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Vendor Spotlight: Premo! Sculpey Clay Watch Kit

Reported by Peggy Marsh

It has to have been over twenty years since I created a project with Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay. So, when the opportunity to review Sculpey’s Fashion Bead Watch Kit popped up, I had to jump on the chance.

Here’s a picture of what the kit contains:

Along with step-by-step instructions in several languages, the kit contains four colors of Premo! Sculpey Oven-Bake clay (rust, white, black and gray), a silvertone, quartz watch face, cutting blade, two large paper clips, plastic rolling tool and two pieces of elastic cord for final assembly.
I began by conditioning the cubes of clay in the palms of my hands to soften and roll into balls.
I then rolled the clay with the rolling pin several times to continue the conditioning process. This made the clay pliable allowing me to get it to the desired thickness.
The black, white and gray clay was stacked and trimmed with the cutting tool for smooth edges.
The rust clay was rolled into a pencil shape and then rolled into the stack of black, white and gray clay. This is called ‘caning’, as shown below.
Using the cutting tool, I removed the uneven edges from the cane.

                                         

then, lightly scored the clay cane in 1/4″ increments… and then cut through using the blade included in the kit.
 
Hmmm..these were making me hungry. My little beads looked like Spicy Tuna rolls!
The paperclips are tools for creating two holes in each piece of clay prior to baking.
This picture depicts the spacing of the two sets of holes needed in each bead for the stringing process.
I lined a cookie sheet with foil and baked the beads in a 275F degree oven for approximately 20 minutes. (Directions: Bake approximately 20 minutes per 1/4″ of thickness)
Since I had some on hand, I chose to add silvertone spacer beads to my project.
Here’s a picture of the final project.
 

Pros:
  • Simple, easy-to-use tools are needed to create this project, all of which are included.
  • Quick project from start to finish. No ‘drying’ time needed and ready for assembly once it’s cool.
  • Bead shapes are limitless.
  • The final project is very lightweight, and quite comfortable to wear. My piece is approximately 7 1/2″ long allowing a ‘bracelet’ type of fit on my wrist.
  • There’s plenty of clay in the kit.. enough to make a few extra beads for coordinating pieces.
Cons
  • The project colors are limited by those in the kit.
  • Where knotted, the elastic cord was difficult to hide inside the bead in the assembly process.
  • Spacer beads would be nice to have included with the kit.
  • Even with diligence, white clay can easily pick up tones of other colors in the kit, especially the deep color of the rust clay. It’s not really noticeable in these pics.

GIVEAWAY
Polyform is generously giving away one of these great Jewelry Clay kits to a lucky reader!
To Enter
Leave a comment on this post  and answer one or all of these questions…

Have you ever made your own jewelry? Do you ever craft with clay? Why or why not?

You have until Sunday, October 10th 6pm CST to enter. One entry per person, please.

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21 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Premo! Sculpey Clay Watch Kit

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    Anonymous October 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    I love this kit. I would love to win. Please enter me in the giveaway.
    Charlene L.
    cmlebel@sbcglobal.net

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    MrsETaylor October 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    I’ve just started working with clay and absolutely love it. Crossing my fingers on this one.

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    Dollie October 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    This kit looks awesome! I’ve tried to make my own jewelry before, but nothing like this. I’ve crafted with clay, but haven’t exactly managed to make anything great with it.

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    Lindsey October 6, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    How totally cool is this! What a great idea.

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    Cathy T October 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    My daughter is learning to make jewelry with clay, even metal clay. She’s quite good. I have made Christmas ornaments with Sculpey, but I don’t think I’m very good at it. I made basic snowmen and used a cookie cutter to make gingerbread men. Its definitely a skill!

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    Katy Lunsford October 7, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Yes, I have made jewelry! and yes I have used clay before as well – love it because it’s one of a kind!
    katy_lunsford@yahoo.com
    love your critique – thanks

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    Karla Anderson October 7, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Love this! I have dabbled with polymer clay, but nothing too complicated. I have made a couple of pendants to wear.

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    Helen Onulak October 7, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    I’ve made lots of my own jewelry, from seed bead creations to Swarovski Crystals and Sterling Silver. I’ve also made my own clay beads that look like Turquoise.

    While I love making clay pieces, it’s recommended to have a separate oven if you’re going to do a lot – so right now that means digging out the toaster oven (dedicated to clay), making room for it, using it, letting it cool, then putting it away again – I hope to have a permanent space for it in my new craft studio.

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    rush October 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    i have played with clay but did not make jewelry. this looks like a fun kit…most everything included…to see if it is something i would like to do. i don’t wear jewelry, but i would make it for someone else.

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    Rebecca Ednie October 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    I’ve made lots of jewelry but not using clay. I have trouble using clay because I have arthritis in my hands and they get tired before the clay is soft enough. However, I’ve been wanting to try it anyway as I plan to get a pasta roller when the next 50% off coupon comes along.

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    nullgraph October 7, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    I’ve made buttons with polymer clay before and it’s been a blast. Would love to have this kit to try more complicated project.

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    Cindy d October 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    I’ve worked with clay YEARS ago (without knowing what I was doing). This looks like so much fun!

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    Istampitall October 7, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    I’ve made my own jewelry and still use polymer clay in my crafting (because it’s a great creative medium) … but having both in one kit makes it so much easier and fun! Hope I win! : )

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    Graceline October 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    I love sculpey clay and I have used it to make jewelry with my grandkids. i have a pasta machine we use to roll it flat. i sometimes like the look of my jewelry, but at othertimes I do not like the look of the clay beads i make. I would love to win this clay jewelry watch kit; just another great project to work on with my family. Thanks for your professional critiques.

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    cgl1539 October 7, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    I have made my own jewelery but have never worked with clay. Seeing this review makes me want to. I love the idea of making my own beads and a kit is awesome.

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    isabel scrap October 8, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    I never craft with clay but love to try this technic

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    Guillauma October 8, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    My children just started working with clay and love what they created!

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    Vitoria B October 8, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    I have already play with clay and like to craft more and more with this
    Thanks for the chance!

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    isabel scrap October 8, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    count on me please for the giveaway. I would love to create some jewelry.

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    the mustik October 8, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    pretty project!
    Love to win and try!

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    isa dona October 8, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    I’ve never craft with clay so i’m curious about this kit!