Materials

Many simple shapes can be easily formed with metal clay. By using various textures you can change the look of one shape, a circle for this project, into many styles. This charm bracelet gives the illusion of many metal parts, but in fact, there are only 4 metal clay pieces to form (5 if you count cutting one ball in half). The other silver areas of beads and charms are actually silver leafing. The two mediums blend so well together, that people often think that my leafed bezels, beads and

Polymer clay: Red Pearl, Cadm>j Yellow and White

20gm silver pmc3 (metal clay)

Basic metal clay materials anc; *: (see page 27)

Silver leaf sheet

Pattern Cutter set; you will use sizes 3/i6M (5mm), 5/\t (8mm),: (11mm), 7/.6m( 12mm) and W (1 3mm)

}/6n (2mm) and ffl (3mm) diamej small plastic stir straws

9 silver 2n (5cm) long silver head

4 silver 5mm round jump rings

2 textured silver 7mm small hole beads

1 silver 4mm small hole bead

Quick-dry cyanoacrylate glue

Double-ended small-ball and medium-ball stylus xh teaspoon (2mL) plastic half-dc measuring spoon

Soft, round paintbrush

Small sharp-pointed scissors

Needle-nose pliers with cutting c

Round-nose pliers

1 Cut out three charms

Roll 0 small ball of metal clay on a non-stick sheet, to the thickness of three playing cards and immediately cut out a Vq" (1 1 mm) and a 7/i6n (12mm) circle with pattern cutters. Cut a 5/i6M (8mm) circle (which will become a separate charm) from the center of the 7/\t" (12mm) circle. Cut one Ve" (3mm) circle using the straw.

2 Form a ball and add a bail to the donut

Lift the scrap clay from around the shapes and form a Ve" (1cm) diameter ball. Wrap any extra clay in plastic wrap and place back into the original airtight container. Lift the V4n (3mm) circle, moisten the backside and press it onto the open ring charm to use as a bail. Using the straw, imprint circles onto one half of the ball.

3 Texture remaining half of ball

Turn the ball over. Using a medium-ball stylus, impress dots onto the remaining smooth area of the ball.

4 Cut the ball in half

To create two half-circle cabochons from the ball of textured clay, you'll need to cut the ball in half. Using a slicing blade, gently cut through the ball's center. Allow the ball to rotate while pressing down with the blade to avoid distorting the shape.

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5 Add texture and holes to charms

Pierce a '/id" (2mm) hole near an edge of the 3/s" (lcm) circle with a small-ball stylus tip and shape the circle onto the dome-shaped measuring sp< Scratch diagonal lines into the 5/i6n (8mm) circle with the smallest stylus tip and pierce a '/i6n (2i hole near the edge with the larger end of the sar stylus. Press the stylus all over the ring-style chai randomly to add texture and then pierce a V\t" (2mm) hole in the bail area. Allow the pieces to air dry completely.

6 Form a color blend and one ball

While your metal clay accents are drying, form a "Skinner Color Blend" as directed on page 2^ using cadmium yellow and red pearl clay. Cut off a strip of clay lengthwise with a slicing blade Slice a ]A" (6mm) strip off the end of the yellow side of the blended sheet. Pinch a tiny amount red clay from the opposite corner of the strip ar thoroughly mix these two colors together. Form 7/i6n (12mm) size ball using this new yellow-gold blended color. Set aside for step 8.

7 Cut out mini dots

Roll the color-blended strip from step 6 to Vu>" (2mm) thick (third thickest pasta machine setting; Make sure the clay is flat and well secured to a baking tile. Using a Vi*n (2mm) diameter straw, cut out several mini-circles from the yellow to red-orange sections. If clay get stuck inside the str< instead of trying to squeeze it out, simply cut off the straw's tip with scissors. Remove the excess clay strip from around the dots and save it to be used in step 10.

8 Add day dots

Secure several dots, spacing them approximately VW" (2mm) apart, alternating colors in various positions until the entire ball of yellow-gold clay is covered. Gently roll the ball between the palms of your hands. Do not press them down too hard so that they remain dimensional on the final bead. This will add texture and interest to the bracelet design.

9 Cut and secure small dots

Cut off a small yellow to red-orange strip from the color blend. Do not roll this strip thinner. Using the V\6U (5mm) pattern cutter, cut several dots and save the sheet of clay. Form a 3/s" (1 cm) ball of white clay. Cover the ball with silver leaf until no white is showing, tapping down the silver leaf with a soft round paintbrush. To remove any loose, silver-leaf particles, hold the ball with one hand, brush vigorously with the soft brush while blowing strongly on the clay ball. Secure the dots to the clay ball firmly but do not flatten them.

10 Form two additional balls

Form a V2" (13mm) ball of white clay. Cover the ball with silver leaf and remove excess loose particles as in the previous step. Wrap the holey sheet of clay from step 9 over the silver ball (at left). Cut away excess clay with small pointed scissors. Gently roll the ball between your palms to smooth the shape. Next, wad up the holey sheet of clay from step 7 (center o: photo), place a piece of silver leaf onto the surface and knead the ball together to marble it and to fracture the leaf into tiny specks. Allow the ball to cool from the warmth of your hands for 2-3 minutes and then cut it in half with a slicing blade (at right in photo).

11 Form remaining day charms

Flatten another strip of the color blend to W (2mm) thick (third thickest pasta setting). Cut 1 red and 1 orange (12mm) circles, 2 red and 2 yellow-orange V\6U (8mm) circles and 1 orange and 4 red-orange 3/it" (5mm) circles (save outer scraps of these smallest red-orange circles). Note: you will not use the 3 extra V\6U (5mm) circles, only the sheet of c that surrounded them. Press together 1 orange and 1 red-orange circle | Press a 5/i6:l (8mm) yellow-orange and 5/i6" (8mm) red circle on either sic of the 7/\6n (12mm) orange circle (B). Flatten some scrap clay with silver leaf to V$* (3mm) thick (thickest pasta setting), then secure 2 square pi of the red-orange holey sheet to the surface (C) and cut two 14" (13mm) circles (D). Form a !4" (6mm) red ball (E).

13 Torch-fire and burnish the metal clay pieces

Follow the instructions on pages 28-29 to turn your pieces into beautiful fine silver. You may fire both of the cabochons together at the same time, as they are similar in size and weight; fire the three flatter charms in a separate cycle.

14 Add headpins; pierce holes and bake

Press a headpin into all head is against the bead. The pins will then needed, but wcit until after they---------

clip them shorter. Place a dot of quick-dry cyano-acrylate glue on boh sides of bead A (see step 11 photo) and firmly press the metal clay bead halves onto the sides. Pierce a V32" (1mm) hole near the edge in the middle clay layer of bead B with small-ball stylus. Bake all pieces on an index card or cardstock for the full-recommended time for the thickest bead. Metal clay is fine in a home oven.

15 Form jewelry pin loops and attach charms

Clip each headpin with wire cutters so that there is a (1cm) long crea beyond the bead. Follow the instructions on page 31 to add a loop to each headpin. Open the jump rings and eye pin loops and secure all beads and charms to the bracelet links, as shown in the diagram.

12 Sand the metal clay pieces

When your metal clay pieces are bone dry, gently sand any rough edges with a nail file at this point. Taking a few minutes to clean up your pieces at this stage will make your final silver charms look

Mosaic Collage Bracelet

Mosaic Collage Bracelet

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