This week I made this polymer clay pendant.
I was inspired by Learn Polymer Clay’s scrap clay challenge to put my scrap clay to use too. The technique of this pendant was inspired by a youtube video by StudioSilverCreek. Check out her video here.
I’ll be honest, this technique works out for me only 70% of the time, so if it doesn’t work out for you too, don’t worry. So, let’s start!
- Polymer clay in black, white, light blue, dark blue and other colours.
- Glaze (optional)
- Rolling pin
- wire (I bought mine from a local hardware store)
- Long nose Pliers
- Organza Ribbon or pre-made organza chords (I prefer the chords as they look better and save you the hassle of making them yourself.)
- Chord endings
Step 1- Make a ball of scrap clay.
Now we need to cover this ball somewhat like this.
Step 2- Roll out a log of black and flatten it. Cover one half of the ball with it.
Step 3- Roll out logs of dark blue, light blue and white clay. Flatten them together like this.
step 4- Cover the other half with this arrangement.
note: the clay always scrunches up at the top. So, just roll the ball between your palms to make it very smooth.
Step 5- Take a hard and transparent surface like glass from a photo frame (which I would recommend) or a plastic lid of a container. Keep it at an angle and roll the ball with it.
You know you are doing this right when the shape of the ball becomes pointed at the two ends.
Step 5- Flatten the pointed ball.
Step 6- Make a bale. Wrap the wire 5 times around your pair of pliers and leave some at the end. Push the bale in the top part of the pendant. You can also use pre-made bales.
Step 7- Bake your piece.
Step 8- Glaze your piece. I usually don’t glaze my pieces. But this piece looks really good glazed. Unfortunately, my glaze never works. I use dimensional magic because it is shiny but it yellows very quickly. Triple thick isn’t shiny enough. And I can’t find any jewellery resin. Please share your suggestions.
Step 9- Measure the ribbon to the desired size. Cut it and thread it through the bale.
Step 10- Add chord endings to your ribbon. I did not have any of those so I wrapped wire around the ends and made a loop. It doesn’t look good, but is very durable.
Step 11- Add a clasp and jump ring to the ends.
The pendant is now complete!