Ebony And Ivory Clay Bracelet

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A dainty silver channel cuff bracelet is the foundation for a project that is reminiscent of an elegant black and white onyx pin I had years ago. Polymer clay pieces cut at a diagonal make the design simple to create with sharp, crisp, black and white edges. I’ve included a template with the PDF download to make the cutting easy and accurate. Silver leaf rubbed onto black clay then impressed with a texture roller, creates the slightly crackled silver effect. Combined with the bracelet’s silver channel edges, the silver leaf looks like embossed metal giving the bracelet just the right amount of faux metallic bling. Want more clay bracelet ideas? See my book Hinged Clay Bracelets on Amazon.

Before you begin, condition all clay on the number three setting of the conditioning machine. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.

Directions

step 1 - Print out the template page. Use it as a guide for cutting your clay. Cut out a strip of black and one of white as pictured on the template. Each color should measure approximately 4” x .25. Align the clay with the long edges together.

step 1 - Print out the template page. Use it as a guide for cutting your clay. Cut out a strip of black and one of white as pictured on the template. Each color should measure approximately 4” x .25. Align the clay with the long edges together.

step 2 - Place the joined strip of clay on the gray template aligning it with the left edge. Also be sure the center of the strip where the colors meet, match the center horizontal line on the template.

step 2 - Place the joined strip of clay on the gray template aligning it with the left edge. Also be sure the center of the strip where the colors meet, match the center horizontal line on the template.

step 3 - Using a blade, slice the clay on the diagonal vertical line shown on the template.

step 3 - Using a blade, slice the clay on the diagonal vertical line shown on the template.

step 4 - Continue moving the clay to the left and cutting on the diagonal line. You will have 11 black and white pieces.

step 5 - Cut another piece of black clay to measure approximately 4” x 1”. Cover the piece with a sheet of silver leaf. Burnish the leaf with your fingers to transfer the silver to the clay. Quickly strip off the sheet in one motion.

step 5 - Cut another piece of black clay to measure approximately 4” x 1”. Cover the piece with a sheet of silver leaf. Burnish the leaf with your fingers to transfer the silver to the clay. Quickly strip off the sheet in one motion.

step 6 - Impress the entire silver piece with a texture wheel. The design isn’t too important as long as it’s small and detailed.

step 6 - Impress the entire silver piece with a texture wheel. The design isn’t too important as long as it’s small and detailed.

 

step 7 - Cut a strip from the embossed silver to match the gray template ( 3.75” x .50”). Place it on the gray template aligned with the left edge. Cut pieces from it as you did the black and white clay in step three and four. You will have 11 silver pieces.

step 8 - Lay a sheet of deli film on top of the paper image of the bracelet. Tape both down to keep them from shifting. Align the clay pieces on the deli film matching the image. Note the blue brackets represent the ends of the metal bracelet form.

step 8 - Lay a sheet of deli film on top of the paper image of the bracelet. Tape both down to keep them from shifting. Align the clay pieces on the deli film matching the image. Note the blue brackets represent the ends of the metal bracelet form.

step 9 - Press a sheet of deli film on top of the arranged clay pieces. Very lightly pass over them with an acrylic roller which will help them stick together.

step 9 - Press a sheet of deli film on top of the arranged clay pieces. Very lightly pass over them with an acrylic roller which will help them stick together.

step 10 - Remove the tape. Flip the strip over sandwiched between the two sheets of film. Remove the top sheet. The clay will be face down on the remaining film.

step 10 - Remove the tape. Flip the strip over sandwiched between the two sheets of film. Remove the top sheet. The clay will be face down on the remaining film.

step 11 - Apply Bake and Bond to the center of the channel bracelet form.

step 11 - Apply Bake and Bond to the center of the channel bracelet form.

step 12 - Position the edge of the form glue side down on the wrong side of the clay. Using the deli film, smooth the clay to the metal after making sure the clay is centered on the form. The film will prevent fingerprints on the clay.

step 12 - Position the edge of the form glue side down on the wrong side of the clay. Using the deli film, smooth the clay to the metal after making sure the clay is centered on the form. The film will prevent fingerprints on the clay.

step 13 - Carefully peel off the film. Avoid handling the clay too much by slipping your fingers and spreading them inside the cuff to hold it. Press a blade against the inside edge of the bracelet channel on each side to remove excess clay and create even edges. Pressing the blade down is safer than dragging, which may tear the silver leaf. A crackled effect is nice but you don’t want to rip off large chunks of the silver.

step 13 - Carefully peel off the film. Avoid handling the clay too much by slipping your fingers and spreading them inside the cuff to hold it. Press a blade against the inside edge of the bracelet channel on each side to remove excess clay and create even edges. Pressing the blade down is safer than dragging, which may tear the silver leaf. A crackled effect is nice but you don’t want to rip off large chunks of the silver.

step 14 - Lay the bracelet down on a ceramic tile in a 275-degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before handling.

 step 15 – With a small brush, apply a coat of floor polish to the clay.

 

Tips

When working with both black and white clay on the same project, extra precautions have to be taken to avoid getting specks of black on white and vice versa. Clean off blades, work surfaces and other tools when changing from one color to the other. 

 Look for small stray bits of silver leaf that can stick to raw clay unintentionally.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Clay Clay conditioning machine

  • Sculpey Bake & Bond

At Michaels Store

  • Craft Smart Silver leaf sheets

  • Premo Black & White clay (approximately 1 oz. each)

  • Sculpey texture roller

  • Tissue blade

  • Acrylic Roller

  • Scotch tape

  • Small brush

At Jan’s Jewelry Supplies

Miscellaneous

  • Printer and paper

  • Future Floor Polish


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