculpey Accents, cobalt
- Bail, ice-pick, silver-plated brass, 8x3.5mm, 6mm grip length (1 bail)
- Chain, silver-plated brass, 1.5mm faceted ball, 18 inches with 1-inch extender chain and lobster claw clasp
- Toaster oven, Hamilton Beach Easy Reach, plastic / stainless steel / tempered glass, 120V/1200W
- Roller set, acrylic
- Poly-roller machine, Imperia, plastic / wood / rubber / nickel- / chrome-plated steel
- Super Slicer, stainless steel and plastic
- Clay cutter, Kemper, brass, 9mm-20mm assorted square with built-in pop-out tool
- Clay cutter, tin, 20mm / 30mm / 40mm square
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, round-nose
Condition sections of white, cadmium red and cobalt Premo! Sculpey polymer clay by hand or by running through a polymer clay roller until it's soft and pliable.
Roll the white clay out on the thickest setting.
Roll the blue clay out on the thickest setting.
Roll the red clay out on the third from thickest setting.
Using a 17mm Kemper® star clay cutter, cut seven stars from the white clay, then stack together.
Repeat to create a second stack of seven white stars.
Using a 40mm square clay cutter, cut 12 squares from the blue clay.
Stack the blue clay into two stacks of six squares. Using the 17mm star clay cutter cut a star from the center of one stack of blue clay.
Repeat with the second stack of blue clay, ensuring that the star is in the same placement and direction.
Use a clay blade to cut a blue stack in half. Carefully pick up half of the cut stack and fit it around a white star stack . Repeat to move the second half of the cut blue stack and enclose the white star stack with blue.
Slightly compress each side of the cane to remove air bubbles and slightly reduce the diameter.
Use a clay blade to cut the blue off the cane, leaving a 1/8-inch blue border around the star.
Reduce the cane to approximately 2 inches in length.
Repeat Steps 6 - 9 to create a second star cane.
Press the two star canes together along a long side, forming a rectangle cane with two stars.
Reduce the rectangle cane, maintaining the shape, until approximately 4-inches in length.
Using a clay blade, cut the rectangle cane in half. Stack the halves to form a square with four stars.
Tip: To ensure the best-looking stars in the finished piece be sure to use a clean, sharp blade to cut and position the best stars facing the same direction when stacking.
Reduce the four-star cane until approximately 3 - 4 inches in length.
Tip: To ensure the cane retains the created design, allow to rest a few minutes before proceeding to the next step.
Slice two 1/8 inch pieces from the four-star cane. Lay the slices on a work surface snug together. Repeat to add more slices to the work surface until the star field is slightly larger than the 40mm square clay cutter.
Use an acrylic clay roller to join the slices at the seams.
Lay the red section of clay on the work surface. Carefully place the star field section of clay on the red clay.
Run the stacked sections of clay through the clay roller on the thickest setting.
Using the 40mm square clay cutter, cut a square from the two-sided sheet of clay created in Step 15.
Use a clay blade to cut half-way from one corner to the center of the square. Repeat on the remaining three corners.
Fold the left half of a cut corner to the center of the square. Repeat with the left halves of the three remaining corners.
Roll a small ball of clay in the color of your choice, then press onto the center of the pinwheel.
Use an awl or toothpick to create a hole near the tip of one outer pinwheel fin.
Bake the pinwheel using the clay manufacturer's directions, then allow to cool.
Use an ice-pick bail to connect the pendant to an 18-inch ball chain necklace.
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