Cord And Clay Ink Bracelet
There are many different ways to connect clay bracelet beads. So many in fact, I dedicated my entire book Hinged Clay Bracelets to the subject! I came up with several unique ideas for connections and thought I had explored them all. And then this concept came to me. Why not use beading cord to connect clay pieces? That’s just what I’ve done with this bracelet. The clay pieces are layered allowing cord to travel through them. Round metal beads separate the clay with colors that accent the clay. The clay beads are made with relatively thin layers so I textured the top layer, which makes the very slight bump of the cord virtually invisible. If you made this bracelet with a smooth top layer, it would have to be very thick to conceal the cord line. Alcohol ink and a rubber stamp add dimension and color to the turquoise clay. I chose this diagonal shaped bead and have included a free template for it with the pdf download. You could also make this project with simple square beads using this same technique.
Before you begin, condition clay.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.
step 20 - Working across the entire row, press all the layered bead edges together.
step 23 - Allow the project to cool then buff with a Dremel or apply glaze.
step 24 - Attach jump rings to the holes in the end pieces and connect a tube clasp.
The Magenta Bracelet
The 6mm round silver beads extended this bracelet to 7.75” long.
Silver, Black and White Alcohol Ink were used.
The Textured beads were cut (on the long side) 1/8” shorter than the template and layered over solid Black Premo pieces cut to the same size as the template.
Coloring the clay is a process of building layers. Keep checking the clay after dabbing. When you feel happy with the result, drop white ink onto the tile. Dab the clay into it or touch your gloved finger into the white ink then touch the clay to add lightness to the colors. Be aware that dragging the clay through the ink will sometimes blend the colors too much while dabbing creates designs. Dragging may also result in muddy colors.
Clay Clay conditioning machine
Jewelry pliers and cutters
Jacquard Pinata alcohol inks in Sunbright Yellow, CalaBaza Orange, Blanco
Griffin #6 Brown beading cord
At Michaels Store
Tim Holtz Mushroom alcohol ink
Premo Turquoise Clay (approx. 1 oz.)
4mm copper ball beads - 16
Paisley design rubber stamp
Liquid polymer clay
Dremel buffer or Sculpey Gloss Glaze
Plastic mister bottle
Tiny hole cutter (approx. 2mm)
6mm copper jump rings – 6
Copper tube clasp (3 hole)
91% Isopropyl Alcohol