Spiraling Heart Pendant

pendant measures 1.50”

pendant measures 1.50”

 

Shiny Pearl Magenta is lined with flat black clay and wrapped together around a silver ring making a unique valentine necklace. It may look as though the project has been glazed, but I simply buffed the clay after baking. The magenta pearl and many of the other Premo pearl colors produce a dazzling shine with very little effort. Double figure eight links combined with a silver ball bead, suspend the metal ring with the spiraling heart. Alcohol ink and a rubber stamp help to add a contemporary design. I used a very old rubber stamp I dug out of my stash because the leaf pattern on it was very small and would not result in too many blank magenta spaces. Got a rubber stamp with small heart shapes? That would be perfect!

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.

Directions

step 1 - Roll out the Magenta and Black clay on the #4 setting of the conditioning machine. The pieces should measure approximately 2” by 5”.

step 1 - Roll out the Magenta and Black clay on the #4 setting of the conditioning machine. The pieces should measure approximately 2” by 5”.

step 2 - Set aside the black piece. Pour alcohol ink directly onto a brush and paint the surface of the rubber stamp. Work quickly. If the ink dries it will only create a faint image on the clay.

step 2 - Set aside the black piece. Pour alcohol ink directly onto a brush and paint the surface of the rubber stamp. Work quickly. If the ink dries it will only create a faint image on the clay.

step 3 - Press the stamp to the clay covering as much of the surface as possible. You may not get complete or even coverage. You only need enough design for the heart shape.

step 3 - Press the stamp to the clay covering as much of the surface as possible. You may not get complete or even coverage. You only need enough design for the heart shape.

step 4 - Allow the ink to dry then place the painted clay piece on top of the black clay.

step 4 - Allow the ink to dry then place the painted clay piece on top of the black clay.

step 5 - Cover the design with deli film and press a heart shaped cutter on to the clay.

step 5 - Cover the design with deli film and press a heart shaped cutter on to the clay.

step 6 - The film will bevel the cut edges.

step 6 - The film will bevel the cut edges.

 
 
step 7 - Use a blade to cut a thin strip to measure a little less than .25” wide.

step 7 - Use a blade to cut a thin strip to measure a little less than .25” wide.

step 8 - If your metal ring is not open, use jewelry cutters to slice it open. Open the ring the same way you would a jump ring by pushing back on one side while holding the other side stationary. Slip a 6mm silver ball bead on the ring. Bring the two sides of the ring together again so the edges match.

step 8 - If your metal ring is not open, use jewelry cutters to slice it open. Open the ring the same way you would a jump ring by pushing back on one side while holding the other side stationary. Slip a 6mm silver ball bead on the ring. Bring the two sides of the ring together again so the edges match.

step 9 - Bring the outside edges of the heart bottom together to enclose the ring. Conceal the cut in the ring by positioning it inside the bottom of the heart. Add a bit of liquid polymer clay to the surface of the enclosure to bond it to the metal when baking.

step 9 - Bring the outside edges of the heart bottom together to enclose the ring. Conceal the cut in the ring by positioning it inside the bottom of the heart. Add a bit of liquid polymer clay to the surface of the enclosure to bond it to the metal when baking.

step 10 - Place a thin strip of painters tape on the ring to keep the metal bead from moving around the ring while you work. Dot the end of the clay strip and press it to the back of the heart bottom. Bring the strip through the ring and wrap it around until it covers about half of the ring. Allow the metal to show between the wraps.

step 10 - Place a thin strip of painters tape on the ring to keep the metal bead from moving around the ring while you work. Dot the end of the clay strip and press it to the back of the heart bottom. Bring the strip through the ring and wrap it around until it covers about half of the ring. Allow the metal to show between the wraps.

step 11 - Slice off the excess clay strip with a blade. Dot the end with liquid polymer and press it to the ring.

step 11 - Slice off the excess clay strip with a blade. Dot the end with liquid polymer and press it to the ring.

step 12 - Remove the painters tape. Place the project on parchment paper on top of a ceramic tile. Bake it in a 275- degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow it to cool completely. Buff the clay or apply a glaze.

step 12 - Remove the painters tape. Place the project on parchment paper on top of a ceramic tile. Bake it in a 275- degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow it to cool completely. Buff the clay or apply a glaze.

step 13 - Open one end of a figure eight link and attach it to the ring on one side of the ball bead.

step 13 - Open one end of a figure eight link and attach it to the ring on one side of the ball bead.

step 14 - Add another on the other side of the bead. Close the links. Slip a chain through both links.

step 14 - Add another on the other side of the bead. Close the links. Slip a chain through both links.

 

Tip

Remove the ink from the rubber stamp as soon as possible with an old toothbrush and 91% Isopropyl Alcohol.


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Clay conditioning machine

  • Black alcohol ink

  • Jewelry pliers and cutters

  • Deli film

  • Ateco Heart shape cutter

At Michaels Store

  • Premo Magenta Pearl and Black clay  (approx. ½ oz. of each

  • Small brush

  • Craft knife

  • Tissue blade

  • One 6mm silver ball bead

  • 1” silver metal ring

  • Rubber stamp

  • Liquid polymer clay

  • Dremel buffer or Sculpey Gloss Glaze

  • Painters tape

Fire Mountain Gems

Walgreens

  • 91% Isopropyl Alcohol

Miscellaneous

  • Parchment paper

  • Ceramic tile


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