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Bursting with berries metal clay pendant

Embed a metal clay leaf with luscious berry-colored beads for a mouth-watering pendant.

Try this technique for an easy way to combine beads with metal clay.

SUPPLIES

pendant 2 1⁄4 x 11⁄4 in. (5.7 x 3.2 cm)

  • 16 g PMC3
  • PMC syringe
  • two-part silicone molding compound, such as Amazing Mold Putty (amazingmoldputty.com)
  • 12 assorted 4–8 mm gemstones, crystals, or pearls
  • 71⁄2–9 in. (19.1–23 cm) 22-gauge fine-silver wire, dead-soft
  • acrylic coil roller
  • acrylic roller
  • Badger Balm
  • brass wire brush or agate burnisher
  • craft knife
  • half-round jeweler’s file
  • kiln
  • leaf with distinct veins
  • liver of sulfur and tweezers (optional)
  • nonstick work surface or plastic sheet
  • paintbrush
  • 8 playing cards
  • sanding pads
  • skinny straw
  • chainnose pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS 

Make the mold

Bursting with Berries PHOTO A
PHOTO A
Bursting with Berries PHOTO B
PHOTO B
1. Make equal-sized balls of the two molding compounds (PHOTO A). Mix the compounds together completely.

2. Shape the compound with your hands into a leaf shape with a concave depression in the center (PHOTO B). Allow the mold to dry completely.


Make the metal clay pendant
Bursting with Berries PHOTO C
PHOTO C
1. Apply a small amount of Badger Balm to your work surface and your fingers.

2. Open the package of metal clay, and cut off a pea-sized piece. Rewrap and reserve the small piece for later.

3. Slightly flatten the large piece of clay with your fingers. Set the clay on the greased work surface, and place a four-card stack of playing cards on each side of it. With an acrylic roller, roll the clay into an oblong shape that is large enough to fit over the mold (PHOTO C)
Bursting with Berries PHOTO D
PHOTO D
4. Set the leaf on the work surface with the underside facing up, so the veins are prominent. Apply an extra layer of Badger Balm to the clay, and set it greased side down on the leaf. With the cards still in place, roll over the clay to make a leaf impression (PHOTO D).
Bursting with Berries PHOTO E
PHOTO E
Bursting with Berries PHOTO F
PHOTO F
5. Remove the clay from the leaf, place it on your work surface, imprinted side up, and use a craft knife to cut out a leaf shape, positioning the main vein line in the center of the shape (PHOTO E).

6. Drape the leaf-shaped clay over the mold, and gently press the edges down, taking care not to disrupt the imprint (PHOTO F). Allow the clay to dry on the mold.
Bursting with berries PHOTO G
PHOTO G
7. When the clay is completely dry, use a half-round file to create teeth along the edges of the leaf if desired. Smooth the edges of the entire leaf with a sanding pad (PHOTO G).

For the rest of the instructions for this project, please download the PDF.
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