Faux Jasper Stone Pendant

pendant measures 2.25”

pendant measures 2.25”

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.

Directions

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 2 - Plastic gloves will make clean up easier from this point forward.  Move alcohol pens across the clay in random patterns.  Choose which colors you want to dominate the pendant.  Make more marks with them.  It's not necessary to fill every blank space of your clay.  The colors will blend together later.  The less color you apply the lighter the finished piece will be.  Conversely, the more color you apply, the darker the piece will appear overall. 

step 2 - Plastic gloves will make clean up easier from this point forward.  Move alcohol pens across the clay in random patterns.  Choose which colors you want to dominate the pendant.  Make more marks with them.  It's not necessary to fill every blank space of your clay.  The colors will blend together later.  The less color you apply the lighter the finished piece will be.  Conversely, the more color you apply, the darker the piece will appear overall. 

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 4 - Sprinkle glitter on the clay.  Avoid getting too close to the edges (like I did).

step 4 - Sprinkle glitter on the clay.  Avoid getting too close to the edges (like I did).

step 5 - Fold the clay in half with the ink and glitter inside.  Fold the edges over to seal the contents then fold in half again. 

step 5 - Fold the clay in half with the ink and glitter inside.  Fold the edges over to seal the contents then fold in half again. 

step 6 - Roll the clay into a stubby tube in your hands.  Twist it then squash it flat.  Twist again then flatten with your hands. Overworking the clay will result in less individual color definition.

step 6 - Roll the clay into a stubby tube in your hands.  Twist it then squash it flat.  Twist again then flatten with your hands. Overworking the clay will result in less individual color definition.

step 7 - Press the clay into the large teardrop mold.  Use a tissue knife to slice away the excess.  Use the blade in an almost parallel angle to the mold, moving it back and forth through the excess clay, creating a flat top. 

step 7 - Press the clay into the large teardrop mold.  Use a tissue knife to slice away the excess.  Use the blade in an almost parallel angle to the mold, moving it back and forth through the excess clay, creating a flat top. 

step 8 - Flex the mold to release the cabochon.

step 8 - Flex the mold to release the cabochon.

step 9 - Fill a matching teardrop bezel mold and create the bezel in the same way.

step 9 - Fill a matching teardrop bezel mold and create the bezel in the same way.

step 10 - Wrap a piece of 16 gauge wire around the inside of the teardrop mold cutting it to fit and allowing a small gap between the top ends.  The wire must be flat to lay correctly on the finished mold.  Manipulate the wire as needed.

step 10 - Wrap a piece of 16 gauge wire around the inside of the teardrop mold cutting it to fit and allowing a small gap between the top ends.  The wire must be flat to lay correctly on the finished mold.  Manipulate the wire as needed.

step 11 - Place the teardrop cabochon into the bezel.  Press the wire between the two to form an even gutter all around the shape.

step 11 - Place the teardrop cabochon into the bezel.  Press the wire between the two to form an even gutter all around the shape.

step 12 - Roll a small piece of the excess clay in your hands.  Fold it in half then twist the clay together.  Slice one end at a 45 degree angle so the clay will be angled under when in place.  Press that end onto the edge of the cabochon and bezel.  Curve the twisted clay into a loop to create a bail for the chain and slice the other end of the clay at a 45 degree angle.  Leave enough of a space in the loop of the bail for the chain you plan to use.  Press the free end of the clay to the back of the bezel. 

step 12 - Roll a small piece of the excess clay in your hands.  Fold it in half then twist the clay together.  Slice one end at a 45 degree angle so the clay will be angled under when in place.  Press that end onto the edge of the cabochon and bezel.  Curve the twisted clay into a loop to create a bail for the chain and slice the other end of the clay at a 45 degree angle.  Leave enough of a space in the loop of the bail for the chain you plan to use.  Press the free end of the clay to the back of the bezel. 

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 17 - Wrap the 22 gauge wire into the folds of the bail.  Create small spirals on the front and back ends of the wire with round nose pliers.

step 17 - Wrap the 22 gauge wire into the folds of the bail.  Create small spirals on the front and back ends of the wire with round nose pliers.

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.

step 18 - Using a toothpick, apply adhesive to the gutter between the cabochon and the bezel.  Carefully insert the ends of the teardrop shaped wire under the bail.  Press the rest of the wire into the gutter.  Hold it in place with clips and allow the adhesive to set overnight.

step 18 - Using a toothpick, apply adhesive to the gutter between the cabochon and the bezel.  Carefully insert the ends of the teardrop shaped wire under the bail.  Press the rest of the wire into the gutter.  Hold it in place with clips and allow the adhesive to set overnight.


Supplies

At Amazon

  •  Sculpey translucent Clay - 1 oz.
  •  Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  •  Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
  • Sculpey Cabochon and Bezel molds
  •  E-6000
  • .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

Miscellaneous

  • plastic wrap
  • toothpick
  • fine silver glitter

 

 

 

 

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