Antique Floral Cuff Bracelet

ornament measures 4" x 3"
 

Need a bracelet to wear tonight? This interesting cuff can be made in less than two hours. The sturdy clay holds its shape, yet is flexible enough to slip on the wrist. The stencil used for the floral impression is described and pictured below. The finished cuff measures 1.5” wide. Make the cuff slightly smaller than you need as the clay will give slightly with wear.

Directions

step 1 - Condition the clay by kneading it until it is soft and pliable.  Cover the work surface and the clay with wax paper.  Using a roller, flatten the clay to measure 1.5” wide and slightly longer than the size of your wrist.  The thickness of the clay should be no less than 1/8 inch.

step 1 - Condition the clay by kneading it until it is soft and pliable.  Cover the work surface and the clay with wax paper.  Using a roller, flatten the clay to measure 1.5” wide and slightly longer than the size of your wrist.  The thickness of the clay should be no less than 1/8 inch.

step 2 - Place the leaf stencil on top of the clay and roll across it until a good impression is made.  Remove the stencil.

step 2 - Place the leaf stencil on top of the clay and roll across it until a good impression is made.  Remove the stencil.

step 3 - Use a tissue blade or the sharp edge of a metal ruler to make a clean slice into the long edges, cutting away excess and leaving a 1.5” strip.

step 3 - Use a tissue blade or the sharp edge of a metal ruler to make a clean slice into the long edges, cutting away excess and leaving a 1.5” strip.


step 4 - To cut straight ends, align a craft stick up against the end of the ruler and press down to make a slight impression.  Remove the stick and use a craft knife to cut along the line. 

step 4 - To cut straight ends, align a craft stick up against the end of the ruler and press down to make a slight impression.  Remove the stick and use a craft knife to cut along the line. 

 
step 5 - The final length of the cut clay should be the measurement of your wrist minus .75”.  

step 5 - The final length of the cut clay should be the measurement of your wrist minus .75”.  

step 6 - Wrap the clay around an appropriate size metal cookie cutter.  Ideally, when the clay is wrapped, there should be a space between the two ends of about .75”.  The size cookie cutter to use will be determined by your wrist size.  Bake the clay on a parchment covered baking sheet in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Let cool completely before separating the clay from the cookie cutter.  A finger nail file or sanding paper will easily smooth out any rough clay edges.

step 6 - Wrap the clay around an appropriate size metal cookie cutter.  Ideally, when the clay is wrapped, there should be a space between the two ends of about .75”.  The size cookie cutter to use will be determined by your wrist size.  Bake the clay on a parchment covered baking sheet in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Let cool completely before separating the clay from the cookie cutter.  A finger nail file or sanding paper will easily smooth out any rough clay edges.

step 7 -

step 7 - Paint the clay.  I like airbrushing because it’s easy, dries super fast and goes on in a light coat.  A brush can also be used.  Just be sure the paint is dry on one side of the cuff before painting the other.  When all the blue paint is dry, add a bit of water to the black paint.  Apply the paint with a brush.  Work quickly with a cloth and light touch to wipe away surface paint, leaving black color in all the impressions.  If you have too much black in some areas, you can remove it with a damp brush.

 

NOTE: Aluminum foil will create a shine on clay surfaces during baking.  To avoid this, bake projects on parchment paper.


Supplies

From Michaels

  • Sculpey Ultralight Clay
  • Americana Jacobean Floral stencil  
  • craft knife

From Testors.com

  • 9487 Sky Blue Paint
  • 9441 Aztek Black Paint

Misc.

  • Cookie Cutters
  • Wax Paper
  • Metal Ruler or Tissue Blade
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Paint Brush
  • Wipe cloth

 

 

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