Jasper Stone Faux Metal Bracelet

Bracelet measures .75” wide

Bracelet measures .75” wide

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It’s hard to deny the beauty of Turquoise Jasper stone especially when it’s coupled with antique gold. The bracelet blank for this project is brass covered with of all things, copper clay! The magic transformation comes about when Heirloom Gold Mica powder is applied to the clay before baking. I recently created a pendant to wear with a new summer shirt, which used the same techniques as in the bracelet. The shirt was made with fabric given to me by a good friend. Since I had an extra Jasper Stone, the bracelet seemed like the ideal way to use it. Some clay projects can be quite labor intensive. This one only requires cutting, texturing and arranging the cut clay pieces on the brass bracelet blank. 

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.

Directions

step 1 - Roll out one ounce of clay on the number two setting of the conditioning machine. Using a stiff brush, drag across the clay horizontally. I chose a mascara brush. The brush will create a lined texture in the finished piece. Cut the textured clay to measure 6.50” x 7/8”.

step 1 - Roll out one ounce of clay on the number two setting of the conditioning machine. Using a stiff brush, drag across the clay horizontally. I chose a mascara brush. The brush will create a lined texture in the finished piece. Cut the textured clay to measure 6.50” x 7/8”.

step 2 - Apply Bake & Bond to the metal bracelet blank.

step 2 - Apply Bake & Bond to the metal bracelet blank.

step 3 - Center the clay on the blank and press them together. There should be a slight overhang of clay on each side of the blank.

step 3 - Center the clay on the blank and press them together. There should be a slight overhang of clay on each side of the blank.

step 4 - All of work from here forward should be done with an attempt to handle the textured surface as little as possible. To achieve this, hold your fingers inside the bracelet (as in photo 2) for handling. With an index finger pull the edge of the clay toward the inside of the blank working all around the rim of the bracelet. This will create a slightly rounded edge on both sides of the blank. Cut excess clay from the bracelet ends and use your finger to pull the clay over the edge.

step 4 - All of work from here forward should be done with an attempt to handle the textured surface as little as possible. To achieve this, hold your fingers inside the bracelet (as in photo 2) for handling. With an index finger pull the edge of the clay toward the inside of the blank working all around the rim of the bracelet. This will create a slightly rounded edge on both sides of the blank. Cut excess clay from the bracelet ends and use your finger to pull the clay over the edge.

step 5 - A coffee mug is a convenient place to hang the bracelet and work the following steps.

step 5 - A coffee mug is a convenient place to hang the bracelet and work the following steps.

step 6 - Apply Bake & Bond to one flat side of the Jasper stone and stick it to the center of the bracelet. Cut excess clay into 1/8” strips. Add a strip to one side of the bracelet beginning at the stone and extending down the center to the end of the bracelet. Repeat with a strip on the other side. Trim and turn the ends to the back side of the blank, applying a dot of Bake & Bond to adhere them to the metal.

step 6 - Apply Bake & Bond to one flat side of the Jasper stone and stick it to the center of the bracelet. Cut excess clay into 1/8” strips. Add a strip to one side of the bracelet beginning at the stone and extending down the center to the end of the bracelet. Repeat with a strip on the other side. Trim and turn the ends to the back side of the blank, applying a dot of Bake & Bond to adhere them to the metal.

 
 
step 7 - Apply Bake & Bond to one side of another strip and wrap it around the stone with the adhesive facing the gem. Starting on one side of the stone, wrap the strip, and bring the other end to meet the first. Cut away excess. Gently blend the seam in the clay ends.

step 7 - Apply Bake & Bond to one side of another strip and wrap it around the stone with the adhesive facing the gem. Starting on one side of the stone, wrap the strip, and bring the other end to meet the first. Cut away excess. Gently blend the seam in the clay ends.

step 8 - Align three strips one above the other then cut them to measure .75” wide.

step 8 - Align three strips one above the other then cut them to measure .75” wide.

step 9 - Arrange the strips on the side of the wrapped stone, covering the single strip that runs along the side of the bracelet. Repeat with .75” strips on the other side of the stone. Press down the strip edges lightly.

step 9 - Arrange the strips on the side of the wrapped stone, covering the single strip that runs along the side of the bracelet. Repeat with .75” strips on the other side of the stone. Press down the strip edges lightly.

step 10 - With a brush, apply mica powder to all the clay and all edges.

step 10 - With a brush, apply mica powder to all the clay and all edges.

step 11 - Bake the clay hanging from the coffee mug in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes.

step 12 - After the clay has cooled, brush it with Future Floor Polish for a bright and protective shine.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Clay Clay conditioning machine

  • Ranger Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mica Powder

  • Bake & Bond Advesive

At Michaels Store

  • Turquoise Jasper Stone bead 1” x .75”

  • Premo Copper clay (approx. 1 oz.)

  • Small brush

  • Tissue blade

  • Bake & Bond Adhesive

Jan’s Jewelry Suppllies

Miscellaneous

  • Coffee mug

  • Stiff brush

  • Tile work surface

  • Future Floor Polish


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