Magic Cane Bracelet
This brightly colored and random pattern cane makes great beads for a bracelet.
Designed by Iris Weiss
- Craft Smart® Polymer Clay: Blue, Light Blue, Bright Green, Light Purple
- Clay Extruder
- Pasta Machine
- Acrylic Roller
- Clay Blade
- Needle Tool
- Small Beads of choice
- Beading Wire
Read all tips in the Project Tip section below before beginning project.
Condition and roll several ½-inch balls of each color of clay.
Use your thumb to press each of the balls of clay into a flat disc (about 1/8-inch thick); they do not have to be even or perfectly flat. Stack the flattened discs in random alternating colors.
Once the discs are stacked lightly press them together and insert the stack into the barrel of the clay extruder. Attach the square-hole extruder disc and extrude the clay into one long square cane. Once all of the clay in the barrel has been extruded out, use the clay blade to trim the length of cane away from the extruder.
Cut the length of extruded clay in half and place the two halves next to each other. Cut this formation in half and stack one half on top of the other so you have a 2 x 2 square cane. Using the acrylic roller gently roll along each of the four sides of the cane to compress all the cut pieces together.
Take the remaining blue clay and roll out a sheet on the thickest setting of the pasta machine (approximately 1/8-inch thick). Wrap this sheet of clay around the outside of the stack of squares. Use the acrylic roller to gently roll the wrapped sheet of blue clay onto the cane.
Reduce the cane to the desired size for the beads. Use the clay blade to cut slices that are about ¼-inch thick.
Position the tip of the needle tool in the center of one of the blue wrapped edges and gently push through to the other side of the slice. Once reaching the other side, remove the needle tool, turn the slice over and insert the needle tool going back through the hole from the other direction. Doing this will ensure a smooth and even diameter hole.
Bake the beads as instructed in the Project Tip section below and let cool completely.
String the beads onto the beading wire as shown or as desired.
Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.
Make sure to clean hands and tools before starting project.
Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces.
Knead clay for 2 minutes.
Start with lighter colors and work down to darker colors to avoid discoloring of the clay.
Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275º F (130º C) for 15 minutes per ¼-inch (6mm) of thickness. Do not exceed temperatures or recommended baking time.
Do not use in microwave oven.
Baking should be completed by an adult.
Wash hands after use.