Time to make the polymer clay candy bracelets for the upcoming Unicorn Café doll shakes! These little bracelets turned out so cute and my daughters and I were thrilled how realistic they look! All clay used in this project was Sculpey III.
Below is just one of the many pictures we used for inspiration on our doll sized candy bracelets.
Choose your desired colors of polymer clay and condition (soften by working/rolling with hands.)
Roll each layer out in your clay machine. We used roller setting 1, which is the thickest. *Tip – use baby wipes to wipe down your roller in between clay color changes. We got our clay roller at A.C. Moor for $9 with coupon.
Cut down a thick straw to make your circle cutter. Cut out your desired number of candy beads. Use a toothpick to create center hole. *Tip – use cornstarch or baby powder to keep clay from sticking to straw cutter. If clay does get stuck, use your toothpick to push clay through; just make sure the toothpick is centered in the straw because it will leave a mark in your clay. *Tip – another way to remove clay is to simply blow on end of straw.
Now for those clay crafters who like gadgets you can use tiny circle cutters. In the picture below I used the orange bottom tip for the candy outer circle and the smallest metal tip for the center. To remove built up clay in the smallest cutter, I used a paper clip. See tips above for removing clay from cutters. You can find this set of cutters here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-Pc-Dotting-Circle-Round-Mini-Cutters-Polymer-Clay-Ceramic-Pottery-Set-/142291442747?hash=item21213b1c3b:g:XNsAAOSw4CFYsMh3
If you wish you add a heart to your candy bracelet you can free cut a heart with an xacto knife or you can use a mini cutter. I have this mini cutter set from Michaels, found with the polymer clay. Roll out the clay of choice for your hearts; we used roller setting 2. Use a toothpick to make a hole for your cording. *Tip – test out your cording in your clay prior to baking to make sure hole is large enough. Bake hearts separate from the candy beads at 200° for 10 minutes.
Set your polymer clay candy beads on a cookie sheet. Bake at 200° for 12 minutes.
Let beads cool.
We used a 1mm cording for our doll bracelets. You can find a variety of cording at Michaels.
String beads together in desired pattern. Attach polymer hearts as you would a string to a bookmark.
If desired spray your polymer bracelets with a sealant. My favorite is PYM II. The reason I used a sealant on the bracelets was because I knew my daughters would want to put of a few of these bracelets on their dolls. I didn’t want the polymer clay scratching off on the doll’s wrists.
See here for the other posts in the Unicorn Café series: http://brandyshappyhome.com/the-doll-room/unicorn-cafe/