Complex geometries highlight this eye-catching pendant design, made from versatile Kato Polyclay. Combine with crow beads and sterling silver for an elegant monochromatic look.
As with all polymer clay, condition the clay thoroughly by rolling it through the pasta machine or kneading it by hand until soft and pliable.
Form 2 Skinner Blend Jellyroll Canes
Roll out two sheets of clay measuring 5x5 inches, one black and one white, rolled on the thickest setting of the pasta machine. Stack the sheets on top of each other.
Cut the stacked sheets in half, diagonally, to form right-angle triangles. Separate the resulting triangles and stack like colors on top of each other.
Join the diagonal edge, offsetting the triangles slightly so that the corners do not exactly meet. Trim the tips that hang above and below to reform the sheet into a square. You must do this if you wish to have areas of the graded-color clay sheet that are the two colors you began with. If the colors meet exactly, you will have a sheet that is entirely graded.
Roll the sheets through the pasta machine. Fold the two-color sheet in half, matching same color edge on same color edge. Place the fold against the rollers of the pasta machine and roll through the pasta machine. Placing the folded edge against the pasta machine roller insures that you don't trap air into the blend. Fold and roll through again. Repeat until the sheet is fully blended and there are no streaks.
Cut this sheet half lengthwise, so that each section includes a full blend.
Roll one half, beginning with the white end, into a jellyroll. Note the distinct lines made from the blend. This cane will be 2 inches long. This will be called cane #1.
Roll the other half, beginning with the black end, into a jellyroll. This 2-inch long cane will be called cane #2.
Cut 3/4 inches from each of the above canes. Set aside the remaining 1-1/4 inch long canes.
Reduce each of the 3/4 inch long canes by rolling and stretching until they are 3-3/4 inches long. Pinch each of the canes into a triangle shape, using your index fingers to pinch the point and the work surface to flatten each of the edges. These will be called canes #3 and #4.
Cut each of the 3-3/4 inch long triangle canes into three, 1-1/4 inch long pieces.
Roll out a snake of white clay to 6-1/4 inches and 1/4 inches in diameter. As above, pinch the snake into a triangle shape. This will be called Cane #5. Cut this cane into five, 1-1/4 inch long pieces.
Cut cane #1 and #2 in half lengthwise.
Recombine each of the components filling in, where necessary, with the white snake triangles. Keep in mind that the resulting cane should be approximately an equilateral (the same length on all sides) triangle.
Compress the cane to squeeze out any air pockets that may have formed. Pinch each edge that you determine as a corner and press against the table to form the opposite flat side. As you reduce, continue pinching, pressing and gently pulling the cane.
Reduce the cane to a length of 10 inches.
Cut the cane into three equal lengths and recombine mirroring each side to form one half of a hexagon. This is a great place to use a mirror to check and see what the final cane will look like. There are several variations that can be formed just by switching the sides of the triangles that meet to form the hexagon.
When you have a cane you are pleased with, cut the half-hexagon cane in half, then place the two halves together to form the full cane.
Cut a slice from the cane for the pendant.
Pierce the pendant top with a needle tool.
Bake the pendant for 20 minutes at 275 degrees F.
Allow the piece to cool. String on the choker with black glass beads and sterling spacer beads.
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