Sage and Gold Pendant

Finished project measures approx. 1.50"

Finished project measures approx. 1.50"

 

It’s easy to make a pendant with lots of design elements in your favorite colors when you’re working with clay.  This pendant was designed with Sculpey’s silk screen kit.  The kit includes 14 beautiful patterns you can choose from along with two paint colors.  You squeegee the paint across the raw clay then bake it when it’s dry.  See the instructions below.  You’ll have to agree how uncomplicated the process is.  Change the clay color or the design to make a pendant that suits your taste.

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1, the thinnest is 9.

Directions

Before you begin, condition each clay color.  All cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily rotate the work when necessary.

step 1 - Blend together Ecru and Green clay to go from green to the sage color.  Roll it out on the #2 setting with the clay conditioning machine and place it on wax paper.

step 2 - Choose the design you want to use and place the stencil, shiny side down, on the clay.  Lay a line of gold paint above the design in a straight line.

step 2 - Choose the design you want to use and place the stencil, shiny side down, on the clay.  Lay a line of gold paint above the design in a straight line.

step 3 - Use the squeegee to drag the paint across the design.  Hold the tool at about a 35 degree angle for best results.  When you’re sure the clay is covered, peel off the stencil and allow paint to dry.  It only takes a few minutes.  Immediately rinse the paint off the stencil and squeegee with water.

step 3 - Use the squeegee to drag the paint across the design.  Hold the tool at about a 35 degree angle for best results.  When you’re sure the clay is covered, peel off the stencil and allow paint to dry.  It only takes a few minutes.  Immediately rinse the paint off the stencil and squeegee with water.

step 4 - Lay plastic wrap over the clay.  Position a 1.50” round cuter over the clay, centering the deign.  Press down on the cutter.

step 5 - Lay the clay on hollow bead maker with the paint side up.

step 5 - Lay the clay on hollow bead maker with the paint side up.

step 6 - To create the bail cut a half inch strip of the clay to measure 2" long.  Roll a texture wheel over the piece. Brush it with the gold paint and let it dry.

step 7 - Fold the clay over a toothpick.  Remove the toothpick.  Use a tissue blade or craft knife to cut the strip into a 'V' shape with the bottom center no smaller than .25" wide.  Replace the toothpick and press the bail to the pendant.

step 7 - Fold the clay over a toothpick.  Remove the toothpick.  Use a tissue blade or craft knife to cut the strip into a 'V' shape with the bottom center no smaller than .25" wide.  Replace the toothpick and press the bail to the pendant.

step 8 - Bake the clay in the oven at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before removing from the bead maker.

step 9 - The finished clay has a beautiful satiny look and can be worn the way it comes out of the oven.  Whether you glaze the piece or not is a matter of choice.  I chose to apply Diamond Glaze with a brush.  It darkens the color slightly and gives the design more dimension.

step 9 - The finished clay has a beautiful satiny look and can be worn the way it comes out of the oven.  Whether you glaze the piece or not is a matter of choice.  I chose to apply Diamond Glaze with a brush.  It darkens the color slightly and gives the design more dimension.

step 10 - To wear the pendant slip a chain through the bail.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Clay - Green 1/2 oz., Ecru 1/2 oz.
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade
  • Sculpey Texture wheel
  • Sculpey Hollow Bead Maker
  • Sculpey Silk Screen Kit
  • 1.50” circle cutter

Miscellaneous

  • Wax paper
  • Plastic wrap
  • craft knife
  • toothpick

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