Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Kato Polyclay™, Czech Pressed Glass Beads and Wirework
-- Designer --
Rose, Jewelry Production Specialist, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Bead, Czech pressed glass, ruby red, 9.5x6mm teardrop (43 beads)
- Bead, Czech pressed glass, ruby red, 16x6mm teardrop (2 beads)
- Polymer clay, Kato Polyclay, red
- Polymer clay, Kato Polyclay, white
- Polymer clay, Kato Polyclay, translucent
- Polymer clay, Kato Polyclay, black
- Polymer clay, Kato Polyclay, brown
- Polymer clay, Kato Polyclay, beige flesh
- Polymer clay, Kato Polyclay, metallic pearl
- Polymer clay, Kato Polyclay, metallic silver
- Jumpring, gold-plated brass, 6.5x5mm oval, approximately 18 gauge (4 jumprings)
- Headpin, 14Kt gold-filled, 1-inch, 21 gauge (45 headpins)
- Earwire, gold-plated stainless steel, 20mm fishhook with 3mm ball and 4mm coil with open loop, 21 gauge (2 earwires)
- Clasp, toggle, gold-plated copper, 18mm textured round with twist (1 clasp)
- Chain, gold-finished steel, 5mm long cable
- Wire, 12Kt gold-filled, half-hard, round, 24 gauge
- Wire, 12Kt gold-filled, dead-soft, twisted square, 16 gauge
- Top coat sealant, Mona Lisa Metal Leaf, clear
- Mica powder, Gold Leaf and Metallic Powders, Gold
- Kato Polyclay clear medium liquid
- Texture plates, plastic, clear, 5x4-inch
- Super Slicer
- Polyclay roller
- Pliers, nylon jaw
- Pliers, chain-nose
- Pliers, bent-nose
- Pliers, flush-cutter
- Pliers, round-nose
- Artist brushes
Mica powder, gold
Using flush-cutters cut the following:
Two 12-1/2 inch lengths of gold-finished 5mm long cable chain
One 24-inch length and two 2-inch lengths of gold-filled 16-gauge twisted wire
One 3-inch length, one 2-inch length and ten 1-inch lengths of gold-filled 24-gauge round wire
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, form a 1/2 right-handed spiral with 1.5 rotations on the first end of the wire. Gently curve the wire up 1 inch (this will be the shorter tail on the heart). Form a 2-1/4 x 2-1/2mm heart with a deep cleft.
At the point of the heart where the wires come back together, continue to gently curve the wire 2 inches from the point then create a right-handed spiral with 2.5 rotations. Cut any excess wire using flush-cutters.
Wrap one 3-inch length of 24-gauge wire around the twisted wire at the point of the heart where the wires come back together for six to seven wraps to secure the heart together. Cut any excess wire using flush-cutters and tuck the wire behind the heart.
Wrap one 2-inch length of 24-gauge wire around the twisted wire at the point where the two spirals come together for three to four wraps to secure the heart together.
Select a piece of scrap polyclay, or a piece of clay in the color of your choice, approximately the size of the wire heart. Roll the clay through a polyclay roller to flatten to approximately 2mm thickness.
Place a texture plate over the clay and roll both through the polyclay roller once more.
Press the wire heart component into the piece of clay and cut around the edge of the wire heart as closely as possible.
Taking random pieces of conditioned clay in red, black, white, translucent, metallic pearl, beige flesh and brown, form a rough ball about the size of a golf ball. Using a snake roller tool press the ball flat. Rip the clay sheet stacking the sections creating new layers. Repeat once more continuing to stack the layers.
Use the snake roller tool to flatten the stacked clay.
Set the polyclay roller to one setting thinner than the middle setting. Place the clay into the roller. Place one hand at the base of the rollers and begin rolling the clay through the roller. Allow the clay to fold back and forth like a fan. Use your fingers to keep the clay compact.
