Bib-Style Necklace and Earring Set with Kato Polyclay™, Swarovski® Crystals and Magic-Glos®

Necklace

STEP 1
Draw a scale design similar to the finished design in the image above. The focal will consist of five oval components approximately 25x20mm-40x28mm and 13 round components approximately 23-35mm, placed in the pattern of your choice.
STEP 2
Cut approximately 19-1/2 inch and two 1-inch lengths of Zebra Wire™. Separate two 5-1/2 inch lengths from the 18-inch length of 9x6mm curb chain with rainbow pattern (leaving the ends intact).
STEP 3
Condition each color of Kato Polyclay well by running them through a polymer clay roller until soft and pliable. Combine colors to create one shade of light pink, light blue and gold clay.

Tip: Use the ''Blending Colors in Polymer'' chart by Donna Kato for more information.
STEP 4
Extrude several snakes of clay then create tight spirals in the center of one component in the guide created in Step 1.

Arrange one gold snake into a ring around the outside of the component then place a second around the previous. Place one more gold ring centered between the two previous rings then gently press the component together.

Tip: Use caution when creating the clay rings. They may begin to crack if not conditioned enough.

Repeat to create a total of four spiral components in the pattern of your choice.
STEP 5
Place a small piece of scrap clay in the center of one component on the guide then press one rivoli into the clay. Arrange a set of gold rings around the edge of the base clay and rivoli then place one pink ring inside the top gold ring to secure the rivoli. Repeat to create a total of six rivoli components in the pattern of your choice.

Continue to create sets of gold rings around the edge of each remaining component in the guide.
STEP 6
Gently flip the components over. Form a wrapped loop on one end of one 1-inch length of wire then press the straight end into one component one end of the focal then trim excess wire. Repeat to attach a loop to the opposite end of the focal.

Press each 1/2 inch length of wire into the clay connecting adjacent components, connecting all of the components together then place a small piece of clay over each wire to conceal.
STEP 7
Gently flip the piece back over to the front then use a texturing tool to create a design around the edge of each component. Use a brush to apply sparkle gold mica powder around the top edge of each component.

Bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.
STEP 8
While baking the focal extrude one pink and one blue 1-foot and 6-inch lengths of clay. Twist the pink and blue 6-foot lengths together then trim one 1-inch section from the twist.

Arrange the longer length so it overlaps like a bow. Apply a small bead of liquid polymer to the center of the bow then place the smaller section over the center, like a knot.

After the focal is fully baked apply a small bead of liquid polymer between two components on the left side of the focal. Place the bow onto the clay so it hangs over adjacent components.
STEP 9
Twist the pink and blue 1-foot lengths together then trim the length into sections and arrange them around the edges of the components that lay toward the center of the focal, working to the opposite end.

Bake once more according to manufacturer’s instructions.
STEP 10
Once cooled place painter's tape over the back side of the focal making sure to seal the back of the open components on the focal as tightly as possible.
STEP 11
Apply a couple of drops of Magic-Glos to the center of each open component and three swirl components. Allow Magic-Glos to settle to the edges or use a toothpick to spread. Place a few candy sprinkles and opaque peach 1m micro rounds of your choice into the open components. Carefully place the focal in direct sunlight for approximately 10 minutes to cure.

Tip: If bubbles occur while applying the Magic-Glos, quickly pass a butane torch close over the surface to release them.
STEP 12
Once cured apply a second layer of Magic-Glos and sprinkles and opaque peach 1m micro rounds of your choice to the open components and filling the swirl components then cure.

Apply a last layer of Magic-Glos to the open components using care not to spill over the edge then cure.

Tip: If over spill does occur, use acetone and a cotton swab to remove excess Magic-Glos.

Once cured, remove the painter's tape and remove excess Magic-Glos with acetone.
STEP 13
Mix Devcon® 5-Minute® Epoxy according to manufacturer's instructions. Affix Swarovski® crystal flat backs to the components in the pattern of your choice.
STEP 14
Pass one blue 6mm jumpring through the last link on one end of one length of cable chain and the loop on one end of the focal then close. Repeat to attach the second length of chain to the opposite end of the focal.

Earrings

STEP 1
Extrude two 6-inch lengths pink and blue clay. Twist one pink and blue length together then trim one 1-inch section from the twist.

Arrange the longer length so it overlaps like a bow. Apply a small bead of liquid polymer to the center of the bow then place the smaller section over the center, like a knot.

Repeat to create a second bow component then bake according to manufacturer's instructions.
STEP 2
Mix Devcon® 5-Minute® Epoxy according to manufacturer's instructions. Affix Swarovski crystal flat backs to the front of each component, in the pattern of your choice then set aside to set for 5 minutes.
STEP 3
Use epoxy to affix one flat pad earstud to the center on the back of each bow component then set aside to set for 5 minutes.
STEP 4
Repeat Steps 1 - 3 to create a second earring.

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