Faux Jasper Stone Pendant
If you're a crafter who hasn't discovered polymer clay, it's time. And if you are a jewelry maker who thought clay was not for you, this pendant might change your mind. It looks like stone but has none of the weight. The technique I used for this project came from Marie Segal's book “The Polymer Clay Artist’s Guide”. I highly recommend it. The variety of projects and techniques contained in this one book will make you want to rent a cabin for a month and do nothing but play with clay.
My pendant is made with colorless translucent polymer clay. The color in the finished piece comes from alcohol ink.
Although Marie's technique calls for the liquid, I just dragged lightly across the clay with several colors of alcohol pens. The exact colors are listed in the supplies list at the bottom of the page.
The mirror shine achieved here has nothing to do with glazes but simple quick sanding and buffing with a soft cloth. You should know this is nothing as labor intensive as the buffing and sanding associated with wood finishes.
Being a bling lover, I couldn't resist adding a bit of silver accent to make the colors pop. I also threw in a bit of glitter for good measure. No kiln is required. Cure the clay in your kitchen oven!
Before you begin, condition all clay colors. Cutting should be done on plastic film which will allow you to easily rotate the work when necessary.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.
step 1 - After conditioning the clay, roll it out on a number 5 setting on the conditioning machine. Lay the clay on a clean protected surface.
step 3 - Allow the color to dry. Drag the marker across a scrap piece of paper to remove any clay that might have attached to the tip.
step 13 - Carefully remove the wire from the clay sliding the top ends out without disturbing the bail. If the bail clay shifts, return it to it’s position being sure there is a hollow space under it for replacing the wire later.
step 16 - Buff the clay with a soft fabric like felt or jeans. Work to get heat from the friction. An inexpensive cordless Dremel with a cloth attachment will get this step done more quickly.
step 14 - Bake the clay on a piece of card stock at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before handling.
step 15 - Wet sand the clay with #400, #600, #800, and #1000 grit, applying one after the other. Rinse the clay with water and dry it off.
- Sculpey translucent Clay - 1 oz.
- Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
- Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
- Sculpey Cabochon and Bezel molds
- .16 gauge round wire
- 22 gauge round wire
- jewelry pliers (round nose) and cutters
- wonder clips
- Spectum Noir Alcohol Pens - OR2, JG6, TN5, CR8
- Optional - Dremel 6300 Rotary tool and
- Felt Buffing Wheel
- Polyform Wet/Dry Sandpaper
- plastic wrap
- fine silver glitter