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Decorative metal clay pendant

Use a mold to create a piece of jewelry from a favorite trinket

Moldmaking is a quick way to transfer the texture and shape of a favorite object to metal clay. The pendant in the featured necklace is made from the mold of a button-sized piece of decorative brass. Removing the center of the design created a wreath shape and left an open space to accommodate a spray of chain dangles. The finished pendant hangs from a simple leather cord that fastens with a sterling silver hook-and-eye clasp.

Click through the gallery below for step-by-step project instructions, or click here for the free project PDF.


  • Fine-silver wire: 20-gauge (0.8mm), round, dead-soft, 1⁄2 in. (13mm)
  • Metal clay: 15–18g
  • Metal clay paste
  • Sterling silver chain: round, cable, 9 in. (22.9cm)
  • 2 gold beads: 1mm
  • Sterling silver head pin: 24-gauge (0.5mm)
  • Sterling silver wire: 24-gauge (0.5mm), round, dead-soft, 2 in. (51mm)
  • 2 sterling silver jump rings, 18-gauge (1.0mm), 3mm inside diameter
  • Leather cord: round, 2mm diameter, 16 in. (40.6cm)
  • Sterling silver crimp ends with attached hook-and-eye clasp: 2mm inside diameter

Tools & supplies 

  • Button or other found object
  • Mold-making compound
  • Oven (dedicated to nonfood use)
  • Olive oil or natural hand balm
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers: roundnose, needlenose
  • Flexible Teflon sheet
  • Texture sheet
  • Fine-tip paintbrush
  • Craft knife
  • Emery board or 600-grit sandpaper
  • Kiln, kiln shelf; or handheld butane torch, firing brick, tweezers
  • Finishing items (choose from): brass brush, tumbler with steel shot and burnishing compound, liver of sulfur


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