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Art Deco pendant

Nestle crystal dangles within your own metal clay cone to make a pendant with Art Deco flair. 
Use this pattern as reference when working with the metal clay cone.


necklace 16 in. (41 cm) with 3 1⁄2-in. (8.9 cm) pendant

  • 16 g metal clay
  • metal clay paste
  • metal clay syringe
  • 3 18 mm CRYSTALLIZED™ pendants
  • 3 cubic zirconia stones: 4 mm, 3 mm, and 2 mm
  • assorted crystals including 4 mm bicones, 6 mm cubes, 6 mm bicones, and 10 or more 6 mm rounds
  • 5 g 13/0 Charlottes
  • bail with loop
  • clasp
  • 4 ft. (1.2 m) 22-gauge wire, half-hard
  • 30 in. (76 cm) chain, 6 mm links
  • 10 1 1⁄2–2-in. (3.8–5 cm) head pins
  • 2 crimp beads
  • flexible beading wire, .015
  • acrylic roller
  • Badger Balm
  • cork clay
  • craft knife
  • finishing supplies such as an agate burnisher or a brass wire brush
  • flexible rubber stamp with leaf motif
  • flexible sanding pads
  • kiln
  • liver of sulfur or other patina solution
  • needle stylus tool
  • nonstick work surface or plastic sheet
  • paintbrushes
  • paper
  • playing cards
  • polishing pads
  • tweezers
  • wooden skewer
  • chainnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters



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Figure a
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Figure b
Metal clay cone

1. With your fingers, form a 1-in. (2.5 cm) ball of cork clay into a flared, oblong shape as desired. This one is about 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8 cm) long, 7⁄8 in. (2.2 cm) wide, and 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) thick. Place the cork clay shape on a wooden skewer, narrow end first (FIGURE A).

2. Trace the leaf shape (PATTERN, above) onto a piece of paper, and cut it out to make a template. Hold the template up to the cork clay shape to make sure it wraps about halfway around the shape (FIGURE B). Adjust the cork clay shape if needed.

3. Apply a thin layer of Badger Balm to the acrylic roller, work surface, and your fingers. Cut the lump of metal clay in half, and rewrap one piece for later. 

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Figure c
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Figure d

4. With your fingers, gently flatten the working metal clay into an oblong shape. Place the flattened metal clay onto your work surface, and position a stack of five playing cards on each side of the clay. Using the acrylic roller, roll out the clay so it is slightly larger than the paper template (FIGURE C). Gently lift the clay from the work surface.

5. Place the rubber stamp face up on the work surface. Lightly apply a bit more Badger Balm to one surface of the clay, and place it on the leaf stamp. Position a stack of four playing cards on each side of the clay, directly on the stamp.

Roll the clay onto the stamp, imprinting the clay with the leaf pattern (FIGURE D). Remove the clay from the stamp, and place it on the work surface, stamped side up.

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Figure e
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Figure f

6. Place the paper template on the clay, aligning the center with the central vein in the leaf imprint. Cut around the template with a craft knife (FIGURE E).

7. Using metal clay paste, liberally paint one side of the cork clay shape where the leaf will be attached. Place the leaf shape onto the cork clay, and, with a clean, damp paintbrush, gently smooth the leaf to adhere it to the cork (FIGURE F). Use very light pressure so as not to destroy the leaf imprint. 

8. Repeat steps 4–7 with the remaining metal clay. The leaves should connect in the middle of the cork clay shape.

9. Allow the clay to dry completely.

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Figure g
Deco design_h
Figure h

10. When the clay is dry, sand the edges of the cone with a sanding pad.

11. If there is a small gap between the leaves of the cone, fill it in with a small amount of syringe clay (FIGURE G). Remove the excess with a clean, damp paintbrush.

12. To set the 4 mm cubic zirconia (CZ), squeeze a 5 mm ball of syringe clay onto the top of the cone where the leaves join (FIGURE H). With a clean, damp paintbrush, smooth and slightly flatten the ball.

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Figure i
Deco design_j
Figure j

13. Pick up the 4 mm CZ with tweezers, and center it, pointed side down, in the ball of syringe clay. Gently push the CZ into the syringe clay until the top edge of the CZ is slightly below the top edge of the clay (FIGURE I).

14. Work as in steps 12 and 13 to set the 3 mm and 2 mm CZs below the 4 mm CZ (FIGURE J), making each ball of syringe clay about 1 mm larger than the CZ you are setting. Allow the cone to dry completely again.

15. Fire the piece according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to cool completely in the kiln.

16. Using a wire brush or burnisher, rub the surface of the cone to bring out the shine of the silver.

17. Prepare a liver of sulfur solution according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and dip the fired metal clay piece into it. Repeat as needed to achieve the desired effect, rinse in cool water, and dry.

18. Use polishing pads to buff the cone to a shine.

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Figure k
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Figure l
Pendant assembly

1. Cut 12 pieces of chain of various lengths. The chains used in the pendant shown are between two and 11 links long (1⁄2–2 1⁄2 in./1.3–6.4 cm).

2. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire, and make the first half of a large wrapped loop at one end. Slide an 18 mm pendant into the loop, and complete the wraps. String a crystal, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach the end link of a piece of chain from step 1, and complete the wraps (FIGURE K).

3. Repeat step 2 twice, attaching the pendant dangles to chains of different lengths.

4. On a head pin, string a crystal, and make the first half of a wrapped loop. Attach it to the end of a chain from step 1, and complete the wraps. Repeat eight times so you have a crystal at the end of each remaining chain.

5. Cut a 6-in. (15 cm) piece of wire, and make a triangular-shaped loop, about 1⁄2 in. (5 cm) long, at one end (FIGURE L). 

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Figure m
Deco design_n
Figure n

Slide the remaining end link of each chain into the loop (FIGURE M), and complete the wraps. 

6. String a crystal above the wrapped loop. I used an 8 mm rondelle, but, because it needs to fit inside the cone you made, the size and shape of bead you use may vary, depending upon the dimensions of your cone.  

7. String the cone over the chains, then string a 6 mm crystal above the cone. Make the first half of a wrapped loop, attach the loop of the bail, and complete the wraps (FIGURE N).

For the rest of the instructions on necklace assembly, view our free, downloadable PDF!
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