Pendant with Polymer Clay, Swarovski® Crystals and Czech Glass Beads
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- Bead, Swarovski crystal, Provence lavender, 4mm round (1 bead)
- Bead, Swarovski crystal, violet opal, 4mm Xilion bicone (1 bead)
- Bead, Czech glass druk, transparent yellow, 4mm round (1 bead)
- Pearl, cultured freshwater, white, 3-4mm rice (3 pearls)
- Focal, antiqued brass, 41x31mm oval with beaded edge and 40x30mm oval bezel cup setting (1 focal)
- Bead cap, Czech pressed glass, clear vitrail, 7x3mm flower, fits 5-7mm bead (2 bead caps)
- Bead cap, Czech pressed glass, amethyst purple, 7x3mm flower, fits 5-7mm bead (1 bead cap)
- Bead cap, Czech pressed glass, amethyst purple AB, 10x3mm flower, fits 8-10mm bead (2 bead caps)
- Bead cap, gold-plated brass, 15x10mm leaf, fits 15-18mm bead (1 bead cap)
- Headpin mix, Swarovski crystal with silver- and rhodium-plated brass, mixed colors, 1-1/2 inches with PP18 / PP24 / PP32, 21-23 gauge (4 headpins)
- Headpin, silver-plated brass, 2 inches, 21 gauge (3 headpins)
- Headpin, sterling silver, 2 inches with 1.5mm ball, 22 gauge (3 headpins)
- Mica powder, Gold Leaf and Metallic Powders, red russet
- Mica powder, Gold Leaf and Metallic Powders, gold
- Adhesive, E-6000 Jewelry and Craft Adhesive, clear
- Adhesive, Signature Series Poly Bonder by Lisa Pavelka, instant-bond for high temperature user
- Poly-roller machine, Imperia, plastic / wood / rubber / nickel- / chrome-plated steel, white and black, 7-1/2 x 5-1/4 x 5 inches with table clamp and 6x4-1/4 inch handle
- Polymer clay
- Pliers, flush-cutter
With the green polymer clay, roll a ball about the size of a small hard-boiled egg yolk.
Using your fingers, press the ball into the shape of the 41x31mm oval bezel cup focal. Press the clay into the bezel focal.
The Poly Bonder™ glue can be used at this point to help adhere the clay to the bezel focal.
It may be necessary to condition the polymer clay depending upon the brand used.
Use the ''Blending Colors in Polymer'' chart by Donna Kato for more information.
Create a mossy texture to the clay by using the sharp pointed end of the clay carving tool. This can be done all over the clay or in sections of your choice by ''scribbling'' with the tool.
Making the Leaves
With the green clay, roll a ball approximately half the size of a standard pea. Pinch one end and then roll with your fingers until there is a point.
Press the clay between your fingers flattening the clay making a leaf shape.
Using the sharp pointed end of the clay carving tool, make a line down the center of the leaf. Make diagonal lines going down to the point of the leaf from the line made down the center creating the veins of the leaf.
Tip: Changing the line pattern of the leaves will add dimension and uniqueness.
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 to create a total of five leaves.
Press the sides of the rounded end of one leaf gently inward making more of a natural leaf shape. Place the leaf onto the clay toward the bottom of the bezel focal (the opposite end from the loop on the bezel). Press the rounded end of the leaf into the clay using the rounded curved end of the clay carving tool.
Repeat using the remaining leaves creating a leaf cluster.
String one amethyst purple AB 10x3mm flower bead cap, one amethyst purple 7x3mm flower bead cap and one violet opal 4mm bicone onto one 2-inch ball headpin.
Clip off the end of the headpin leaving about a 1/4 of an inch and then make a small hook.
String one amethyst purple AB 10x3mm flower bead cap and one vitrail 7x3mm flower bead cap onto one 2-inch ball headpin.
Repeat Step 8.
String one vitrail 7x3mm flower bead cap, one Provence lavender 4mm round and one transparent yellow 4mm round onto one 2-inch ball headpin.
Repeat Step 8.
String one white rice pearl onto one 2-inch headpin then repeat Step 8.
Repeat to create a total of three white rice pearl embellishments.
Clip off the end of one Swarovski crystal 1-1/2 inch headpin leaving approximately 1/4 inch then form into a hook. Repeat to create a total of four hook headpins.
Add the embellishments around the leaf cluster and moss clay in the pattern of your choice.
Cut three leaves from one 15x10mm leaf bead cap.
Add a small amount of Poly Bonder to the end of one leaf and insert it into the clay in the area of your choice.
Repeat to add a total of three leaves to the clay.
Tip: Mica powder can be added to enhance the design.
Place the bezel on the baking rack into the pre-heated clay craft oven and bake according to manufacturer's instructions.
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