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Crystal pendants

Create unique pendants inspired by the Star Wars universe, kyber crystals and the power of The Force. Crystal Clay wraps around crystal points to create a bail that you can personalize with your own message or design.

SUPPLIES

  • Crystal points
  • Crystal Clay
  • Clay Squishers
  • PearlEx Mica Powders
  • Rhinestone cup chain or small charms (optional)
  • 9mm textured jump rings

TOOLS

  • Needlenose pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • Scissors
  • Wet wipes
  • Q-Tips
  • Toothpicks

INSTRUCTIONS

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Photo a
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Photo b

1. Using two pairs of needlenose pliers, make sure that the opening of the jump ring is flush. Place the tips of your needlenose pliers on the jump ring at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock. Move the jump ring back and forth until the gap in the jump ring is flush (PHOTO A). I like to complete this step while my hands are clean and before I start to handle the Crystal Clay.

2. Crystal Clay is a two-part epoxy clay that hardens without baking or firing. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the handling and mixing of the Crystal Clay. While wearing gloves, pinch off two equal sized balls (the size of large blueberries) of Part A and Part B and blend together fully until the clay is no longer marbled and uniform in color. (PHOTO B) You have approximately 90-120 minutes of working time before the clay starts to harden, so take your time. Once the clay is thoroughly mixed, remove your gloves to make it easier to work with the clay. 

3. Pinch off a pea-sized mixed ball of the Crystal Clay and set it aside for Step 6. Roll the remaining clay between the palms of your hands until smooth and round. Any creases in the clay will be more challenging to smooth out later, so roll until it is nice and smooth. Once your ball of Crystal Clay is nice and smooth, use your fingertips to start to shape the ball of clay into a flat patty (PHOTO C) that is even in thickness.

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Photo c
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Photo d

4. Place the flat patty of Crystal Clay in the center of the end of your crystal point (PHOTO D) and wrap the clay around the point with your fingers until it is fully attaching to the crystal (PHOTO E). Continue until the Crystal Clay is smooth and you have an interesting sculpted look that you like.

It will take a bit of playing to get the shape, coverage and thickness that you want when you first start practicing this technique. Give yourself time to explore, knowing that you can peel the clay off of the crystal and start all over if you don’t like how it looks. You have plenty of time to work with the clay before it starts to harden.

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Photo e
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Photo f

5. To attach the jump ring onto the main crystal point, roll the pea-sized ball of Crystal Clay that you saved from Step 2 into a round ball using the palm of one of your hands and the fingertips from the other hand (PHOTO F). Roll until the ball is smooth and without creases. Once you have a round smooth ball, create a snake-like shape with the ball by rolling it the palms of your hands. 

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Photo g
Crystal pendants h
Photo h
6. Place the 9mm textured jump ring in the clay on the top of the crystal, but don’t embed it too deeply (PHOTO G). Thread the snake of the Crystal Clay through the jump ring (PHOTO H). Attach both ends of the Crystal Clay snake onto the wrapped crystal by pinching the clay with your fingertips until it is smooth and blended in with the clay that is wrapped around the crystal point (PHOTO I).
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Photo i
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Photo j
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Photo k
7. Use a Q-Tip to apply some PearlEx Mica Powders to the surface of the Clay Squisher (PHOTO J). PearlEx will create visual interest, and add highlights to the clay. The Mica Powder will also help the clay from sticking to the surface of the Clay Squisher. 

8. Holding your Crystal Point, gently roll the entire project across the Clay Squisher (PHOTO K). To get even a better impression, you can also pick-up the Clay Squisher and wrap it around your project (PHOTO L).
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Photo l
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Photo m
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Photo n
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Photo o
9. If you are not happy with your impression, use a wet wipe to remove some of the PearlEx Mica Powder. Use your fingers to gentle reshape the Crystal Clay until the poor impression is no longer visible. Then repeat Step 8 (PHOTO M). 

10. If you would like to add some bling to your Crystal Point, measure and cut a piece of Rhinestone cup chain. Lay the Rhinestone cup chain along the top edge of the Crystal Clay and press gently but firmly to embed it into the clay. 

Alternatively, you could add tiny charms, Swarovski crystals, beads or really any embellishment that you can think of.  Just make sure that they are set firmly in the clay before it begins to harden (PHOTO N). 

11. Move the jump ring attached with the Crystal Clay back and forth to make sure that there is a large enough hole for the jump ring to move freely after the clay hardens.

12. Lay your uncured and therefore soft and bendable Crystal Point on a piece of plastic wrap with the jump ring section of the pendant hanging off the edge of the table. Let it cure without moving it for a minimum of 2 hours. Your piece will be firm, but it will continue to cure over the next 24 hours.

In the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jyn’s piece of kyber crystal hung from a simple scrap of thread, but feel free to go a bit fancier and hang your finished pendant from a chain or a piece of ribbon! (PHOTO O).
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