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 30 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 complete by an adult.
Preheat 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 dedicated pasta 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. Make a sheet of Poppyseed and a sheet of Igloo clay using the pasta machine on a #2 setting, the sheets should be 2” wide. Stack the Poppyseed strip on top of the Igloo strip. Gently roll the two layers together with the acrylic roller to get rid of any air trapped between the sheets. Cut the strip in half cross-wise and stack again making sure to keep the Poppyseed and Igloo alternating. Repeat this until yielding a stack that has 8 sets of Poppyseed and Igloo stripes and that the stack is still 2” wide and about 1-1/2” deep. Use the comb tool to drag lines across the top of the stack running the 2” length of the “face” of the stack. This will give a guide for cutting even slices. Use the Super Slicer blade to cut several slices from the stack.
2. Condition the So 80’s clay and roll out a sheet on the #6 setting of the pasta machine. Place the sheet on the work surface. Pick up a slice from the Poppyseed and Igloo stack and lay it on top of the sheet of So 80’s. Pick up another slice and lay it down so it is butted up against the first slice that was put down; be sure that the stripes are still alternating correctly. Repeat this until there are a band of stripes that is about 3-1/2” across. Once there is a 3-1/2” band of stripes laid out, use the acrylic roller to smooth them down by rolling up the length of the stripes. Trim away the excess So 80’sclay and lift the striped strip off of the work surface. Make sure the pasta machine is set on the #1 setting and position the strip of clay so that the lines of the stripes are perpendicular to the rollers. Roll the sheet through once and place it back onto the work surface. Cut two 1-1/2” circles of clay from the sheet.
3. Pick up one of the 1-1/2” striped circles and lay it out on the work surface so the stripes are running on a diagonal. Pick up the mini heart shaped cutter and cut out the heart; just be sure to cut out the heart at least 1/2” in from the outside edge of the circle; set the heart shaped piece that got cut out to the side, it will be used later. To make the earrings a mirror image, there will need to be stripes running on a diagonal line in the opposite direction and the heart cutout on the other side of the circle. For example: if the first piece has the stripes running on a diagonal from the lower left to the upper right and the heart cut-out is on the outside left, the other piece will have the stripes running diagonally from the lower right to the upper left and the heart cut-out will be on the outside right.
4. To make the mirror image, follow these steps: Pick up the circle that the heart was just cut out of. Place it face down on the other circle making sure that the stripes line up over each other around the rim of the circles: meaning Poppyseed over Poppyseed and Igloo over Igloo. Place the two circles on the work surface and pick up the needle tool. Position it so the point is facing down through the heart shaped hole. Use the tip of the needle tool to gently make a finely dotted line that traces the inside of the heart cut out onto the surface of the bottom circle. This faint dotted line will be the guide for cutting out the heart on the second circle. Lift away the top circle and place the heart cutter over the dotted line and cut the heart out; set this heart shaped cut out to the side as was done earlier. Place both circles onto the Hollow Bead maker. Make sure the circles are pressed down firmly and that the edges are pressed down on the form. Bake the circles on the Hollow Bead maker for 20 minutes at 275 F and allow to cool completely.
5. Roll a sheet of So 80’s clay on a #4 setting on the pasta machine. Spread a thin layer of Bake n’Bond on the underside of the striped dome made in Step 3. Press the sheet of So 80’s clay into the underside of the dome and use the Super Slicer blade to trim the clay around the edge of the dome. Repeat this process with the second dome, bake for 10 minutes at 275 F and allow to cool completely.
6. Cut a 1-1/2” length of the black coated craft wire. Bend the wire in half over the small end of the round nose pliers. Use the round nose pliers to bend a curve at the end of wire on each side, make the curve face out to the sides. Make a mark on the underside of the dome at an outer edge to indicate where the earring will hang from. Place the bent piece of wire against the underside of the dome in the place marked. Hold it in place firmly and bend it against the edge of the dome so that the top of the bend in the wire sits just above the edge of the dome. Remove the bent wire piece. Pick up one of the cut out heart pieces that was created in Step 3, place the bent wire back onto the underside of the dome, add a drop of Bake n’ Bond over the wire, and press the heart piece over the wire. Make sure to press the heart down firmly so the wire is sandwiched between the back of the dome and the heart shaped piece of clay. Repeat this process on the second dome. Bake both pieces for 15 minutes at 275 F and allow to cool completely.
7. Once the pieces have cooled completely, attach the ear-wires into the open bend of the black wire.