Lace Cane Earrings
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Sculpey III! -- Candy Pink, Black
- Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine
- Sculpey Super Slicer
- Sculpey Acrylic Clay Roller
- Large Circle Cutter- 1-1/4" or 1-1/2"
- Small Circle Cutter- 1/2" and 5/8"
- Two ear posts with backs
- Clear, fast dry glue
Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. 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 hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F for 15 minutes per 1/4" 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. Baking should be completed by an adult.Begin by preheating oven to 275°F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
1. Use the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #5 setting to roll out a sheet of Black clay. Use the 1-1/2" circle cutter to cut out two discs. Set these aside.
2. Roll remaining Black clay into two thick logs. Use the Clay Conditioning Machine to roll out a sheet of Candy Pink on the #3 setting. Wrap each one of the Black logs in a Candy Pink sheet. Use the Super Slicer to trim the ends.
3. Reduce each log by rolling it on your work surface. Start from the center of the log and work out. Do this until it is about 20" long. Trim the ends. Cut the rope into 2" pieces. 19 pieces total needed. Start with one 2" piece as the center. Wrap the center log with six more logs. Then wrap that with twelve more logs.
Reduce the cane to a diameter of your choice. For this earring project the cane was reduced to about 1/2" - 5/8" circumference.
4. Use the Super Slicer to cut off 1" portion from the lace cane. Flatten this piece with the Acrylic Roller to about 3/16" thick.
5. Use the Super Slicer to cut off 6 pieces from the round lace cane and six flattened lace cane pieces. On one of the Black discs, arrange three slices of the round cane and three slices of the flattened cane. Do the same arrangement on the other Black disc. Use the Super Slicer to cut another slice of the round lace cane. With the slice lying flat on work surface, cut the slice into four pie like pieces. Position the little triangles in your design wherever the design needs to be filled in.
6. Once all the pieces are in place, use the Acrylic Roller to roll over the top of both earrings to make it smooth and even. Clean up the edges of the decorated discs with the large circle cutter. Use the smaller circle cutter to make a cut out at the top part of the disc.
7. Roll the small circle scraps that were previously cut out of each disc into two balls. Gently flatten them on work surface in to a dome shape. Slice off two pieces from the round cane and press each one down over the domes. Position the domed pieces at the top of each earring, right above the smaller circle cut out.
8. Bake according to above directions. When cool, glue ear posts to the back of each clay piece.