Scrolled Curio Pendant

pendant measures 2" x 1.50"

pendant measures 2" x 1.50"

This pretty copper pendant is the first clay project I created on my new Silhouette Curio machine. Could you make this pendant without the machine? Certainly, and the instructions are included on this page. My uniform, scrolled copper pieces were cut in seconds on the Curio, which demonstrates how fast and convenient it is. However you create it, it’s not difficult to do and can be finished in an evening even if you’re using a craft knife!

Before you begin, condition clay.  Cutting should be done on deli film, which will allow you to easily rotate or lift off 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 - Roll all three colors of clay on setting #1. Cut two squares from each color to measure 4”.

step 1 - Roll all three colors of clay on setting #1. Cut two squares from each color to measure 4”.

step 2 - Stack all the squares in order with copper, white, then turquoise. With a blade, slice the square in half. Stack the two halves in the same color order.

step 2 - Stack all the squares in order with copper, white, then turquoise. With a blade, slice the square in half. Stack the two halves in the same color order.

step 3 - Slice through the stack and stack it again.

step 3 - Slice through the stack and stack it again.

step 4 - Roll the stack into a tube with your hands. Fold it in half and roll it again.

step 4 - Roll the stack into a tube with your hands. Fold it in half and roll it again.

step 5 - Use the acrylic roller to flatten the tube.

step 5 - Use the acrylic roller to flatten the tube.

step 6 - Sheet the clay on the conditioner’s #3 setting. From it, cut a 3” x 2” rectangle. Sheet solid copper clay on the #3 setting. This piece should also be 3” x 2”.

step 6 - Sheet the clay on the conditioner’s #3 setting. From it, cut a 3” x 2” rectangle. Sheet solid copper clay on the #3 setting. This piece should also be 3” x 2”.

step 7 - Craft Knife Users: Download and print the template onto card stock. Place the clay on bakers plastic and the printout over the cooper clay. Cut out the design. Curio Users: Import the design template into the Silhouette software. Place the solid copper clay on the shiny side of the freezer paper. Press it on the cutting mat. Install and set the deep cutting blade on #10. Unscrew the white blade cap. In cut settings choose “Thick Fabric” in materials, platform 4, Ratchet blade 10, Speed 3, and thickness 20. Cut the copper clay.

step 7 - Craft Knife Users: Download and print the template onto card stock. Place the clay on deli film and the printout over the cooper clay. Cut out the design.
Curio Users: Import the design template into the Silhouette software. Place the solid copper clay on the shiny side of the freezer paper. Press it on the cutting mat. Install and set the deep cutting blade on #10. Unscrew the white blade cap. In cut settings choose “Thick Fabric” in materials, platform 4, Ratchet blade 10, Speed 3, and thickness 20. Cut the copper clay.

step 8 - Flip the clay onto a clean sheet of deli film. Curio Users peel off the freezer paper. Craft Knife Users peel off the old deli film. Remove negative clay pieces from the scroll design.

step 8 - Flip the clay onto a clean sheet of deli film. Curio Users peel off the freezer paper. Craft Knife Users peel off the old deli film. Remove negative clay pieces from the scroll design.

step 9 - Hold the design over the blended clay. The clay will stick to the film allowing you to move it around and decide on placement. When you’re happy with it set it down on the blended clay.

step 9 - Hold the design over the blended clay. The clay will stick to the film allowing you to move it around and decide on placement. When you’re happy with it set it down on the blended clay.

step 10 - With a 1.50” x 2” cutter, press down on the film to cut out the pendant. Peel away excess clay. Flip the pendant over.

step 10 - With a 1.50” x 2” cutter, press down on the film to cut out the pendant. Peel away excess clay. Flip the pendant over.

step 11 - Cut a matching solid copper piece. Place it on the back of the blended piece.

step 11 - Cut a matching solid copper piece. Place it on the back of the blended piece.

step 12 - Create the bail. Slice three solid copper clay pieces to match the widths of the scroll pieces and about 1.50” long. Press an old credit card to the top of them.

step 12 - Create the bail. Slice three solid copper clay pieces to match the widths of the scroll pieces and about 1.50” long. Press an old credit card to the top of them.

step 13 - Attach the bail to the back of the pendant by pressing a small Etch ‘N Pearl tool into the three ends.

step 13 - Attach the bail to the back of the pendant by pressing a small Etch ‘N Pearl tool into the three ends.

step 14 - Flip the pendant over onto parchment paper. Remove the deli film. Place two large wood picks at the top of the pendant and bring the three bail pieces over them to the front. Trim and blend the ends into the existing design. 

step 14 - Flip the pendant over onto parchment paper. Remove the deli film. Place two large wood picks at the top of the pendant and bring the three bail pieces over them to the front. Trim and blend the ends into the existing design. 

step 15 - Bake the pendant flat on parchment paper in a 275 degree oven for 30minutes. When cool, buff the clay with a soft cloth or Dremel buffing tool.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Premo Clay - Copper, Turquoise, White
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade set
  • Sculpey Acrylic Roller
  • Satin Pac deli film

Miscellaneous

  •  parchment paper
  •  card stock
  •  craft knife or Curio machine
  •  1.50” x 2” cutter
  •  credit card
  •  Etch ‘N Pearl tool
  •  buffing cloth
  •  wood picks
  • For Curio Crafters - Freezer paper, Deep cut blade

 


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