Leaf Pattern

1 Create the base

Roll Va cube of black clay into a smooth ball. Roll slightly into an oval, then press onto wax paper until it is Va" (6mm) thick. Punch a spiral out of white coated paper with a spiral craft punch and trace the leaf pattern around it with a pen.

2 Secure the leaf pattern to the clay

Cut out the leaf shape with scissors and press the paper design onto the center of the black clay. Roll over the paper once with an acrylic roller to make sure all the edges are flat and secured well to the clay.

3 Add the silver leaf

Cover the clay with a piece of silver leaf that is slightly larger all around than the pad of clay. Use a soft-bristled brush to smooth the leaf to the clay surface and side edges. Brush away the leaf that is over the paper. Roll the clay over once in each direction to fracture the leaf. Do not remove the paper design.

4 Color the leaf

Carefully drip Green Lime ink over the center area of the clay. Add a few dots of Sunbright Yellow to the center of the spiral leaf design. Let the ink spread out a little. Add drops of Blue Sapphire near the edges of the clay. Add extra drops of color until the surface of the leafed clay is tinted. Try not to use too much ink; use just enough to tint the leaf. The paper design will be saturated with ink, but it won't shew on the black clay.

5 Color the side edges

Saturate the pointed end of applicator with Sapphire Blue ink. Add some Lime Green ink to this same tip, and then gently apply ink to the side edges of the leafed clay.

6 Add a jump ring 1

Allow the ink to set about 5 minutes, then remove the paper design and discard. Grasp a 7mm gold oval jump ring with needle-nose pliers and insert it into the center of the bottom edge of the clay. Bake the piece as directed for this thickness of clay and allow it to cool.

7 Add glaze and the beaded pin

Apply a glass-like resin coating, following the instructions on the package, and allow the piece fc completely cure. Form a W- (6mm) spiral at ot end of a 2" (5cm) piece of 22-gauge gold wire. Thread a crystal bicone bead and then an "E" bead onto the wire. Clip the straight end of the wire to Vs" (1cm) long and form an eye loop close to the last bead. Refer to "Beaded Eye Pins" on page 31 to add the dangle. Glue a pin back nee the top edge of the back of the piece and dry flatJ

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These earrings are a made in a similar fashion, although after punching the flower out of paper, the paper frame was used instead of the flower shape itself. Cut around the flower hole leaving %xx (1 cm) all around to cover the outer black area of the clay. Earring shapes were made with a circle cutter and seed beads were added to the large round jump rings.

Actual dichroic glass has a thin film of metal (approx mately V4oth the thickness of a sheet of paper), fused to the surface of the glass, resulting in a metallic reflection that changes between two co'ors when viewed at different angles. You can replicate this look using metallic leaf that is tinted with alcohol ink. To achieve a glass-like finish on the clay, you will coat it with a two-part resin called EnviroTexLite. You can create fitted, metallic-leafed bezels, which are a type of setting, that will frame your stones with a precious metal look.

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