Red Cuff Style Hair Clip

clip measures approx. 4.50”x 3.50”

clip measures approx. 4.50”x 3.50”

 

Gold leaf patterns adorn this elegant cuff style hair clip ready to complement any hair color and style.  Thick hair?  Thin hair?  The beauty of this clip is you can curve it as much or as little as you need.  Because you create it from easy to form clay, you can also make it any size that suits you.  A wood skewer covered in clay acts as the matching pin.

Before you begin, condition all clay colors.  Cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily rotate the work when necessary.

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

Directions

step 1 - Roll out a 6” x 4” piece of clay on #1 setting.  Use a heart cutter to shape the cuff.  Place masking tape across the heart about 1” from the bottom point.  Position a sheet of card stock between the cutter and the clay.  The card stock will prevent the cutter from making an impression. 

step 1 - Roll out a 6” x 4” piece of clay on #1 setting.  Use a heart cutter to shape the cuff.  Place masking tape across the heart about 1” from the bottom point.  Position a sheet of card stock between the cutter and the clay.  The card stock will prevent the cutter from making an impression. 

step 2 - Press down lightly on the cutter to create the heart shape on the clay to the right of the card stock. Use a craft knife to follow the impression left by the cutter. Stop at the card stock.  Remove the cutter and card stock.  Do the reverse on the other side of the clay with the tape mark at the center of the cuff.

step 2 - Press down lightly on the cutter to create the heart shape on the clay to the right of the card stock. Use a craft knife to follow the impression left by the cutter. Stop at the card stock.  Remove the cutter and card stock.  Do the reverse on the other side of the clay with the tape mark at the center of the cuff.

step 3 - Cover the cuff with plastic wrap.  With a teardrop shaped cutter, press down to cut a hole in the clay on the left side of the cuff.  Position the cutter on the right side and create an identical cut.

step 3 - Cover the cuff with plastic wrap.  With a teardrop shaped cutter, press down to cut a hole in the clay on the left side of the cuff.  Position the cutter on the right side and create an identical cut.

step 4 - Lay the silkscreen shiny side down over the clay.  Place tape on the silkscreen to mark the center of the cuff.

step 4 - Lay the silkscreen shiny side down over the clay.  Place tape on the silkscreen to mark the center of the cuff.

 
step 5 - Set down a thin line of gold paint at the top of the silkscreen.  Use the flexible plastic squeegee to drag the paint down the silkscreen.  Hold the tool at about a 35 degree angle for best results. 

step 5 - Set down a thin line of gold paint at the top of the silkscreen.  Use the flexible plastic squeegee to drag the paint down the silkscreen.  Hold the tool at about a 35 degree angle for best results. 

step 6 - When you’re sure the clay is covered, peel off the stencil and allow paint to dry.  It only takes a few minutes.  Immediately rinse the paint off the stencil and squeegee with water.  Turn the silkscreen to cover the other half of the clay.  Be sure the tape line is in the center.

step 6 - When you’re sure the clay is covered, peel off the stencil and allow paint to dry.  It only takes a few minutes.  Immediately rinse the paint off the stencil and squeegee with water.  Turn the silkscreen to cover the other half of the clay.  Be sure the tape line is in the center.

step 7 - Cut a wood skewer to measure 6.50”.  Roll out clay on the #6 setting.  Cover the skewer with the clay.  Roll it back and forth on the work surface until the seam disappears.  Use your fingers to wrap and smooth the clay around the pointy end.

step 7 - Cut a wood skewer to measure 6.50”.  Roll out clay on the #6 setting.  Cover the skewer with the clay.  Roll it back and forth on the work surface until the seam disappears.  Use your fingers to wrap and smooth the clay around the pointy end.

step 8 - Roll out a thin piece of clay on #7.  The piece should measure about 1.50” square.  Silkscreen the clay with gold paint. Allow it to dry.  Roll a bit of clay in your hands to form a ball.  Flatten it slightly.  Drape the ball with the small silkscreened piece.  Cut away excess folds of clay.  Cover the rounded shape with plastic and smooth the seams with your fingers to blend them.  Insert the blunt end of the skewer into the rounded shape.

step 8 - Roll out a thin piece of clay on #7.  The piece should measure about 1.50” square.  Silkscreen the clay with gold paint. Allow it to dry.  Roll a bit of clay in your hands to form a ball.  Flatten it slightly.  Drape the ball with the small silkscreened piece.  Cut away excess folds of clay.  Cover the rounded shape with plastic and smooth the seams with your fingers to blend them.  Insert the blunt end of the skewer into the rounded shape.

step 9 - Roll out a thin tube of clay.  Wrap it around the skewer three times beneath the round end.  Blend in the cut ends.

step 9 - Roll out a thin tube of clay.  Wrap it around the skewer three times beneath the round end.  Blend in the cut ends.

step 10 - Set the cuff over a curved object (I used a small juice glass).  Placing the cuff directly on the glass will result in a shiny underside so cover the glass tightly with batting then drape the cuff across it.  Rest the pin on another piece of batting.  Place the project on a cookie sheet in a 275 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Allow clay to cool completely.

step 11 - Paint the skewer’s wrap with a gold paint marker.

NOTE:
The Sculpey silkscreen kit includes the gold paint, multiple silkscreens and squeegee.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Clay - Cadium Red 2 oz.
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
  • Sculpey silkscreen kit
  • heart and teardrop shape cutters
  • Gold Elmer’s Painters Paint marker

Miscellaneous

  • batting
  • masking tape
  • Wax paper
  • plastic wrap
  • craft knife
  • card stock
  • juice glass
  • scissors

 

 

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