Bright Colors CraftSmart™ Bracelets
Make your own unique jewelry with polymer clay!
Designed by Patricia Kimle, courtesy of Polyform.
- CraftSmart™ Clay - Light Blue, Orange, Pink, Light Purple and Bright Green
- Clay Blade
- Pasta Machine (or Acrylic Rod)
- Sculpey® Clay Tool Starter Set (Needle Tool)
- Beading Wire, 12"
- Crimp Beads
- Crimping Pliers
- Wire Cutter
- Accent Beads, 4mm - Silver Spacers and White (or Ivory)
- Clasp - Silver
Preheat oven to 275°F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Condition all clay by kneading until it's soft and smooth, or running it through a clay-dedicated pasta machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
For the striped cane, roll about 1/8 package of green and purple clay into equal sized sheets about 1mm thick. Stack the two sheets, cut them in half and stack again.
For the spiral cane, roll about 1/8 package of green and pink into sheets 1mm thick and about 2" x 4". Stack the sheets and roll from one end to the other into a spiral.
For the bull's-eye cane, with a dime-sized ball of purple, roll a snake about 2" long. Wrap a sheet of pink clay about 1mm thick around this clay and trim the ends to just meet. Continue adding layers of light blue, pink and light blue.
To assemble beads, cut a 5mm thick slice of the spiral and the bull's-eye canes and pierce them side to side. Cut slices of the striped cane and arrange them edge to edge around a football shaped ball of clay (any color or scrap pieces). Blend the edges and shape the ends to a point.
Roll a ball of orange clay and apply slices of the striped cane around the circumference of the bead.
Reduce the bull's-eye and spiral canes by compressing and rolling them so that the diameter is reduced and the cane grows longer. Cut slices of the bull's-eye cane to apply to the stripe beads. Cut slices of the spiral cane and apply them all around a dime-sized ball of clay to cover it completely. Smooth all beads and pierce them.
Bake according to the manufacturer's instructions on the clay package.
String the beads with beading wire, arranging the accent beads as desired to achieve the necessary length and desired look. Finish with a clasp and crimp beads.