Metal And Clay Diamond Cuff Bracelet

bracelets measures approximately 1.25" wide

bracelets measures approximately 1.25" wide

Pairing up clay with shiny metal can result in interesting jewelry like this concave silver metal and clay cuff bracelet. I mixed silver leaf foil with the Pomegranate and Black clay to add more metallic flecked accents. The template design and Silhouette cut file for this project are included with the pdf download. You'll find the instructions below designated for Silhouette Curio (SC) users and craft knife (CK) users. Instructions without initials apply to both crafters. 

Have a special design in mind? Apply it to this bracelet by using my template as a size guide. Drop in your own design and have fun.

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 - CK - Download and print out the template for the bracelet onto card stock. SC - A separate pdf download contains a cut file for the Silhouette Curio.

step 1 - CK - Download and print out the template for the bracelet onto card stock. SC - A separate pdf download contains a cut file for the Silhouette Curio.

step 2 - Roll out Pomegranate clay on #2 setting of the conditioning machine. Create a 7” x 1.50 sheet.  Do the same for the black and translucent clay but roll out these two on #6. Transfer silver leaf foil onto the translucent clay according to package instructions.

step 2 - Roll out Pomegranate clay on #2 setting of the conditioning machine. Create a 7” x 1.50 sheet.  Do the same for the black and translucent clay but roll out these two on #6. Transfer silver leaf foil onto the translucent clay according to package instructions.

step 3 - Roll each rectangle into a tube. Roll the foiled clay silver side out.

step 3 - Roll each rectangle into a tube. Roll the foiled clay silver side out.

step 4 - Twist the tubes together.

step 4 - Twist the tubes together.

step 5 - Fold them in half.

step 5 - Fold them in half.

step 6 - Flatten the clay with an acrylic roller.

step 6 - Flatten the clay with an acrylic roller.

step 7 - Run the clay through the conditioning machine on #3 setting.

step 7 - Run the clay through the conditioning machine on #3 setting.

step 8 - Continue to fold and feed the clay it into the machine until you like the way the colors are blended. The silver flecks will appear as the clay thins out. You will get varied blends by feeding the clay into the machine vertically and horizontally.

step 8 - Continue to fold and feed the clay it into the machine until you like the way the colors are blended. The silver flecks will appear as the clay thins out. You will get varied blends by feeding the clay into the machine vertically and horizontally.

step 9 - SC - Place the clay on the shiny side of freezer paper and position it on the cutting mat. Keep in mind, the side against the paper will be the right side of the bracelet when you’re finished so be sure it has the color blends you like. Remove the cap from the deep cut blade. Turn the blade to the blue #10 mark. Set the blade into the machine. Cut settings are as follows:  Blade 10, 4 platforms, speed 3, thickness 20. If you don’t already have "Clay" set up as a material type, add it to the menu using these settings for future use. You can also use the “Thick Fabric” selection in the menu. Send the project to the Curio to cut the clay.

step 9 - SC - Place the clay on the shiny side of freezer paper and position it on the cutting mat. Keep in mind, the side against the paper will be the right side of the bracelet when you’re finished so be sure it has the color blends you like. Remove the cap from the deep cut blade. Turn the blade to the blue #10 mark. Set the blade into the machine. Cut settings are as follows:  Blade 10, 4 platforms, speed 3, thickness 20. If you don’t already have "Clay" set up as a material type, add it to the menu using these settings for future use. You can also use the “Thick Fabric” selection in the menu. Send the project to the Curio to cut the clay.

step 10 - CK - Cut out the diamond shapes and the bracelet outline. Use the card stock as a stencil and cut out the clay.

step 11 - Cover the clay with deli film.

step 11 - Cover the clay with deli film.

step 12 - SC - Flip the clay over. Remove the freezer paper and replace it with another sheet of deli film. Flip the clay over again and remove the deli film covering this side. Drape the film-backed clay over your hand. With your finger, push up on the film to release cut pieces.

step 12 - SC - Flip the clay over. Remove the freezer paper and replace it with another sheet of deli film. Flip the clay over again and remove the deli film covering this side. Drape the film-backed clay over your hand. With your finger, push up on the film to release cut pieces.

step 13 - Lay the clay flat on the work surface film side down.

step 13 - Lay the clay flat on the work surface film side down.

step 14 - Mark the center of the metal cuff (3” from the ends) with a Sharpie. Center the metal cuff over the clay design.

step 14 - Mark the center of the metal cuff (3” from the ends) with a Sharpie. Center the metal cuff over the clay design.

step 15 - Use the film to wrap the clay onto the cuff, first one side then the other. Press lightly to the metal then remove the film. Adjust the clay if necessary.

step 15 - Use the film to wrap the clay onto the cuff, first one side then the other. Press lightly to the metal then remove the film. Adjust the clay if necessary.

step 16 - Run a tissue blade flat along the metal cuff edges to trim away excess clay.

step 16 - Run a tissue blade flat along the metal cuff edges to trim away excess clay.

step 17 - Bake the bracelet in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes.

step 18 - Drop the project in cold water to allow it to cool. The cold water will give extra shine to the finished piece.

step 19 - Sand the surface with 600 then 1000 grit paper under running water then buff the clay with a soft cloth or a buffing machine.

step 20 - While the clay adheres well to the metal, over time it could separate with wear. One option for handling this is to pry the clay off the cuff with the point of a craft knife.  Run it gently along all the edges. The clay will separate easily. Apply E6000 or other jewelry adhesive to the wrong side of the clay and place it back on the metal cuff.

step 20 - While the clay adheres well to the metal, over time it could separate with wear. One option for handling this is to pry the clay off the cuff with the point of a craft knife.  Run it gently along all the edges. The clay will separate easily. Apply E6000 or other jewelry adhesive to the wrong side of the clay and place it back on the metal cuff.



Supplies

At Amazon

  • clay conditioning machine
  • Premo Pomegranate, Black, and Translucent clay
  • tissue blade
  • Silhouette Curio Machine or craft knife
  • silver leaf foil

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Miscellaneous

  • card stock
  • deli film
  • acrylic roller
  • E6000
  • 600 & 1000 grit sand paper
  • freezer paper
  • Sharpie

 


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