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Mirrored bracelet

Design by Jana Honnerova

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Premo clay in various colours (for this project you can use colours you like, use contrasting colours. I used mix (fluorescent pink + white), white, silver and graphite pearl.

Pasta machine, Square cutter (approch 1 inch), Circle cutters, Ruller, Needle tool, Rigid knife, Sculpey liquid, Brush, Scalpel

 

Step 1

Prepare 4 sheets of clay  on medium settings – contrasting colours. If your clay is sticky, leave it rest between office papers about 5-10 min. You´ll see oily maps on paper. Prepare approx 1¼ inch square made of 2 or 4 colours – see the photo.

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Step 2

Work on a sheet of paper. Mark 1-3 lines with the same distance from the center of the square on both sides – vertical and horizontal separately. Cut out circle cutter on one side – touch the marked line. Do it symetricaly and on both sides. Exchange the cutted semi circles and gently press together. Cut also semicircles on the other mark on the same line, exchange. Cover the square with sheet of paper and and connect pieces together by smoothing the surface.

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Step 3

Turn the square by 90° and repeat step 2.Try to continue the pattern. Cover with a sheet of paper and smoothen the surface – thoroughly this time, but carefuly. Don´t press too much, the pattern may slide! Stop for a while when the clay is too warm (too soft).

When the pattern is ready, cut out a square (approx.1 inch) center the pattern. Make another 5-7 squares like this (depends on your wrist size). You can use 2 or 4 colours, you can use square cutters instead of circles etc.

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Step 4

Take a long thick sheet of clay for the bracelet base (the colour should be included in the pattern). Mark parallels with your knife – just press your knife flat to the clay, you´ll get always equal lines. Press holes on the marked lines with a needle tool – thick enough, at least 2mm. Cut out of the tile and roll on the bracelet form. Apply sculpey liquid, avoid the holes. If you put liquid in the holes, remove it with needle tool. Dont use too much liquid (as I did) – the pattern squares might slide – if it happens, let the liquid clay dry a bit before applying the pattern.

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Step 5

Take all the pattern squares and press them gently onto the bracelet base. Center the holes. If you used too much liquid, the squares might slide. Wait for a while. Put all the squares onto the base in the right position, dont press them too much on the base – the holes must stay open. Check if all the corners are sticked well onto the base.

Leave the bracelet rest untill the pieces don´t slide. Then cut outline of the pieces – cut just the base clay. You can use knife or scalpel. Remove  leftover clay. Finaly – check if everything is ok (corners sticked, holes open…) and bake the bracelet.

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Step 6

Do not undervalue finishing – sand pieces from both sides or make backing, buff if needed, choose some cool matching beads, stringe on elastic cord.

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Blended sutton slicesutton

Sutton slice technique was invented by Pete Sutton supposedly by a complete accident (as it happens) and Lisa Pavelka desribed it in her book “The Complete Book of Polymer Clay”. This technique has been known for a long time.

In my tutorial I will show you some tricks and shortcuts. That way you can do for example double blended sutton slice and do it fast and simply. In this tutorial I also want to show you the way I make my tutorials and so if you like them, you can buy some of the other paid tutorials (see links below) and support my work this way. Thank you!

I assume that you know some polymer clay basics and that’s why I won’t talk about that. I also won’t number the photos, but you will surely know which photo belongs to what text.

Love, JH.

See my other tutorials:

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And now let´s start:

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You will need a pasta machine, rigid knife, tape, technical or food plastic wrap, texture sheet, thin blended sheet of clay and medium thickmess sheet of clay (I recommend you Premo clay) both the size of the texture sheet. Suitable textures are p.e. cooltools, search for “fineline”

This texture is great for example

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Put the texture sheet along with the blended sheet and the wrap (blendedand sheet is inside of the sendwich). Roll through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. Make sure that the sheet doesn`t crumple up in the “sandwich” and that the wrap doesn`t catch on the pasta machine – slowly run through your pasta machine.  The setting may vary based on the thickness of the texture sheet; you may be able to do it on medium setting but mostly on the thickest. When you roll it through it should be bit hard, but you shouldn`t feel too much pressure. Some texture sheet may be even too thick and so be careful not to break down your pasta machine (and also Imperia pasta machines couldn´t “swallow” some thick textures at all, atlas machines can). If needed use a different texture sheet that you can run through the machine.

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On this first picture you can see the wrap starting to attach itself onto the machine, you have to stop and unattach it to run it smoothly. Ideally the entire blended sheet is rolled into the texture sheet and the wrap is tightly attached to the polymer.

