Metallic Accent Cuff Bracelet
Adding metal accents to this colorful cuff gives this bracelet a flashy look with lots of contrast. Shape the clay around a metal bracelet form using my favorite technique for creating a profile that rivals store-bought bracelets. Because the middle of the bracelet is thick it holds its shape when the form is removed after baking. The form can be used for future projects.
This bracelet is made up of a thick one color base and a paper thin layer covering it. The thin layer is made of several colors of your choosing. I used turnip, poppy seed black, igloo white and translucent combined with silver leaf. (See the note at the bottom of the page on how to apply silver leaf.) Blending the turnip clay with white and black results in a beautiful bracelet with shades of pink, red, fuchsia, and deep reddish blacks, all sprinkled with silver.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1, the thinnest is 9.
Before you begin, condition each clay color. All cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily lift off the work when necessary.
step 9 - Once you've arranged the pieces, smooth the canes over the edges of the form. Cover it with plastic wrap and gently rub overlapping cane edges to blend them. Rub only in one direction.
step 11 - Bake the bracelet on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 30 minutes in an oven set to 275 degrees. Allow the clay to cool completely before handling.
step 12 - Pry the end of a knitting needle or other tool between the clay and bracelet form to separate them.
step 13 - The edges of the bracelet may feel sharp. This is easy to remedy with simple sanding. Use a 400 grit wet/dry sand paper to smooth the edges. This isn't a major job and doesn't require a lot of pressure. Just run the sand paper along the edges making sure the clay and sandpaper are thoroughly wet.
step 14 - Finish the surface of the bracelet by sanding in the same way. Start with 400 grit and work up to 1000 grit to produce a really smooth buffed finish.
step 15 - If you prefer a glossy finish apply Sculpey glaze to the surface of the bracelet with a brush.
There are various products and techniques for applying Silver Leaf. My preference is Speedball Simple Leaf. These are silver coated sheets. The product can be used on many surfaces and the directions on the package are not for clay. For this project, adhere the silver leaf to translucent clay which will produce good visibility. Roll the clay very thin and lay it on a sheet of silver leaf. Run an acrylic roller across it to transfer the silver to the clay. Peel the clay off the sheet. On your work surface, roll the clay with your hands to create a tube with the silver on the outside of the roll. Group it with your other colors in your cane to create metallic silver effects throughout your bracelet surface.
NOTE: I used clay colors I had on hand which were Sculpey Souffle colors. You can substitute Sculpey Premo colors for the white and black in this project to achieve the colors in this bracelet.
- 1/2 oz. of each minor color ( igloo, poppy seed, translucent), and 1 oz. of (turnip) your predominant color clay
- Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
- Sculpey Super Slicer blade
- Sculpey Gloss Glaze
- bracelet form
- silver leaf
- Plastic wrap
- small brush
- parchment paper
- small knitting needle