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Poly Pendant :: Free Tutorial

DSC_0033Polymer clay pendants are really simple to make, look wonderful, can take on a million “styles” through simple surface treatments and can be used in a variety of ways. I have a pendant necklace that was given to me for my birthday and hands down it is the most complimented piece of jewelry I own. Today I’m going to show you how to make your own pendants using just a touch of polymer clay, an x-acto knife, a bit of craft paint, your favorite stamp, and a paper towel. Easy peasy and so useful!

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Preparing your clay

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Every time I make a project with polymer clay, I have all these little stray guys that are half mixed with other colors. I do not want to put them back into their correct spot because it will contaminate the rest of the color, so they all go into a lump. The orange and light blue are both products of this color mixing. I just mixed them more and they turned into beautiful unique shades! There are two ways to get this project started. If you have a polymer clay pasta machine, pull it out, put it on the thickest setting, and crank the clay through a few times until you have a nice even piece. If you don’t, an acrylic rod, a can of spray paint, or another other smooth cylindrical object works great. Roll it out to an even consistency – about 1/8 inch is great. 

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Pull out your favorite stamp or cut block and press it into the clay. You can press it evenly, or you can go unevenly  – try both!

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Cut away the excess clay. I cut it down to about 1 1/4″ by 3/4″. It can be determined by the pattern or by a size preference. If you are making it into a necklace, look at your favorite necklace and see how big the pendant is. 

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Use your craft knife to cut a hole towards the top of your pendant. It is now official a pendant vs a small decorative tile!

Bake According to your polymer clay instructions. Once cool continue with the

Surface Treatment

On some aluminum foil, put down a little bit of craft paint. I like using white, black, and brown. These three colors give the clay the most “natural” look. 

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Use your paper towel to apply a generous amount of paint to the pendant, make sure to fill in all the impression. Then simply wipe and then dab it off!

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Let dry and you are all finished!

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Check out the difference! Amazing! (brown paint on left, no treatment on center, white paint on right)

 

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You can use pendants for a variety of projects – small ones for earrings, this size shown today for necklaces. If you leave off the whole, you could hot glue them to the front of a card as really nice decorative piece, or you can even attach them to gifts as a special accent for someone you Really like. 

Part II :: My favorite way to make a necklace clasp from some waxed linen thread and a bead! A fisherman’s daughter’s knot tying method and a few more ideas on pendant making!


10 thoughts on “Poly Pendant :: Free Tutorial

  1. Love the tutorial, now I will have to dig out my tiny scraps of sculpey I could never bring myself to throw away.

  2. Those are fabulous and so versatile! I could make matching ones for me and my dog! Thanks tons, I’ll be linking.

  3. These polymer clay pendants are ADORABLE! Well done! I had never thought of doing anything like that. I see some birthday and Christmas presents are now going to be taken care of! :)

    Also wanted to let you know that I have a free downloadable gift over at my new blog. Stop by if you get a chance. :) The new address is: https://reclaimingthehome.blogspot.com/

    HUGS!

    Kristin

  4. nice and adorable…i would love to make it in different shape..by the way,..is there any other way to make it hard other than bake it??..thanks a lot..

  5. Thanks! That’s a great idea. You can make it in any shape you want, your imagination is the limit :) I think there are some clays that are self hardening, it’s really a matter of going to the art shop and seeing what they have available.

  6. Thanks!For your information, i just find out that we can harden any type of clay by using microwave oven.But,you need to put it in a microwaveable container and fill it with water.Thanks again!.

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