Pendant with Polymer Clay, Swarovski® Crystals and Mica Powder
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- Polymer clay
- Embellishment, Swarovski crystal rhinestone, crystal clear, foil back, 6x4mm oval fancy stone (2 embellishments)
- Embellishment, Swarovski crystal rhinestone, crystal clear, foil back, 10x7mm pear fancy stone (1 embellishment)
- Mica powder, Gold Leaf and Metallic Powders, sparkle blue
- Adhesive, Signature Series Poly Bonder by Lisa Pavelka, instant-bond for high temperature use
- Clay carving, stainless steel, 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 inches
- 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
Begin by conditioning the green and blue polymer clays using a polyclay roller.
A small amount of clay can be conditioned in your hands by kneading, stretching, or rolling. If conditioning is done this way, be sure to clean your hands to ensure residual color is not leftover prior to working with the next color.
The shade of the green clay can be changed until the desired shade is achieved. Use the ''Blending Colors in Polymer'' chart by Donna Kato for more information.
Pinch off an egg yolk sized amount of clay from the conditioned green clay then begin to form it into a teardrop shape. The finished shape may be approximately 45x30 millimeters with a thickness of four millimeters.
Using the sharp pointed end of the clay carving tool, make lines and ''scratch'' marks randomly on the front side of the teardrop shape.
Rip off another bit of green clay and begin to form a ''snake'' or tubed section. Repeat to create a total of four green clay ''snakes'' and three blue clay ''snakes'' varying the size depending upon personal preference.
Rip off another bit of green clay and create a slight larger ''snake'' approximately 55 millimeters in length making the bail of the pendant.
Taking another bit of green clay form one small round ball approximately 3-5 millimeters in size. Repeat to create a total of seven small round balls that vary in size.
Taking another bit of green clay form one tube of clay approximately six millimeters in length and approximately two millimeters in thickness. Repeat to create a second tube.
Add the following to the teardrop shape in the pattern of your choice:
Tip: The Poly Bonder™ glue can be used at this point to help adhere the fancy stones to the teardrop shape.
Four green ''snakes''
Three blue ''snakes''
Seven round balls
Two clear 6x4mm oval fancy stones
One clear 10x7mm pear fancy stone
Add the ''snake'' bail making a closed loop at the top of the pendant with the clay.
Using the sharp pointed end of the clay carving tool, create lines in the ''snakes''.
Adding lines will add dimension and uniqueness.
Mica powder can be added to enhance the design.
Place the pendant on the baking rack into the pre-heated clay craft oven and bake according to manufacturer's instructions.
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