Get in the Halloween spirit with this sweet bracelet and earring set. Make one set for yourself and another for a friend!
What You'll Need
- Freezer paper
- Masking tape
- Soft polymer clay: white, yellow, orange
- Acrylic clay roller
- Knife or cutting blade
- 18-gauge uncoated floral stem wire
- Baking pan (dedicated to polymer clay use)
- Polyester fiberfill
- Gloss varnish or lacquer
- 24 inches leather lace, 1mm round
- Round-nose jewelry pliers
- Beads: frosted black pony, black E
- 2 gold wire earring hooks
- 4 gold head pins, 2 inches long each
- Lobster-style gold bracelet clasp
- 8mm gold jump ring
- 2 (coiled) gold crimp-style cord ends
- Wire cutters
Step 1: Preheat oven to 265 degrees Fahrenheit (or temperature indicated by clay manufacturer). Cover work surface with freezer paper, shiny side up. Tape in place.
Step 2: Knead 1-ounce block of white clay to condition, then roll on covered surface to create a pencil-size rope. Cut rope into 1/2-inch lengths. Pinch each 1/2-inch length between your fingers and thumbs to create triangular candy corn pieces.
Step 3: Condition yellow clay, then create a rope slightly smaller than a pencil in diameter. Roll rope flat using acrylic clay roller to create a thin strip of clay. With half of strip extending beyond wide end (base), wrap around each white triangle. Cut excess, and smooth with fingers.
Step 4: Condition orange clay, and make a rope about the diameter of a pencil lead. Wrap around candy corn pieces between white and yellow. Press flat with fingers and smooth.
Step 5: To create holes for jewelry, insert floral stem wire through sides of prepared candy corn pieces for bracelet; for earrings, beginning at narrow tip slip onto head pin. With pieces remaining on wire/pin lay onto fiberfill-lined baking tray, and bake as directed or for 25 to 30 minutes per 1/4-inch clay thickness. Let cool.
Step 6: Apply 2 to 3 coats of varnish. Let dry. Remove clay from wire and head pin.
Step 7: Slip 1mm-round lace through coiled cord end then through loop at base of lobster claw. Pull lace through 3 to 4 inches, tie a knot, then return end through coil. Crimp coil end with pliers to hold round lace in place. Tie a knot at base of coil, then begin stringing beads as follows:
Step 8: E bead, pony bead, E bead, candy corn. Repeat to create desired bracelet length. Slip on remaining coil and jump ring. Pull lightly, and tie a knot attaching bracelet to jump ring. Slip remaining lace length back through coil and crimp end. Tie a knot at base of coil, add a drop of glue to secure, then cut excess lace at both ends of bracelet to finish.
Step 9: For earrings, slip candy corn piece onto head pin. Add E bead, pony bead, then another E bead. Use jewelry pliers to bend loop at top. Cut excess, slip loop onto earring hook and crimp to close, holding candy corn decoration in place on earring.
For serving real candy, go to the next page to get patterns and instructions for making some "fiestive" plates.