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Tribal pendant

Three canes make up this tribal pendant

Several canes in deep, earthy colors are shaped into a thin leaf in this primitive-looking pendant. Here, we’re using a striped loaf, a feather tip cane and a maze cane.

In the instructions below, we detail how to prepare materials for the project, as well as make the maze cane. For full instructions – including how to make the striped loaf and feather tip cane, and how to construct the pendant – download the free project PDF.

Materials

  • 2 2-oz. (57g) pkg. Fimo Soft – black (#9); caramel (#7), and Indian red (#24)
  • 1 2-oz pkg. Fimo Soft – Sahara (#70), mandarin (#42), chocolate (#75), and gold (#11)
  • Leftover polymer clay canes and scrap clay for maze canes, pattern sheet base, and pendant body interior
  • 1 30-in. (76cm) Buna N cord (auto-supply stores or Prairie Craft, (800) 779-0615 or www.prairiecraft.com)
  • Cyanoacrylate glue
  • Tools: Pasta machine, NuBlade by Donna Kato, bamboo skewer, acrylic rod, needle tool or Xacto knife Optional: small rubber gaskets, 400 and 600-grit wet/dry sandpaper, buffing wheel or Polar Fleece
Instructions
This pendant is made with three canes: a striped loaf, a feather tip cane, and a maze cane made with Skinner blend sheets and canes left over from past projects. Your maze cane won’t look like mine, as each one is unique. A simple maze cane can be made with only two sheets of contrasting colors. Roll the layered sheet in a random manner to create amazingly intricate designs when the cane is reduced and assembled. 
Tribal pendant Photo a
Photo A
Preparation

1] Condition the Fimo until it is soft and pliable. Do this by hand or by running the clay through the pasta machine.

2] Make three Skinner blend sheets in the following color combinations, using 1/2 pkg. of each color: Indian red to mandarin, Sahara to caramel, gold to chocolate.

3] Roll up each Skinner blend sheet tightly from one graded edge to the other. Do not make a shaded bullseye cane, rolling one color edge to the other. Rather, you should have a shaded cylinder with one color at each end (Photo A, left).

4] Roll the cylinder while pressing gently with your hands from the ends into the center. This process reduces the cylinder’s length and increases its width. Continue until your cylinder is a stout 1 1/2 to 2 in. (3.8-5cm) long and resembles a shaded fireplug (Photo A, right). You will slice pieces from the three compressed blend cylinders to construct the maze cane.

Tribal pendant Photo b
Photo B
Maze cane

1] Roll a sheet of black through the pasta machine at #3 setting. Trim the sheet into a 10 x 2 in. (25 x 5cm) rectangle. My pasta machine has five settings: #1 is the widest. If your pasta machine has more settings, adjust accordingly.

2] Cut slices from the Skinner blend cylinders. Flatten with your fingers or roll through the pasta machine until the slices are 2 in. wide.

3] Arrange Skinner blend slices and leftover cane pieces on the black sheet (Photo B).

Tribal pendant Photo c
Photo C

4] Roll up the black sheet tightly and compress it to squeeze out air pockets (Photo C, left). Work the cane into a triangular shape by pressing the sides of the cane against your work surface (Photo C, center). Pinch ridges at the corners of the triangle. Flip side to side, sharpening the ridges. Reduce and lengthen the cane by gently stroking the sides as you stretch it. Be careful not to twist it. Flip the cane frequently, working all sides evenly until the cane is 12 in. (30.5cm) long. 

5] Cut the cane in half and press one half to the other so they mirror each other (Photo C, right).

Tribal pendant Photo d
Photo D

6] Cut this cane into thirds and assemble the pieces into a hexagon (Photo D). Roll the acrylic rod along the six sides to sharpen the corners.

Click here to download the free project PDF.
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