Polymer clay colors are easy enough to mix, but I had a time crunch from filling tons of crayon orders so bought light shades of pink, orange, blue, yellow and green. I forgot purple. I conditioned the clay by massaging it, rolled it into a ball that I flattened, smashed out the finger prints by using the back of a spatula, punched out little hearts using a fondant cutter from this set, poked holes (use a toothpick or the wire poker that comes with this kit) and stamped T-A-M-I. I baked the beads at 275°F for 15 minutes. After they cooled, I strung them with elastic. Because of that time crunch I mentioned, I then sprayed them with polyurethane. Spraying before stringing would have been ideal. My TAMI bracelet was still a little tacky (to the touch, not tacky like, you know) but I placed it in my empty candy box and it was on its way to sunny Florida.
What I learned: Next time, I will most likely make thicker beads so that I can use a toothpick and heavier elastic. I will spray the beads before stringing, and will not use an empty conversation heart candy box for packaging. Even though it seemed like a swell idea at the time, one might confuse the bracelet sound the box makes when shaken, with heart candy. Or, I will attach a note saying to peek inside for a special surprise.
|Michaels carries these but was out. I continued down the road to AC Moore where I found success. I used the smallest of the three hearts.|
|I purchased these embossing letters and the bead baking rack at Michaels using coupons found online.|
Here is the finished bracelet on Tami's lovely wrist.