|A sample of the pieces, right before they are baked|
|My craft zone for steampunk jewelry projects. You can see clay, embossing powder, as well as tools (in the soup can)|
For this project, you will need:
· Sculpey (in at least one color)
· A bezel (in this case, I used a bracelet and a pocket watch)
· Little pieces of this and that (lots of watch parts- gears, clock hands, faces, watch band holders; beads, jewels, and buttons, sections of vintage pictures, etc.)
· An oven
· Embossing powders (optional)
· Needle tool (optional, but helpful)
· Needlenose pliers (optional, but helpful for small pieces)
Instructions:1. Starting with your sculpey, break off a small piece of the clay (enough to fill up your chosen bezel/holder plus a little extra).
2. Knead the clay between your fingers until it is pliable. If you got a good piece from the store, this should be an easy process. If it is brittle and dry though, add just a little bit of criso (less than a pea sized amount) and work that in until it is blended and your piece is pliable.
3. Once you have the sculpey ready, start shaping it to fit inside your bezel so that the clay covers the inside rim.
4. Gently work the clay in to your bezel until it fits and looks the way you want (either flat or rounded to the rim; the blue one is slightly rounded and green dips below the rim in the pictures below.)
|I always start with the bigger pieces first (in this case, the button and larger gears), then I add detailing and bling|
5. Next comes the fun part, decorating! I drew some pictures of how I wanted all the little pieces to fit together, but this isn’t entirely necessary. Just add what looks good and keep layering this until you have most of the bezel covered in little bits.
|On this piece, the embossing powder is the gritty, bronzy substance at the top and near the beads; it will turn gold with heat|
7. Set your oven to the recommended setting and time based on how thick your clay is and get ready to bake (I think mine needed to bake for 15 min. or so). If you put anything plastic in the clay, take it out now and glue it back in after it is all baked that way it doesn’t melt or release any noxious chemicals in the oven. Tada!
|This is a picture right before they went into the oven. I put them on a sheet of parchment paper on top of a baking sheet.|