Sculpey® III Ikat Bracelet
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Sculpey® III Ikat Bracelet

This stylish bracelet is sure to get tons of compliments and even more when you tell them you made it!
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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Material List

  • Premo! Sculpey® Oven-bake Clay, 2 oz. Bars – Candy Pink, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, Beige, Copper, Black, White and Green
  • Sculpey® 5-in-1 Clay Tool
  • Sculpey® Gloss Glaze
  • Sculpey® Bake & Bond
  • Polyester (or Cotton Fiberfill or Other Item/s To Support During Baking) Aluminum Foil
  • Jewelry Craft Wire, 18 ga. and 12 ga.
  • Acrylic Paint – Black Cherry
  • Wire Cutters
 

Project Instructions

Getting Started
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 15 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.

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.

Step 1 Roll the black through the clay dedicated pasta machine on the thickest setting. Create three strips: one 3"x8" long, three 3¾"x8" long. Place 3" strip on waxed paper. Place one ¾" strip down center length of 3" strip. Place two ¾" strips on either side of center strip, leaving 1/8" space (this creates channels for the elastic cord). Trim long edges so strip is 2" wide, centering the center strip. Taper long edges. Set aside.


Step 2 Creating the Ikat Fabric Cane: With Clay Extruder fitted with square disc, extrude six 6" long square logs of Plum and six 6" long square logs of Copper.


Step 3 Make 6"x6" squares of checkerboard cane.


Step 4 Turn on point and press into football shape.

 


Step 5 Place on waxed paper. Flatten with roller. Roll through the clay dedicated pasta machine on thickest setting. Cut strip in half and stack. Cut stack in half and stack again. Using roller, smooth without reducing. Set aside.


Step 6 Assemble Bracelet. Using clay dedicated pasta machine at #4 setting, make Plum strip 2½"x8" long. Cut thin slices from Ikat fabric cane and lay on Plum strip. When strip is covered, lay waxed paper over strip and burnish until layer is flat. Lay patterned strip over black strip, channels side up, and press lightly to adhere to the three ridges. Trim long edges. Gently roll long edges with fingertips. Cut strip into ½" wide pieces. Bake as directed above. Allow to cool completely.


Step 7 Finishing: String elastic cord through the two channels. Tie knots. Glue knots and trim ends.

Tips

Let your cane rest for an hour before slicing. This makes slicing much smoother.

Craft Notes

Crafted for Michaels by Jennifer Bezingue.