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Metal Clay Ankle Bracelet

Create this very cool adjustable ankle bracelet by combining metal clay, raku beads and leather cord.


MATERIALS:

  • PMC+, PMC3 or Art Clay 650 metal clay
  • PMC3 or Art Clay 650 Metal Clay Paste
  • HattieS® Embossed Effects™ texture mat (JS2)
  • HattieS® Tool Kit
  • Deck of playing cards
  • HattieS® No Stick
  • Speedfire™ Cone
  • 2 16” lengths of 2mm leather cord (craft store)
  • 2 raku tube beads (craft store)
  • Drinking straw

Step 1
Cut drinking straw into three 2” lengths.

Step 2
Apply HattieS® No Stick™ to your hands and the texture mat to prevent metal clay from sticking to them. Place 5 playing cards the outer edge of each side of a HattieS® Drying Mat (tool kit.) This will control the thickness of the clay when it is rolled out.

Step 3
Create the metal clay centerpiece. Do not open package of metal clay until you are ready to use it. Remove an amount of metal clay from the package the size of a quarter and press it into an oblong pancake shape on the drying mat. Use the roller (tool kit) to roll metal clay between the playing cards on the drying mat. This will give you a long slab of metal clay that is an even in thickness.

Step 4
Peel the slab of metal clay from the drying mat and place it on top of the texture mat design that is pictured in the finished centerpiece of the ankle bracelet. With your fingers, press the metal clay into the texture. Next run the roller over the metal clay to ensure that you get an even impression of the texture.

Step 5
Gently peel the clay off of the texture and lay the clay on the drying mat, texture side up. Trim the perimeter of the texture shape using the clay blade (tool kit.)

Step 6
Pinch the end of one of the straw pieces into an oval shape. Use the straw to cut out an oval shaped hole in each end of the metal clay for the cording (see photo.) Set the piece to the side.

Step 7
Create 2 metal clay beads. Roll the metal clay into a slab in the same manner as in step 3. Press the clay slab into the same texture as before and place the textured slab on a drying mat. This time trim the slab on the inside of the design border on all 4 sides using the blade. Next trim one end of the slab with a wavy edge. (This will give the bead an interesting edge.)

Step 8
Wrap the clay slab around the second straw length so that it overlaps itself. Secure the joint with metal clay paste. Set to the side.

Step 9
Repeat steps 7 & 8 to create the second bead.

Step 10
Return unused metal clay to its package. (NOTE: It is important to keep metal clay tightly wrapped when not in use to keep it from drying out.)

Step 11
Allow the metal clay pieces to dry completely overnight on the HattieS® Drying Mats. When the metal clay is completely dry, carefully remove the straws from the beads. Next, file the edges of the dried metal clay with an emery board (tool kit).

Step 12
Fire the metal clay on a Speedfire™ Cone at 1470 degrees F for 30 minutes, cool. The metal clay will be white. This is normal for unpolished fine silver.

Step 13
Use a scratch brush (tool kit) along with warm, soapy water in a rotating motion on metal clay to polish to a soft matt finish. Rub the metal clay with burnishing tool (tool kit) to create a high polish.

Step 14
Fold one of the lengths of leather cord in half and attach the center of the cord to one end of the metal clay centerpiece using a slip knot. Repeat to attach the second length of cord to the other end of the centerpiece.

Step 15
String a raku bead onto each length of cord. Next, string both lengths of cord through both metal clay beads. Tie each of the cord ends into a knot.

Step 16
The metal clay beads will slide along the lengths of cord to make the ankle bracelet adjustable for easy on and off.

Finished Size: 1/2” h x 9” dia.

by Hattie Sanderson

Last updated on Fri, May 15, 2009 by Metal Clay Guru