Sparkles & Spirals Beaded Butterfly Necklace
- Polyform Sculpey Premo! Accents: Gold, Pearl
- Beadalon Artistic Wire Non Tarnish Brass, 20-gauge
- Antique bronze chain, 14” length
- Antique bronze findings: 10 large jump rings, 8 connector links
- Cousin Jewelry Basics: 3x6mm disc beads, Crystal AB
- Beadalon: Designer Ergo cutter, chain-nose pliers
- Polyform Sculpey: Acrylic Ruler, Super Slicer (with straight blade)
- Ceramic tile
- Loctite Super Glue
- 1. Condition 1/4 block of Pearl and Gold clays separately following manufacturer’s instructions. Flatten and roll each piece to 1/8” thickness. Use super slicer to cut both pieces into rectangles. Layer pieces together on top of one other. Roll clay from longest side to longest side creating cane. Roll cane back and forth to reduce thickness to 1/4” keeping seam line straight and even.
- 2. Create 1/4”x1” log from scrap clay for butterfly body. Use super slicer to slice thin pieces from spiral cane. Cover outside of small log; roll between palms to press and seal all edges on log. Shape log into butterfly body.
- 3. Use wire to make two holes on either side of body. Bake on ceramic tile in oven following manufacturer’s instructions.
- 4. Cut one 6” wire length; thread 10 crystal disc beads onto wire. Bend 1/4” length at right angle at each wire end. Using chain-nose pliers to hold both ends of wire, use fingers to form shape of butterfly wing, making sure that beads are evenly placed along wire.
- 5. Once wing is fully shaped, use super glue to glue beads in place. Set wing aside fully dry. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for other wing.
- 6. Use chain-nose pliers to open 10 large jump rings. Attach four connector links together using jump rings. Attach linked connector links to end of 14” chain length using jump ring. Repeat for remaining four connector links. Attach linked connector links onto opposite end of chain.
- 7. Once clay body has fully cooled, spot glue holes on one side of body. Insert ends of wire wings into holes and hold in place for glue to set. Repeat process for other side of body.
- 8. Use remaining jump rings to attach chain length onto top edges of butterfly wings.
by Keri Lee Sereika