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Calla lily pendant and earring set

Use syringe metal clay to accentuate the lines of a floral pendant-and-earring set
The malleable nature of metal clay lends itself to being sculpted and shaped into botanical forms such as the calla lily. However, if you’re new to working with metal clay, which is a material that dries quickly, practice making these jewelry components first with polymer clay. This project also offers the opportunity to explore using a syringe applicator to apply metal clay paste with fluid precision.

The organic bell shape of the calla lily makes a graceful jewelry component. The pendant is 1 1⁄2 x 3⁄4 in. (38 x 19mm), and the earrings are 2 x 1⁄2 in. (51 x 13mm), including the ear wires.
 

Supplies

  • Metal clay: 7–16g
  • Metal clay paste
  • Metal clay syringe
  • 2 pearls
  • 2 ear wires
  • Sterling silver wire: 19-gauge (0.91mm), round, half-hard, 4–8 in. (10.2–20.3cm)
  • Flexible Teflon sheet
  • Olive oil
  • Texture sheet; or stylus: small ball
  • Acrylic roller
  • Playing cards
  • Paintbrush: fine-tip
  • Clear, hard plastic sheet: 3 x 3 in. (76 x 76mm)
  • Toothpicks
  • Kiln, kiln shelf
  • Finishing items (choose from):
  • Brass brush
  • Tumbler, steel shot, burnishing compound
  • Liver of sulfur
  • Needle files
  • Pliers: chainnose, roundnose
  • Craft knife (optional)
  • Wire cutters
  • Soldering station: handheld butane torch, fire-resistant surface (soldering pad, firebrick, or charcoal block), pickle pot with pickle, flux, steel cross-locking tweezers, copper tongs (optional)
  • Dowel: wooden, 1⁄4 in. (6.5mm)diameter (optional)
  • Steel block (optional)
  • Chasing hammer (optional)
  • Sandpaper: 600 grit (optional)

Instructions

Calla lily pendant and earring set 1
Step 1
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Step 2
Part 1: Pendant

Make the stamen. Working on a flexible, oiled Teflon sheet, roll metal clay into a snake approximately 1⁄2 in. (13mm) long and 1⁄8 in. (3mm) in diameter. Taper one end to make a stamen shape.
Use an oiled texture sheet [1] or a small ball stylus [2] to texturize the stamen. Set it aside until it’s completely dry.
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Step 3
Make the petal. Roll 2–3g of clay into a ball and then flatten it with your fingers. Using an oiled acrylic roller, roll the clay to 3 playing cards thick, changing direction between passes to keep the clay circular. Using a paintbrush, apply a line of clay paste to the center of the clay circle, and place the stamen on the paste [3].
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Step 4
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Step 5
Shape the lily. Fold one side of the clay circle over the top of the stamen. Add metal clay paste if necessary, using the paintbrush to press the clay in place [4]. Repeat with the other side [5].
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Step 6
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Step 7
Pinch the top of the lily to close the gap above the stamen. Gently pinch the bottom of the lily to give it a floral shape [6]. Using your paintbrush, flare the opening of the lily a little bit [7].
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Step 8
Make a bail. Using a flat piece of clear, hard plastic, roll clay into a 23⁄8 -in. (60mm) snake. Oil a toothpick, and, keeping the ends of the snake even, wrap the snake twice around the toothpick. Twist the ends of the snake two or three times [8].
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Step 9
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Step 10

Attach the bail to the lily. Using either paste or syringe clay, attach one snake end to the front of the lily and the other snake end to the back [9].

Add detail. Apply a line of syringe clay along the edges of the petals. Set the pendant aside until completely dry [10].

Fire and finish. Fire the pendant according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When the piece is cool, polish it with a brass brush or in a tumbler with steel shot. If desired, add a liver of sulfur patina according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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