Using a Super Slicer blade slice the resulting fan in half. Slice the design side of the clay into sections. Press them together side-by-side on a flat surface forming a heart close to the size of the wire heart.
Using a blade cut a rough slit down one side of the heart approximately 35mm long.
Place the multicolored heart on top of the previous wire and clay heart component. Run a finger along the edge of the multicolored heart pressing it to line up with the wire and making it smooth.
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers bend each end of one 1-inch length of gold-filled 24-gauge wire in the same direction at a 90-degree right angle (resembling a staple). Curve each end of the wire slightly to create a small hook.
Using an artist brush apply a small amount of liquid Kato Polyclay to each end of one 1-inch piece of wire. Press the wire into the clay diagonally across the center of the slit cut in Step 10. Repeat to place a second piece of wire diagonally across the previous wire in the opposite direction (resembling a stitch).
Repeat to create two more stitches on either side of the first, reducing in size.
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters form a simple loop on one end of one 2-inch length of gold-filled 16-gauge twisted wire. Repeat to form a simple loop on the second 2-inch length.
Using a craft knife cut two small rectangle pieces, approximately 15x10mm, from the scrap clay.
Place the straight end of one 2-inch piece of wire in the center of one lobe on the back of the heart, so the loop hangs off the edge. Using an artist brush apply a liquid Kato Polyclay to one rectangle of clay. Place the rectangle over the straight end of the wire. Press the edges of the rectangle into the back of the heart.
Repeat to place a loop on the second lobe of the heart creating a focal.
Using an artist brush apply gold mica powder around the edge of the front of the heart focal and to the entire back of the heart focal. Apply liquid polyclay to the entire back of the heart focal to seal.
Place the heart component onto a baking rack. Place the baking rack into the pre-heated clay craft oven and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.
String one Czech pressed glass ruby red 9.5x6mm teardrop bead onto a 1-inch headpin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and round-nose pliers form a simple loop on the end of the wire. Repeat to create a total of forty-three ruby red teardrop bead drops.
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open one 6.5x5mm oval jumpring. Pass the jumpring through the first link one 12-1/2 inch length of chain and the loop on the ring portion of the toggle clasp. Close the jumpring. Open one 6.5x5mm oval jumpring. Pass the jumpring through the last link on the 12-1/2 inch length of chain and the right facing loop on the heart focal.
Repeat to attach the second 12-1/2 inch length of the chain to the bar portion of the toggle clasp and the left facing side of the heart focal.
Open the loop on one ruby red teardrop bead drop. Pass the loop through last link on the end of the first 12-1/2 inch chain next to the heart. Close the loop. Repeat to attach a ruby red teardrop bead drop to every other link on both lengths of chain.
Using flush-cutters cut two 4-inch lengths of gold-filled 16-gauge twisted wire.
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers, round-nose pliers and flush-cutters form a simple loop on the straight end of the wire. Bend the straight end of the wire so that it gently curves to one direction.
Pick up any remaining clay multicolored clay from the necklace and divide it into two equal pieces. Flatten each piece making sure not to mix the colors.
Fold one piece of clay in half so that the design is facing out on both sides. Press the straight end of the wire into the top of the clay until the simple loop is touching the clay.
Using fingers and shaping tools form the clay into a heart shape on the wire with the lobes of the heart close around the loop and following the curve of the wire.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to create a second heart component.
Place the heart components onto a baking rack. Place the baking rack into the pre-heated clay craft oven and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, form a 5/8 right-handed spiral with 2 rotations on the straight end of the wire.
String one Czech pressed glass 9.5x6mm teardrop bead onto a 1-inch headpin. Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and round-nose pliers form a simple loop on the end of the wire.
Using a pair of chain-nose pliers and flat-nose pliers, open the loop on an earwire. Pass the loop through the top loop on the twisted wire heart.
Open the loop on a ruby red teardrop bead drop. Pass it through bottom of the spiral under the heart. Close the loop.
Repeat Steps 6 - 9 to create a second earring.
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