Feather Clay Spring Hinge Bracelet
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Two colorful ragged edged feathers overlap each other on the front of this bracelet while a spring hinge anchors them in the back. Clear blue, white and copper become so much more when they are blended together in this yummy polymer clay project. The clay shaving technique used, creates unpredictable color designs that will surprise and please you. Choose one of the solid colors for the lining which bakes with the outer feathers, forming a sturdy piece of jewelry. The hinge makes the bracelet easy to slip on or off. Simple tools add dimensional texture and the free templates help you cut a realistic shape. This project can be completed in a couple of hours. Yes, you can do this. Fair warning: make one and you'll want to make many more!
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 2 - Condition White, Sea Glass, and Copper clay. Roll each on #1 setting of the conditioning machine. Create three sheets approximately 4.50" x 3"; one of each color.
step 24 - Bake the bracelet with the roll standing, in a 275-degree oven for 30 minutes.
The ideal way to open the bracelet is to hold it between your thumb and fingers. Press your thumb on the back, outside of the hinge and pull your fingers toward your thumb. This will force open the sides of the bracelet. Pulling at clay on the sides of the bracelet to open it may stress the clay or separate it from the hinge over time.
If the paper towel roll will result in a bracelet that is too small for your wrist, try different size mailing tubes, metal cans or other oven proof cylinders. Keep in mind, the finished bracelet will relax a great deal when you wear it, becoming looser. Cover any cylinder with parchment paper.
In step 21, don't expect the glued bracelet edges to stick to the hinge while it lays flat. When you wrap one side around the roll then the other, you will see that everything hugs the roll the way it should and the hinge gets tucked into the straight edges. Also, look through the parchment paper to be sure the straight edges are aligned with the hinge.
This bracelet can be adjusted in size to make it a little looser or tighter even after is is baked. Just set it in the oven at 275 degrees for about 10 minutes, or just until warm. With oven mitts remove the bracelet from the oven, hold it to the shape you need, and run it under cold water until it has completely cooled.
Ever have a hinge bracelet that slips around on the wrist causing you to constantly turn the hinge to the back of your wrist where it belongs? I mentioned this in step 17 but it bears repeating - A slightly oval bracelet shape will fit more comfortably on the wrist than a perfect circle. In addition, the oval shape will guarantee the hinge is always on the center back because the bracelet can't spin around.
- Clay conditioning machine
- Liquid Polymer
- Premo Clay - White, Souffle Sea Glass, Copper
- Tissue blades
- Clay sculpting tools
- Acrylic roller
- Craft knife and card stock
- Small paint brush
- Copper mica powder
- Rubber stamp
- 18-gauge jewelry wire
- .75" spring hinge
- Future Floor Wax
- Parchment paper
- Paper Towel roll
- credit card