Mix the following colors: Rosy pink (8 parts white pearl + 1 red pearl) and periwinkle (8 white pearl + 3 parts blue p<
+ 1 part red pearl). Save a little use for the bezel.
periwinkle to u Create a "Skinner with these colors (see page 24
1 Create a round mosaic
Roll a sheet of white pearl clay to approximately V32" (1 mm) thick (fourth thickest pasta setting) and secure it to a ceramic baking tile. Pick up and place a 6mm crystal AB stone in the center with the soft clay end of a double-ended pointed clay tool. Press the stone in place with the baked clay end of the pointed clay tool. Thread 2 to 3 metallic rose seed beads at a time onto a large-pointed needle, and slide them off while pressing them into place, just outside the center stone. Position the bead holes left to right, as if they were on a string.
Pick up and press 4 square 4mm Crystal AB stones around the seed beads, spacing them evenly, adjacent to one another. Secure 3 of the small lime green bugle beads onto the needle and press into the clay between each square stone, just outside of the metallic beads.
Place the periwinkle clay strip against the left edge of a square stone with a craft blade knife. Allow the strip to curve and follow the contour of the glass beads. Gently press the strip in place and cut off the excess against the next square stone with a craft blade knife.
Gradually roll the color-blended clay sheet to less than '/321' (1mm) thick (fifth thickest pasta setting) and secure it to a ceramic baking tile. Cut long, V\6U (2mm) wide strips across all of the colors.
the periwinkle section, a little . _. _. area between two square stones.
5 Cut the strips into tiles
Using the dull edge of a craft blade knife, cut the strip into '/»6h (2mm) wide tiles. You don't have to cut all the way through the clay. Continue adding periwinkle strips of clay to finish one circle row. is especially important thar each strip be cut into tiles before adding the next clay strip to avoid ui wanted nicks and gouges.) As real mosaic tesse (tiles) are not usually the same exact color, remo a few tiles and replace them with a slightly diffe color. Do this for 3 to 4 tiles, but you'll only nee do this for this first circle row; the remaining strips will have color variation from the color blending already.
Using a needle, secure four W (6mm) lime bugle beads centered between the square stones. Cut away a periwinkle-to-lavender section from the c blended sheet, and place four strips against the row between the long bugle beads. Cut each strip into tiles before proceeding to the next row.
While you cut the strips into tiles, refer to the adjacent row's cuts: Don't align the cuts, as this create a "river," or a crack-like dividing line in design (see diagram).
For the third row, place a lavender-to-rosy pi between two bugle beads strip against the seco row, and cut off the excess.
Add 3 more lavender-to-rosy pink strips against the previous row. Using he craft blade knife, cu' around the mosaic and remove the excess pearl background clay. Set project in a safe, undistu place while you create the remaining mosaics.
Follow steps 1 to 6 to create two medium mosaic links (shown left). The design is the same, althou you won't add a third row of clay tiles. Also, ins of using the larger, W (6mm) lime green bugle beads as in step 6, add 4 smaller, W (3mm) lime green bugle beads. To create the two smallest li (shown right), follow steps 2 to 5. The design is same, although you will use the lavender-to-rosy areas of the color blend. Bake all 5 mosaic m lions for 15 minutes and allow them to cool.
9 Add the day bezels
To safely lift a mosaic, slide a clean, sharp slicing blade under one edge, keeping the blade almost flat against the tile, and slowly move it back and forth under the piece until it is fully released. Do not bend the mosaic medallions. Roll a sheet of periwinkle clay to the third thickest pasta setting and place on a baking tile. Place mosaics medallions on the periwinkle clay sheet and use a craft blade knife to cut around the shapes, leaving a W (3mm) flange.
Close the jump rings with needle-nose pliers. Position the rings as shown in the diagram. Grasp a jump ring on the side opposite the opening. Add a dot of quick-dry cyanoacrylate glue and press halfway into the side of a bezel, just beneath the baked clay layer. Repeat for the remaining mosaic medallions. On the smallest mosaic medallion, add only one ring where the clasp parts will be added. Bake all mosaics medallions for the full time recommended for this clay thickness and allow them to cool.
Refer to "Beaded Eye Pins" (page 31) to create eight connectors using 8 eye pins, 4 tanzanite and 4 light amethyst bicone beads. Open the loop of an eye pin connector and secure the hook into a mosaic ring. Secure the tanzanite beaded pins to the top row of mosaics and the light amethyst on the bottom row. Close the eye pin hooks with needle-nose pliers. Connect the toggle clasp bar to the single loop of a small clay mosaic and the clasp ring to the other small mosaic medallions with jump rings.
Fold up the side edges of the periwinkle clay bases and press them with even pressure against the mosaic edge. Trim away the excess clay by placing a craft blade against the top layer of the baked pieces. Keep the blade almost flat to avoid cutting into the tiles. Lightly smooth the bezel edges with your fingertip.
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