Pendant made of Art Clay®

A variation of this pendant was featured on the cover of the Jewelry Maker's Comprehensive Catalog 2011-2012.
Lightly oil your hands, roller, work surface and textures of your choice. Open the package of clay and remove about 10 grams. Compress it between your fingers a few times then place it between blue slats. Using an acrylic roller or brayer, roll over the clay 1-2 times. Flip the clay over and roll again. Repeat until the clay is level with the guide and has a nice round shape.

Transfer the clay to the oiled texture. Place the yellow slats on either side of the clay yet on top of the texture; roll the clay out.
Carefully transfer the clay, textured-side up, onto a Teflon worksheet. Place a circle in the circle template that is larger than the largest circle clay cutter on top of the clay. Using the tip of a beading awl or fine knitting needle, cut out the circle. Put the Teflon sheet aside so the clay circle can dry flat.
Repeat Step 1. Carefully transfer the textured clay, textured-side up, onto a Teflon worksheet. Use the largest circle clay cutter to cut out a second circle of clay.
Carefully transfer the circle to the mold either textured-side down on the outside of the mold for a more shallow curve or textured-side up in the mold for a more significant curve. Gently press into place. Allow to dry.
Repeat Steps 1, 3 and 4 using the different sizes of circle cutters as well as one Kemper circle cutter to create circles which get successively smaller.

Place the littlest circle into the smallest circle mold so you get the greatest curve.

Allow all of the circles to dry completely.
Using a progression of the polishing papers, refine the surfaces of the circles until they are round and smooth on the front and the back sides.
Assemble the circles to get a sense of placement. If needed, make a mark on the large circle where the next circle will be placed. Using a paintbrush, apply a dab of metal-clay paste to the large circle.

Place the curved circle into place. Remove and then apply a dab of paste on the curved circle where paste was left from the large flat circle. This will ensure there is enough paste between the two layers, because when the paste dries it shrinks. Using a paintbrush, apply a small amount of water to the area to ensure there is a bond between the two layers.

Repeat to connect all the circles together. Once dry, determine the center of the top of the pendant and draw lines on the back side of the large circle. Using the paintbrush, apply water to this area. Press two small (3-4mm) amounts of clay at the pencil marks, one above the other, and space them to fit the fine-silver bar finding.

Use the tip of a beading awl, the paintbrush or other suitable tool to clean up the clay so the join between the clay and the finding is secure and the back of the circle is neat.

Set this aside and let it dry. Refine using the sanding pads and polishing papers as needed.

While wearing a protective mask, break off small pieces of fiber blanket and place them into the areas between the circles so they maintain their shape in firing. Place the pendant face down into a larger piece of the fiber blanket and place in kiln.

Ramp the kiln at full speed to 1472-degrees F; hold for 30 minutes then allow the kiln to cool to room temperature.

Assess the pendant. If needed, work carefully using flat-nose pliers to adjust any of the layers which may have become misshapen in firing.

Use a steel-wire brush to burnish the surface of the pendant.

If desired....
Tumble the pendant in the tumbler along with stainless steel shot and burnishing solution.

Patina the pendant using Liver of Sulfur™ or patina gel.

The pieces featured in the Gallery of Designs are copyrighted designs and are provided for inspiration only. We encourage you to substitute different colors, products and techniques to make the design your own.

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