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If the entire blended sheet isn`t rolled into the texture sheet, or just for good measure, run it again through your pasta machine in opposite direction. After that, gently remove the wrap.

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Cut off a little piece of the polymer to reveal the texture sheet.

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With the tape, secure the texture sheet onto your work mat – very tightly, so it doesn`t move.

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Cut off the extra clay on the sides. Now, with a rigid knife and a steady hand, cut the blended sheet from the texture sheet – in one stright cut J The knife slides on the texture sheet. Don`t worry, if you have a good quality rubber texture sheet it won`t get destroyed, but just to be sure I recommend older, little dull knife – one that you are comforable working with. Ideally, you should remove the entire blend in one continuous motion. If you don`t succeed at first, you can cut any leftovers in another try (this step needs some practice).

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In the first picture you can see the spot where I paused the motion of the knife to take the picture, then the rest is cut in one single motion.

TIP: The cut off piece of polymer will obtain the mica shift pattern if you use metallic/pearl.

TIP: You can use the cut off piece of blend for another sutton slice sheet, use the other side.

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VERY FIRMLY press the texture sheet onto the base sheet, first with your fingers then with your palm or an acrylic roller. But beware! The texture sheets are flexible and they tend to bend, so make sure it doesn`t move.

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Very carefully remove the texture sheet – watch that the entire blended clay is attached to the base sheet. If not, carefully roll the texture sheet back and press on the spot where the layers aren`t attached. It also helps if you press against the bend when you are rolling the texture sheet off.

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And voilá, here you have it, your blended sutton slice! The use is up to you!

 

For buying polymer clay stuff, I recommend to you eshop www.nemravka.cz, you can find there also the texture used

Write me in comments how it turned :-)

 

 

 

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Use thick sheet of clay

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Add hotfix decoration

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Cut with the headband

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Bake

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Add more glue on the back of crown

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My little princess sweetheart!

Bargello

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What you probably didn´t know about your pasta machine

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Just to begin: If you don´t how to choose a pasta machine – better are pasta machines with more sheet settings, and also with thicker sheet. I use Atlas pasta machine, and I´m really happy with it. (this is not an advertisment, I just tried few another pasta machines and this is the winner for me). And it is really durable! But sometimes also “cheap” pasta machines do good job.

1:If you don´t switch the settings – the sheet is thinner near the handle and thicker on the opposite side.

2:Also if you need a little bit thinner sheet, roll twice on the same settings.

3:Put the paper tape (for painting walls) on your pasta machine (as you see on the photo) and the clay wouldn´t stick on it. You will appreciate it when rolling long thin sheets.

4:The handle might react with polymer clay. Clean your hands realy often when claying, you´ll also avoid dirt on your pieces! Watter is the best, but wetwipes can serve well.

5:On some pasta machines it is possible to set also between two settings. Don´t be afraid to try it.

6:And on the end – a really tiny tutorial – Make a settings “chart” on a keychain.

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Roll every colour on different settings, roll near the handle. Cut a square out of each colour (I love cutters without join) and write the settings number. Bake it.12966336_10154779768878626_594025222_n

Drill a hole in a corner and stringe on a keychain ring (I used binder rings for better stringing) 12987914_10154779768833626_1024968850_n

That´s it. On the workshops you can check the accurate settings with your own chart and make notes (every pasta machine is different), but you will appreciate it also at home :-)12968622_10154779768793626_888638076_n

Have a nice day, JH.

PS: share if you find it useful! :-)

See my other tutorials:

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17 názorov na “Free tutorials for you!”

  1. Love your work would like to know if you have any other tutorials for sale or a book, CD for sale and if so where would I be able to purchase it.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I can’t wait to get started.

    Very inspired, Peggy

  2. Magnifique ! Et vraiment très brillant, bravo !
    Merci pour ce généreux partage 😉
    Gorgeous ! And really very clever, well done!
    Thank you for this generous sharing 😉

  3. Love how easy the technique is as presented in your tutorial. Thank you for sharing this. I look forward to getting your other tutorials. Thanks

  4. Thanks so much for this nice tutorial. You did a great job with the pictures and text. Looking at your pictures of finished beads, I was surprised they were made using the Sutton Slice. So very cool.

  5. How thin do you make your blended sheet ? I have Amaco ( inexpensive) pasta machine.. So I don’t think it could handle a think blended sheet plus a texture sheet like Lisa Pavelka
    N a,a

    1. I have atlas machine and I make blended sheets mostly n. 7 (thin sheet). Try to roll the texture alone first, so you will know if the pasta machine can handle it. Atlas machine can handle even the thick lisa pavelka textures.

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