Tutorial by Connie Pelkey

Published November 20, 2006

 

 

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Supplies

Polymer clay black and green
Translucent Liquid Sculpey
Mica powders in your choice of colors (I used Pearl Ex powders)
Small paintbrush
Leaf molds
Automotive protectant spray
Pasta machine
Clay blade
Acrylic roller
Shape cutter
Stretch elastic
Wooden skewer

Instructions

Step 1

Making the leaves:
Condition green clay. Pinch off a portion of clay sized to fit the leaf mold. Spray the clay with automotive protectant spray.

Step 2

Press the clay into the mold. Use the pad of your finger to gently nudge the clay in from the edges all the way around the mold, pull out of mold, and trim any excess. Detail the leaf with skewer. Make 5 of these.

Step 3

Making the tiles:
Condition black clay in pasta machine. Cut five pieces of clay from sheet of clay with shape cutter.

Step 4

Lay out five pieces of clay onto baking surface in an even line. Position the two wooden skewers over all tiles.

Step 5

GENTLY roll acrylic roller over the skewers, embedding the skewers into the clay tiles. Do not push skewers completely through clay!

Step 6

Dab liquid clay onto high portions of the first five tiles, being careful to NOT get any inside the channels made with the skewers. Set aside.

Step 7

Roll out a second sheet of black clay, place sheet of plastic over sheet of clay, use shape cutter to cut five more pieces of clay.

Step 8

Texture these pieces with a needle tool.

Step 9

Put a small amount of liquid clay on the back of each leaf and spread it out.

Step 10

Position a leaf on each textured piece of clay, pressing it gently in place. Open the jars of mica powder and pick up a small amount. Brush the powder onto the leaves. Be careful to not get powder on the black clay.

Step 11

Then, place the leafed portions over the channeled portions.

Step 12

Taking your shape cutter, carefully position it over the completed tiles; carefully press down over the stack to “clean up” the final tiles.

Step 13

Make ten green beads by cutting ten pieces from a sheet of clay, rolling the pieces into even balls and drilling holes in them with a wooden skewer. Bake all the tiles and beads at 275 degrees for 30 minutes in a calibrated oven that has had its accuracy checked with an external oven thermometer. Cool.

Step 14

Assembling the bracelet:
Lay out all the elements of the bracelet on a bead board. Cut two lengths of elastic cording at least 4 inches larger than your wrist.

Step 15

Thread the cord through the elements. You might have to fashion a “needle” out of a length of wire with one end folded over to form the eye. Use pliers to help pull the cord through the holes.

Step 16

Tie knots into the ends of the cords, dab a small amount of super glue on them, and pull the knots back into the adjoining tile or bead to hide.

Variations/Final Thoughts

The finished bracelet.

 
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