Single-Strand Necklace made of Three Bracelets with PMC3™, Art Clay® and Sterling Silver Beads and Chain

STEP 1

Using a jeweler's file, file the surface of the sterling silver bead core where the clay will be placed.
Using a paintbrush, apply a layer of the paste or slip on the roughed up area.

These steps will help the clay adhere to the core more readily.
STEP 2
Lightly oil your hands and, working carefully, the surface of the Super slicer blade. Open one package of clay and compress it between your fingers a few times. Place the clay onto a clean work surface. Using the snake roller, roll the clay out until it is the width of the bead core and as thick as you'd like your bead to be.
STEP 3
Wrap the snake of clay around the bead core. Overlap the ends.

Using the Super slicer blade, carefully and on an angle, cut through the two layers of the snake.

Remove the excess clay.
STEP 4

Using the paintbrush, apply a little bit of water to the underside of the snake of clay and along the two ends of the seam.

Compress the snake to the surface of the bead core. Overlap the ends where they meet and press them together.

Note: The way the clay was trimmed should create a seam that is secure as well as a joint that maintains the same thickness as the rest of the snake.

Using the end of the paintbrush, work the clay together so the seam is neat and invisible.
Set the bead aside to dry completely. This could take overnight depending on the thickness of the clay.

Repeat Steps 1-4 for as many beads as you would like in your finished design.
STEP 5
Once the beads are dry, refine the shape using a salon nail file, polishing papers and sanding swabs.

Work until the shape is as perfect as you would like it. Repeat for all the beads you have made.

Adding a Loop and Texture

STEP 6
Complete Steps 1-4 then place an up-eye into the wet clay, opposite from the seam.

Continue with Step 5 to finish the bead.

Pinch off a small piece of clay and place it between two slats, 3-cards high. Using the acrylic roller, roll over the clay 1-2 times.

Place a lightly oiled texture onto your work surface. Place slats, 2-cards high on top of the texture. Place the clay between the slats. Using the roller, roll across the slats and the surface of the clay. The slats will prevent you from thinning the strip out too much as you apply texture.
STEP 7
Using the Super slicer, trim the strip according to your design.
STEP 8
Using the paintbrush and a small amount of water, wet the surface of the bead. Let the water absorb then apply the textured clay.

Apply more water and a bit of pressure to create a bond between the two layers of clay.

Set the bead aside to dry. Once dry, continue refining until you are happy with the finish of the surface.

Adding a Beaded Dangle

STEP 9
Once the finishing is complete, place the beads of your choice onto a headpin.
STEP 10
Finish the headpin with a simple loop, capturing the loop on the bead.

Adding the Personal Touch--Optional Ideas


Creating a Stamped Border

  • Pinch off a small piece of clay and place it between two slats, 2-cards high. Using the acrylic roller, roll over the clay 1-2 times, keeping the shape of the clay long and narrow.
  • Move the strip of clay to a non-stick work surface. Place the finished bead onto the surface of the rolled out strip of clay (this is only for measuring how wide you need the strip to be). Using the Super slicer, trim the strip of clay to the proper width.
  • Using the letter and number stamps, impress the name or words you would like on your finished bead.
  • Place the strip onto the surface of the bead. Check the length then trim as needed. Carefully lift the strip off of the bead, apply a bit of water to the surface of the bead then place the strip of clay back into place.
  • Carefully apply a bit of pressure to the strip of clay so it makes good contact with the surface of the bead.
  • Set the bead aside to dry. Once dry, refine any areas that need a touch up. If you want to create a seamless finish between the border and the surface of the bead, you may find you need to fill in gaps with the syringe-type clay or paste/slip.

Decorating Using Syringe-Type Clay

  • Using the paintbrush, wet the surface to be embellished with a syringe. Let the water absorb into the clay. Depress the plunger on the syringe to extrude the clay. Apply the extruded clay to the wetted area in the pattern of your choice.
  • Wet the area where the syringe was applied and apply light pressure to create a bond between the two clay types.
  • Set the bead aside to dry. Refine any areas that need a touch up.

Carving a Phrase

  • Using a pencil, write the words on the bead for a test drive and as a template to follow. Once you are happy with the layout, use the tip of the awl or other potential tool to begin carving the words into the clay.
  • Carve in as deep as you would like. Using a dry paintbrush, brush the surface of the clay, getting into the crevices of the carving to remove any clay particles.
  • Refine the bead until you are happy with the surface.

Firing and Finishing the Beads

STEP 1
Dust off the beads so no excess clay particles remain. Anything extra left on the bead may fire in place.
STEP 2
Place the fiber blanket in the kiln. Place the beads on the fiber blanket. The fiber blanket will cushion the beads and help keep the defined shape, textures and details.

Firing Temperature and Times
PMC3
  • Set the kiln to fire at full amp speed
  • Fire to 1290°F
  • Hold the temperature for 1 hour

Art Clay 650
  • Set the kiln to fire at full amp speed
  • Fire to 1200°F
  • Hold the temperature for 1 hour

Let the kiln cool to room temperature before removing the beads.
STEP 3
Using any of the following--steel wire brush, polishing papers, agate burnisher, Pikal Care and Foredom polishing lathe--bring up the shine on the beads to the level of your choice.

Optional Finish

  • If you'd like, you can use liver of sulfur or Patina Gel to add an antiqued effect to the textured areas of your beads.
  • Wrap a polishing cloth around a stiff tool, like the handle of the steel wire brush. Brush the cloth across the surface to remove the patina from the highlights.
  • The stiffness of the tool will help keep the polishing cloth from getting into the crevices or recesses where the patina will enhance the design.
  • String the beads onto chain or cording of your choice.

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