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Anchor Earrings - Barbie Girl Earring Kit

Ages 14+ - This kit requires the use of sharp objects, oven usage, small parts and cleaning products.

Please read/ watch the instructions prior to beginning your project.

Included in kit:

· Sculpey ® Premo & Souffle Polymer Clay

· Cutters – Large Seashell, Large Anchor, Small Bow, Small Heart

· Wooden Roller

· Detail Stick

· Square of Parchment Paper

· Sanding & Buffing Block

· Jump Rings

· 18K gold plated or Platinum plated Earring hooks

· 18K gold plated necklace chain

· 2 3.5mm Depth Guides

· 24K Stud Posts

· 6 Earring Cards

· 2 Pairs of Jewelry Pliers

Additional Supplies

This kit includes the supplies you will need to create beautiful jewelry. Here is a list of additional specialty items that you may want to know about.

● A Clay Blade, or thin metal blade for cleanly removing clay from your workspace. You may be able to use a utility knife blade.

● Krazy Glue for adhering posts (the stud process in these instructions does not require this)

● A ceramic tile. Some people find it easier to leave their creations on a tile to bake.

Bake & Bond - A Sculpey ® product that adheres clay to clay. This helps if you plan on adding little clay embellishments to your designs.

● Hand Drill - Manual or small hand drills can efficiently and easily create holes for jump rings.

Clay Depth Gauges or a Clay Press – This can help you easily and consistently control the thickness of your clay.

● Cornstarch – Used to prevent cutters with embossing from sticking in clay, or lifting clay pieces.

Please note that if you plan to expand the scope of your project, you may require additional materials.

Anchor Dangles Instructions From Above Video

1. You will need 1/2 of Ultramarine Blue Sculpey Premo Clay and 1/2 of White Sculpey Premo Clay. Mix the clay until you have a solid colour of blue. You may also use Sculpey Premo Cobalt.

2. Ensure you clean all of your tools and your workspace well before and during your project. Red & pink clays can easily stain your tools and all other colors of clay. Likewise, black clay can leave color on other clays and can make them look dirty.

3. Using a clean roller, roll out your freshly mixed and conditioned blue clay. You want to roll your clay approximately 3-3.5mm thick. To ensure a consistent depth, there are depth guides included in your kit. Simply, put your clay between the two guides and roll it out. The roller should rest on the depth guides.

4. Cut out two full anchors from your rolled out clay. I recommend lightly dipping the cutter in a small amount of cornstarch prior to cutting your piece. If you do not have cornstarch, you can use water. If you choose to use water, know that water can sometimes leak below the clay and will lift your clay from your workspace.

Use a clean, dry, soft brush to lightly dust away any and all cornstarch from your clay. If you used the water technique, you will need to lightly dry your clay with a lint-free cloth.

5a. Reroll the remaining blue clay. Using the top (circular portion) of your anchor cutter, cut two anchor tops. Remove the excess clay. Using the same anchor cutter, align the circular top part perpendicular to your first cut. By cutting this way, you will create a symmetrical circle using the circle part of this cutter. To ensure your circle is symmetrical, ensure that you use the rounded part of your initial cut as a guide for where to put the cutter for the final cut. The only difference is that you change the direction to complete the circle and remove any excess part of the anchor.

5b. Reroll a thin (1mm thick) slab from your remaining clay. Repeat 5a. These thin circles will become the backs of your studs.

Helpful tip: There are many useful items around your home that you may be able to use as cutters. Old plastic straws can be used to cut small circles, as can small circular piping tips. You may have an item that is perfect to cut your circles. However, ensure you do not use anything that you actively use for food.

6. Take your thin circle you cut in 5b. Find the center and press one of your stud findings through the circle until the metal base meets the clay. Repeat for the second thin circle.

Take one of your thin circles and one of your thicker circles (from 5a) and align them together with the metal base of the stud inbetween them.

Using a detail stick, or your finger, gently push any air out between the base of the stud and the clay around it. Start at the post and move outwards towards the edges. You want to be careful not to move the post and create any opening around the post's pin. This could cause your post to move inside the clay once it is baked.

Once you get to the edges, gently press and blend the clay of the two pieces until a line is almost undetectable, and the pieces are firmly adhered.

Repeat for both studs.

7. Add your finding holes to the bottom of each of your circular studs. If you were able to place your stud pins directly in the middle of the circle, this can be anywhere along the edge. If not, try to place the finding hold on the opposite side of the pin. Ensure you are staying about 3mm away from the edge of the clay.

8. Add finding holes to the top of the circles of your anchors from step 4.

9. Carefully remove each anchor from your work surface. Clean up the edges and ensure the finding hole extends fully through the anchor and is large enough to fit a jump ring.

9. Place your cleaned up anchors on your baking sheet and bake at 275°F for 60 minutes.

13. Once done baking, and fully cooled. Sand/buff the edges of your pieces where needed.

14. Insert your jump rings to attach your two earring anchors to your circle studs.

15. Put your works of art onto a earring card, take a picture and tag @bougierougeboutique in your creations. They are now ready to gift or wear!

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