Sculpey Soufflé Mohave Stick NecklaceBack to category
Sculpey Soufflé Mohave Stick Necklace
Unique necklaces are sure to get a lot of attention!
- Time:3 hours
1Project time does not include the time it will take for clay to bake or cool.
Download and print the project template for instructions on how to create the Skinner Blend described in step 4 (if needed).
2Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry well. Using wax paper, knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between each of the colors of this project.
3Preheat oven to 275°F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Clay should be baked on an oven-proof glass or metal baking sheet at the 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4 inch of thickness.
Dark Teal = 5 parts Jade, 2 parts Igloo, 1 part Cowboy, 10 parts Lagoon
Light Teal = 1 part Sea Glass, 1 part Igloo
Dark Orange = 1 part Pumpkin, 1 part Jade
Coffee = 1 part Pumpkin, 1 part Sea Glass
Pale Green = 5 parts Pistachio, 2 parts Igloo, 1 part Cowboy
5After mixing colors, run the Dark Teal and Light Teal together through the clay conditioning machine on the #1 setting to create one two-color strip. Make sure to run the other three colors through on the thickest setting as well, and then trim all five into 1-1/2 inch x 3 inch strips. Set them side-by-side on deli paper alternating light with dark colors, and swap the strips around until satisfied with the color order.
6Place the first two strips together and run through the clay conditioning machine lengthwise on the #1 setting. Do the same with the third & fourth strips to end up with two long strips of two colors each. Don't worry if the strips are not sized identically, as they can be trimmed later in the process. Stack the two strips together and run one last time through the clay conditioning machine on the #1 setting. This will create one very long strip containing all four of the colors that should be cut into two equal pieces. Cut this long strip in half and align one of the cut pieces on top of the other. Cut and align the pieces on top of each other one last time, so that each color is represented four times in the full stack.
7Roll the acrylic roller over the color stack to the work surface and ensure it has adhered firmly. Spritz the stack with water prior to imprinting. Push imprint tools firmly into the clay but not so hard that the pattern is distorted, and keep in mind that designs can always be re-imprinted during slicing if the pattern is shallow. Half the fun is finding unusual tools that can be used to create an imprint!8Hold a craft knife in both hands parallel to the work surface, and position the cutting edge just below the top of the stack. Begin slicing from back to front of the stack, maintaining the parallel orientation of the blade to the clay. As each slice is removed, place it gently on a piece of deli paper. Strive to keep each slice consistent in height - neither paper thin nor super thick. Also remember that you can "re-imprint" your pattern at any time as you are slicing. Note: If you encounter too much drag as you begin to slice, add scrap clay to both ends of the stack. This will help to minimize distortion in the patterned clay.9Choose one of the slices and overlay it on a thicker piece of backing clay and gently roll with the acrylic roller to adhere. Use the craft knife to cut out the irregular shapes for the necklace. Repeat until all beads are cut and shaped. Make sure you pierce each bead with the needle tool.
10Bake according to the directions above. When cooled, use wet/dry sandpaper to smooth the beads, then polish using a soft piece of cotton. String the beads.