Lace Cane Beaded Earrings

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Bring new life to your wardrobe by accenting with these beautiful lace cane earrings you can create to match any attire.

Materials (for one pair)

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Polymer Clay, 2 oz. bars: White, Transluscent, color of choice
  • Sterling silver wire, 3″ length
  • Sterling silver earring findings, two
  • Sterling silver beads, 3mm, two

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey Super Slicer Clay Blade
  • Clay-dedicated: pasta machine or acrylic brayer, baking sheet, oven thermometer
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Oven
  • Cyanoacrylate (super) glue

Basic Supplies

index card or light-colored cardstock scrap

Directions

Note

View all figure art on Lace Cane Figure Art Worksheet.

Earrings

1. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition clay. For base bead, roll two 1⁄2″ colored clay balls and shape into soft cubes (Fig.1).

2. Roll 1⁄2 bar Translucent into 3⁄4″-wide, 3″ long cylinder. Use thickest pasta machine setting to roll 1⁄2 bar White into 2″x3″ sheet. Trim 3″ end. Wrap sheet around cylinder and trim, butting White ends together (Fig.2). Gently roll cylinder with both hands, pressing lightly and “reducing” cane in diameter as it lengthens. Slowly roll, keeping cane evenly reduced along its length. When cane measures 12″, trim off ends (Fig.3), then cut into thirds (Fig.4). Stack three canes together (Fig.5) and compress into one round cane from middle toward ends, squeezing out air pockets (Fig.6). Roll into 12″ length and trim off ends; cut into thirds and compress together three more times (Fig.7). Press cane end into soft square shape to same size as base beads (Fig.8).

3. Cut tissue-thin slices from lace cane end and layer them on each side of cube-shaped base bead (Fig.9). Stretch ends of lace cane slices toward each edge of cube until they meet. When entire base bead is covered, carefully trim off thick sections; base bead should be evenly covered with lace cane slices, letting some base bead color show through. Roll beads into round shape (Fig.10).

4. Cut wire in half. Use pliers to bend zigzag in one end of each (Fig.11). Press zigzag end into bead, slightly pinching to embed wire (Fig.12).

5. Fold index card into zigzag shape; place on baking tray. Place round beads in valleys of card to prevent flat spots. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay beads. Remove from oven and immediately plunge beads into cold water to increase translucency.

6. Pull on wire to ensure it is firmly embedded in bead; if not, apply drop of cyanoacrylate glue to wire and insert into bead hole. Thread silver bead onto wire. Bend wire at 90° angle to bead hole, and use round-nose pliers to make loop. Trim excess wire and add earring finding (Fig.13).

Tips

  • Use mini cookie cutter to cut shapes from clay sheet for same-sized base beads.
  • Use brighter or darker colors for base bead since Transluscent overlay softens color underneath.

by Jenny Bezingue

 

 

4 thoughts on “Lace Cane Beaded Earrings

    • Thanks for your comments eneyrove! It’s funny, I just realized that my Easter egg photo above, has some similarities to the Polymer Clay Covered Egg that Liz Smith just recently showed on the Martha Stewart show.Hers was done on a blown out egg. Mine is solid and although it is hard to tell by the picture, my egg is much smaller than a regular chicken egg. Closer to the size of a quail egg.If you want to see Liz’ tutorial, check out marthastewart.com the video and instructions are there. The lucky audience each got and AMACO Pasta Machine and a 1lb Block of Premo from Polymer Clay Superstore which was awesome!I was very pleased to see Polymer Clay getting some notoriety on such a high profile TV show. It’s been awhile since it was a regular feature on the Carol Duvall Show on HGTV. I would love polymer clay to receive a big surge of interest again. It is such a cool medium to work with, eneyrove should know about it!

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