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Layered polymer cameo pendants

Clay makes a cameo appearance

Supplies

pendant

  • 1 oz. package polymer clay, light color
  • 1 oz. package polymer clay, dark color
  • acrylic roller 
  • mold
  • needle
  • shape cutter
  • small ceramic tile
  • spritz bottle of water
  • tissue blade
  • toaster oven dedicated tocraft use
  • packing or painter’s tape (optional)
  • necklace 18 in. (46 cm)
  • 44–48 6 mm glass pearls
  • 46–50 4 mm glass pearls
  • 1 g 110 seed beads
  • flexible beading wire,.010 or.011
  • 9 mm jump ring
  • 2 crimp beads
  • toggle clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers, or 2 pairs of chainnose pliers
  • crimping pliers (optional)
Instructions
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Step 1
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Step 2

Pendant

1. Spritz a mold with water. Knead the light-colored clay with your hands until it is malleable. Roll a piece between your hands to make a ball. Press the ball into the mold.

2. Use a tissue blade to scrape the excess clay from the mold, leaving only the depression filled with clay.

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Step 3
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Step 4

3. Knead the dark clay until it is malleable. Roll it into a ball and use an acrylic roller to flatten it to 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) thick.

4. Place the dark clay over the light clay in the mold. Using moderate pressure, roll the acrylic roller over the clay. Carefully peel the dark clay off the mold. The light clay should be attached to the dark clay.


 
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Step 5
Layered polymer cameo pendants spider
Design alternative

5. Place the clay on your work surface with the molded portion facing up. Use a shape cutter or the tissue blade to trim the excess dark clay. Use a needle to make a hole centered at the top. Place the clay on a ceramic tile and bake it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Design alternative

In this version, I sandwiched two pieces of dark clay together to create a channel for a bezel of strung pearls and clay. Instead of drilling a hole for a jump ring, I strung the pearls and embedded a piece of flexible beading wire in the bezel layer before I baked the pendant.

necklace

1. Make the pendant. Cut a piece of beading wire. Center a 4 mm pearl. On each end, string an alternating pattern of 6 mm and 4 mm pearls until the strand is the desired length.

2. Cut a 37–42-in. (.9–1.1 m) piece of beading wire. Center six 110 seed beads. On each end, string the wire through the 6 mm pearl next to the center pearl.

3. On each end, string six 110s and the next 6 mm pearl. Tighten the wire to curve each set of 110s. Repeat until you’ve strung the last 6 mm pearl.

4. On each end, over both wires, string two 4 mm pearls, a crimp bead, and half of a toggle clasp. Check the fit and add or remove beads if necessary. Go back through the beads just strung and tighten the wires. Crimp the crimp beadand trim the excess wire.

5. Open a jump ring. Attach the pendant over the center beads. Close the jump ring. 


5. Place the clay on your work surface with the molded portion facing up. Use a shape cutter or the tissue blade to trim the excess dark clay. Use a needle to make a hole centered at the top. Place the clay on a ceramic tile and bake it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Place the clay on your work surface with the molded portion facing up. Use a shape cutter or the tissue blade to trim the excess dark clay. Use a needle to make a hole centered at the top. Place the clay on a ceramic tile and bake it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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