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How to Make Your Own Polymer Clay Mandrel (for Wire Wrapping)

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Original tutorial by Judy Larson. As seen on The Beading Gem. See www.beadinggem.com for more free tutorials, inspiration and more!

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How to Make Your Own Polymer Clay Mandrel (for Wire Wrapping)

  1. 1. Sculpey Cabochon Mandrel Judy Larson Save a ton of cash when you make your own cabochon mandrels. Materials: Sculpey polymer clay Cabochon Tools: Roller Two 3/8” mandrels 4” ceramic tile Knife Oven Hot pads Ultra fine point Sharpie marker Directions: Step 1: Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Step 2: Place a piece of polymer clay on the center of the tile between the two 3/8” mandrel. Step 3: Roll out the clay until the roller touches the two mandrels. This will be the correct thickness. Set the roller and mandrels aside. Step 4: Place the cabochon on the polymer clay. Make an exact 90 degree cut around the cabochon through the polymer clay. Remove the excess clay. Remove the cabochon. Step 5: Clean up the edges of the polymer clay, if needed.
  2. 2. Step 6: Place the tile with the polymer clay in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Step 7: While the clay is baking, trace the outline of the cabochon on a piece of paper. Fold the paper in half lengthwise and crosswise, matching the drawn lines. Mark those lines on the paper. Step 8: Remove the tile with the clay from the oven and let cool. Step 9: Place the baked clay mandrel on the template created in Step 7. Transfer the lines to the mandrel. Mark the size on the top of the mandrel.

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