Single-Strand Necklace with PMC3™ Precious Metal Clay

Design by Nellann Roberts
Courtesy of PMC Connection
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Shell Necklace

This beautiful necklace is surprisingly simple to construct. Use our pre-made mold or create your own for a striking piece.
STEP 1
Step 1 Select your seashell molds.

Note: Making a mold of your shell is a good idea for many reasons. Natural textures can be very porous, making construction more difficult. They are also more prone to come apart, especially with repeated use. Create a mold and you have a sturdy form that can be used for years.
STEP 2
Coat all surfaces and your hands with a thin layer of Badger Balm.
STEP 3
Open your 50 gram package of PMC3 and roll out about 40 grams of PMC3 into a shape similar to the large shell mold.
STEP 4
Step 4 Press the clay onto the mold and carefully smooth the surface (this will end up being the back of your necklace) and remove any excess around the edges.
STEP 5
The edges can be further smoothed and compacted by tapping with your finger perpendicular to the edge. This helps cut down on clean up after the clay is dry and strengthens the edge. Cracks should be filled with paste.

Note: When finishing your shell, keep in mind that the bottom of the shell should not have any sharp edges.
STEP 6
Let the clay dry for about ten minutes and then remove it from the mold. Gently flip it over and lay on the mold to finish drying. Don't press down on the clay! You want the clay to dry over the slight dome-shape of the mold, but you don't want to alter the texture on either side.
STEP 7
Step 7 Divide the remainder of the PMC3 50 gram and make the two small shell beads by pressing the clay into the mold and smoothing the back of each bead. This will help the bead lie flat on your neck.
STEP 8
Remove the clay from the mold and repeat for the second bead.
STEP 9
Dry and clean the pieces.
STEP 10
Step 10 Take about 6 grams of clay from a 9 gram package of PMC3 and roll out an oval. Flip the clay oval evenly over a small straw. Seal with PMC3 Paste.
STEP 11
Place the bail near the top of the large shell and attach with PMC3 Paste. We curved the ends of our bail up a bit to compliment the shape of the shell.
STEP 12
Use the remainder of your 9 gram package of PMC3 to make bails for the small beads. Roll the clay into a narrow strip and cut two small rectangles.
STEP 13
We built these bails directly on the bead. Attach one end of the bail to the back of the bead near the top and secure with PMC3 Paste.
STEP 14
Step 14 Once you have one end attached to your bead, lay a small straw on the back of the bead and drape the bail over it. Secure the end to the bead with paste. Flatten the bail just a bit, so that it will lie flatter. Repeat for the second small bead.
STEP 15
Dry, clean, and fire all three pieces. Be sure to support the large shell with fiber so that it retains its shape.
STEP 16
Finish as desired.

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