Stamped Polymer Clay Jewelry
sizes: earrings, 2”; necklace, 20”
- Makin’s Clay No Bake White Polymer Clay, 2 pkgs.
- Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Tigertail Beading Wire, 26” length
- Silver findings, two each: flat headpins, earring wires, crimp beads, jump rings; one barrel clasp
toothpicks, skewers, zip-lock bag, damp paper towel, plastic-foam ball, scissors, sponge, craft stick, recycled jar lid, cutting mat, tapestry needle, ruler
- Clearsnap ColorBox Premium Dye Ink by Stephanie Barnard: Black, Tangerine, Grape, Blueberry, Banana
- Earth Safe Finishes Eco Epoxy
- Makin’s Clay Tool Set
- Needle-nose pliers, round-nose pliers, crimping pliers
- Heat tool
- Rubber stamp of choice
- Bead board
- 1. Roll clay into logs measuring 1/2”x2”-3” in length; make 6-10. See Photo 1. (see photos)
- 2. Insert skewer through center of each log; remove and let set for an hour. See Photo 2. (see photos)
- 3. Roll clay into logs about 1/4”x2”-3” in length; make 6-10. Insert tapestry needle through center of each log; remove and let set for an hour.
- 4. Apply inks to all logs with sponge, using several colors on each log; heat set with heat tool. See Photo 3. (see photos)
- 5. Apply black ink to rubber stamp of choice and roll 1/2” logs on top of inked stamp. Heat set with heat tool. See Photo 4. (see photos)
- 6. Cut 1/2” logs into 1/2” pieces; position each bead on toothpick end. Cut 1/4” logs into 1/4” pieces; place each bead on toothpick. See Photo 5. (see photos)
- 7. Following manufacturer’s instructions, mix Eco Epoxy in recycled jar lid. Apply epoxy to each clay bead and insert toothpick end of beads into plastic-foam ball to dry. See Photo 6 and Photo 7. (see photos)
- 8. For necklace, cut 26” length of beading wire. Insert wire through crimp bead and then barrel clasp on one end; run wire end back through crimp bead. Push crimp bead close to barrel clasp using crimping pliers; squeeze to crimp bead closed. See Photo 8. (see photos)
- 9. String 1/4” beads with 1/2” beads, alternating, for 20” length of wire. Use bead board to hold beads. See Photo 9. At end of 20” length, add crimp bead and other end of barrel clasp; thread wire end back through crimp bead. Pull wire tightly and crimp bead; trim excess wire. (see photos)
- 10. For earrings, thread 1/4” bead, 1/2” bead, and 1/4” bead onto headpin; bend remainder of wire with fingers to 90º angle. Form loop with round-nose pliers; wrap wire at bottom of loop, and trim excess. See Photo 10. Repeat for other earring. Attach beaded headpins onto earring wires using jump rings. (see photos)
- 1. Keep the clay you are not using in a zip-lock bag with a damp paper towel so it will not dry out (it will last for months kept this way).
- 2. Mix Eco Epoxy in recycled jar lid so it can be thrown away or recycled when done.
by Ann Butler Designs