14–15. Position the polymer-clay insets. Position the insets on the pendant frame. Do not worry if they don’t fit exactly, or if they are higher than the silver cells. Use an acrylic rod to roll over the polymer clay, pushing it into the cells without pressing too hard. Put the pendant in a plastic bag and place it in a freezer for at least 30 minutes, so the polymer clay is firm and cold.
Use a tissue blade to slice across the top of the pendant, removing excess polymer clay. Keep the blade level as you cut. Use a rubber-tipped tool to gently remove the excess clay from the silver framework.
Bake and polish the polymer clay. Use a toaster oven to bake the piece according to the manufacturer’s directions for the type of polymer clay used. When it is cool, wet-sand the piece with progressively finer-grit sandpaper, starting with 400-grit and working through 2000-grit. Work in a bowl of water and change the water frequently to keep the polymer from streaking. Dry the pendant when finished. Next, polish it on a lathe using a cloth wheel (do not use polishing compound).