Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130°C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.
Begin by preheating oven to 275°F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Visit http://sculpey.jmfdev.com/create/projects/sculpey-synshade for directions on creating a sheet of SynShade. Set aside.
Select a color of premo! that matches the SynShade you created. The sheet we created was 18K Gold and Black so we'll be using Black. Unwrap the package of clay and set on its side. Slice the package into 3 pieces.
Place one piece of clay into the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine, narrow side down and roll through the machine on the #1 (widest) setting. Repeat this with a second piece of clay.
Lay the two pieces of clay together to create a long narrow piece of clay and roll through the machine a couple of more times until the clay feels smooth and slightly elastic.
Place the bracelet blank at one end toward the edge of the clay and wrap the clay around the blank. Trim the clay at each end of the blank. Use the Super Slicer to slide along the outside edge of the blank to trim the excess clay off. Repeat on the other side.
NOTE: If you have larger wrists, trim the clay about ¼ inch beyond the edge of the blank.
Roll the leftover clay back through the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine to create a long narrow strip of clay again and trim out a strip of clay about ½ inch wide. (Yes, sometimes, you can trim this second strip from the excess clay removed in step 5).
Lay this strip of clay down the center of the clay on the bracelet blank. Use your thumbs to gently smooth down the edge of the strip. This will give the rounded effect to your bracelet. Retrim the outside edges of the bracelet if necessary.
Roll the remaining clay through the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine on #1 to make a narrow strip and reset the machine to #3 and roll it through. Lay the sheet of clay over the bracelet and gently wrap the clay around the two layers on the bracelet.
Use the craft blade to slide around the INSIDE edge of the bracelet and remove the excess clay. Fold the clay sheet around the ends of the bracelet to cover those layers and trim to the edge of the bracelet blank. Once you have completed this step, the bracelet should have a gently curve to the top and NO clay on the inside where the bracelet blank is.
The bracelet is now ready for the SynShade pieces. Trim the ends of the best (and longest) piece of the SynShade texture and lay it on the middle of the bracelet, allowing the edges of the texture to hang off the sides of the bracelet. (NOTE: You can skip this third layer of “plain” clay and use the texture layer here to create a slightly thinner bracelet.)
Gently wrap the textures around the edge of the bracelet and use the craft knife to trim along the INSIDE of the bracelet blank.
Punch a couple of “pearl” out of the contrast clay using the small and medium Etch and Pearl tools and use those along with a couple of scraps of the texture to accent the ends of the bracelet.
If you wish . . . You can make 3 pieces of the texture and put the best and biggest piece in the middle of the bracelet. Trim the end of the next piece and match it as close as possible to the texture for the right end of the bracelet, wrapping the end of the texture around the end of the bracelet. Repeat on the other side of the bracelet and trim the inside carefully as in step 10 above. Use your finger to gently blend the seams of the textures together. AT THIS POINT, THERE SHOULD BE NO CLAY ON THE INSIDE OF THE BRACELET BLANK
Bake as directed above on the bracelet blank. Once the clay is baked and cooled to just slightly warm, pull up on one end of the bracelet to separate the clay from the blank. Repeat on the other end and slip the bracelet blank out. Trim any sharp edges of clay from the inside of the bracelet with the craft blade. Reuse your bracelet blank to make more bracelets!
Why use one bracelet blank when you can use two? Make your clay strip and set two bracelet blanks side by side on the clay strip. Gently wrap the clay around the two blanks and press into place. Follow the steps above. (Make the second layer about one inch wide instead of ½ inch)
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