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Step 17: While your pieces are baking, cut 8 small pieces of the maroon.
Step 18: Roll these slightly and make oat shapes out of them. I used a needle tool to put the holes down the center. I also like to shape my bead while it's on the tool. These shapes are not perfect, which is what gives the personal touch.

String the beads on a piece of wire for baking. (Tip: You don't need a fancy gizmo to keep your bead edges from going flat. Fanfold an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper and place your beads in the crease while baking)

(Tip: Put a small loop at the bottom of your wire to hold the beads on, make a larger hook at the top that you can use to hang your beads up later)

Step 19: After you've removed your pieces from the oven, put the maroon beads in and bake according to the Premo directions. While the beads are baking you can paint your pieces. How you paint them is up to you. I painted the Sculpey with silver acrylic paint. Then I painted the disc under the large maroon centers with black acrylic paint. The stripes across the maroon were done with silver paint to add a little flair. Be sure to paint the backs of the pieces as well.
(Tip: Leave the pieces "stuck" to the paper while you paint the fronts, it makes it much easier to get the edges without getting your hands painted, too. Also, don't worry if you get some silver paint on the silver wire. Who's going to know? <G>)

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Step 20: Use a coat of Future Floor Polish to protect the pieces. Front and back.  
Step 21: Remove the maroon beads from the oven and glaze with Future. Use the large hook you created on the top to hang them while they dry.  
Step 22: Using an eye pin, or make one yourself using the round nose pliers and silver wire, assemble the pieces according to the diagram. (Tip: Make sure that you have your eye pin loops bending the same direction so that all the pieces hang facing the front)

Madeline Nupp
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