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Polymer-Clay Jewelry

Polymer-Clay Jewelry

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2010

Introduction

To keep the pieces looking modern, choose contemporary colors and stick to graphic designs with geometric shapes.

Sculpey polymer clay and clay conditioning machine needed for this project are available from Amazon.

materials

  • Polymer clay

  • Conditioning machine

  • Parchment paper

  • Baking sheet

  • Transparent ruler

  • Pastry cutter

  • Fine-point tool

  • Jump rings

  • Round-nose pliers

  • Flat-nose pliers

  • 24-inch thread-wrapped chain

steps

  1. Soften polymer clay to prevent cracking and breakage: Knead it in your hands, and then run it through a conditioning machine (this tool makes clay pliable, presses consistently flat sheets, and blends colors). Use the conditioning machine to roll a 1/16-inch-thick piece of clay onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Avoid touching clay to prevent fingerprints.

  2. To make squares and rectangles, use a transparent ruler to mark a grid of 1 1/4-inch or 1-by-1 3/4-inch increments. Make 20 1 1/4-inch square and five 1-by-1 3/4-inch rectangle charms. Run pastry cutter along ruler's edge to connect markings. Leave pieces in place; they snap apart once baked. Pierce each piece with pointed tool. Bake clay on parchment for a matte finish; bake on metal to make clay shiny. Check clay packaging for baking time and temperature.

  3. Measure out a 9-inch section located at the center of a 24-inch chain. Lay out charms along section to determine final design and color placement. Using jump rings, attach 1 charm to each link of the chain.

  4. Hold 1 end of the ring with round-nose pliers while opening and closing ring with flat-nose pliers.

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