simple and fun poly clay bracelet
I took a class this weekend making the cutest bracelets from poly clay. It was so much fun and so easy that I decided to do this project with my niece & nephew for our Secret Santa crafting day.
You need a bracelet blank from the craft store (or online), pearl white clay, artist chalks/chalk pastels, Pearl-ex, rubber stamps, & a permanent ink like Staz-on or Brilliance that will dry quickly and not smear, knife, glue & spray sealer.
We used pearl white Sculpey III and rolled 1/2 pack out to the thickness of a nickel (I think a #2 or 3 setting depending on your pasta machine). If you roll by hand, it is a bit thicker than pie dough.
Then we used artists chalks to color the raw clay. You can do random splotches of color or do thin diagonal stripes like a rainbow, blending the colors into each other. I used cotton swabs to apply the color, staying away from the dark chalks and keeping the colors bright. We then applied some assorted pearl-ex powders to give an irridescent sheen.
Then we used a rubber stamp with black Staz-on ink to stamp a mosaic collage stamp on the chalked clay. I pressed hard enough to make a slight impression in the clay.
Whatever stamp or stamps you choose, keep that in mind that your bracelet tiles will be 3/8" to 1/2" square, so pick stamps with smaller imagery that will show in the tile. Each bracelet comes with 11 links so you will need 11 tiles. Use a craft knife, tissue blade, or small Kemper cutter to cut your tiles.
I got enough tiles from 1/2 pack to do 4 bracelets, but you can also use the extra tiles or scrap clay for necklaces,pins or earring dangles.
The tiles were placed on card stock or mat board and baked in a preheated toaster oven at 225 for 20 minutes.
When the tiles cool, a coating of Krylon gloss spray gives them a nice shine
We used E6000 to attach the tiles to the bracelet.
If you do not have colored chalk you can get a nice effect just by making a deeper impression in the clay with your stamp (it does not even have to be inked- you can just dust it with powder or pearlex), and then highlighting the raised areas with coordinating pear-lex or even ultra-fine glitter. The red sculpey clay with gold flecks in it looks great with gold pearl-ex. Copper sculpey looks nice with jade green/gold or red/gold pearl-ex.
Here is a link that might be useful: stamped clay bracelet