Faux Gem Faux Metal Pendant
A visit to Beading Gem’s Journal will help you understand the inspiration that led me to create this pendant. I was impressed when I saw Ludmila Bakulina’s Faux Silver Polymer Clay Pendant. It could easily pass for genuine metal. Her brushed clay idea may become a staple in my clay toolbox! Ludmila’s free video tutorial makes it easy to understand the simple steps involved. While her project features a Larimar Gemstone, I chose to create my own focal piece with clay. I also came up with my own simple yet elegant design. The shape of the template is included in the pdf download at the top of this page.
Mixing translucent clay with polymer clay colors is one of my favorite techniques. While you might look at the colors and think they may not make the prettiest piece of jewelry, after they are blended together, they will surprise you. The translucent clay is the magic ingredient that produces the look of a true gemstone. My Faux Jasper Stone Pendant is another great example.
This project can be created in very little time with very little clay. And you don’t have to be an expert in clay making to complete this beautiful pendant.
Before you begin, condition clay.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.
step 10 - Place the shape flat side down on a ceramic tile. Bake the piece in a 275-degree oven for thirty minutes. With oven mitts, immerse the clay in cold water after removing it from the oven. When cool, buff it with denim or a Dremel tool.
step 14 - Apply Bake & Bond to the wrong side of the “gem” and position it on the backing.
step 22 - Bake the pendant at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.
step 23 - Apply Future floor polish (or other protective coating) with a brush to all but the gem.
Clay Clay conditioning machine
Sculpey Cabochon Mold
Sculpey Bake & Bond
At Michaels Store
Premo Clay - Translucent, Orange, Yellow, Green, Copper
Soft and stiff brush
Dremel or buffing material
Metal or Wood Dowel
Ranger Heirloom Gold Mica Powder
Future Floor Polish