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Make an impression polymer pendant

Textured clay is the centerpiece of a one-of-a-kind pendant
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There’s nothing more satisfying than designing a beautiful piece of jewelry with a component that you’ve made yourself. Polymer clay is the perfect medium to make a great impression and this project is an easy introduction. Once you’ve made your polymer masterpiece, choose beads that show it off. The colors and shape should balance but not overpower the pendant. Repeat the dangle for perfectly matched earrings.

SUPPLIES

pendant 11⁄2 x 1 in. (3.8 x 2.5 cm)

  • 38 mm oval pendant bezel with two loops (Alpha Stamps, 510.595.8606, alphastamps.com)
  • 25 g package polymer clay
  • Pearl Ex powder
  • polymer clay lacquer
  • texture sheet or rubber stamp
  • acrylic roller
  • 30 playing cards
  • tissue blade
  • toaster oven

INSTRUCTIONS

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1. Knead the polymer clay until it is smooth and pliable. Place a stack of 10 playing cards on each side of the clay. With an acrylic roller, roll the clay until it is the same thickness as the card stacks.
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2. Add five cards to each stack. Place the texture sheet face down on the clay and gently roll over the back of the sheet with the acrylic roller. Remove the texture sheet.
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3. Place a pendant bezel face down over the part of the clay you want to frame. Cut around the pendant with a tissue blade. You can also make an indentation with the pendant and remove it before cutting.
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4. Place the textured clay inside the pendant and use your fingers to press the clay against the edges of the bezel. Use your finger to rub Pearl Ex powder over the raised parts of the clay. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to bake the pendant in the toaster oven. Let the pendant cool completely. Apply lacquer to the surface of the clay.
Tip!
  • Make sure your hands and work surface are clean when working with light-colored polymer clay.
  • Keep a toaster oven dedicated to your projects. Don’t mix clay and food.
  • Bake white clay at a lower temperature than other colors.
  • Instead of (or in addition to) using Pearl Ex powder, you can ink the rubber stamp or texture sheet before embossing the clay.
  • Use baby wipes to remove unwanted color from clay.
  • Color will darken once you’ve applied lacquer.

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Click here to download instructions and supply lists for the necklace and earrings projects.

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