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Copper leaf pendant

Easy to form, CopprClay is perfect for dapping



  • 30 g CopprClay
  • acrylic roller
  • circle cutters or templates
  • 2 in. (5 cm)
  • 3⁄8 in. (1 cm)
  • 1⁄4 in. (6 mm)
  • craft knife (optional)
  • dapping block and dap (optional)
  • digital kiln, firing box, and coconut-based carbon
  • Gloves In A Bottle
  • leaf, texture sheet, or rubber stamp
  • lightbulb (optional)
  • nonstick work surface
  • olive oil
  • paintbrush
  • patina (optional)
  • playing cards or spacers
  • sandpaper (optional)
  • tumbler (optional)
Copper leaf pendant_dapping
1. Condition the Coppr-Clay. Apply a thin layer of olive oil to your work surface, hands, and acrylic roller. With the ball of conditioned clay on your work surface, place a stack of six playing cards on each side of the clay. Use the acrylic roller to roll the clay into a circle. Be sure to reposition the cards as needed to keep the thickness of the clay even.

2. Place your leaf or texture sheet on the clay, and remove one card from each stack. Roll firmly one time, and remove the leaf or texture sheet. 
Alternatively, coat a rubber stamp with a thin layer of olive oil, and press it into the surface firmly enough to make an impression.

3. Positioning the leaf impression off-center, use the 2-in. (5 cm) circle cutter or template to cut out a circle. 

4. Roll the scrap clay into a small ball. Place a stack of three playing cards on each side of the scrap clay, and roll the clay into a circle. If desired, texture the surface as in step 2. 

5. Using the 3⁄8-in. (1 cm) cutter or template, cut out a circle. 

6. Wet your paintbrush, and use it to dampen the back of the 3⁄8-in. (1 cm) circle and the place on the 2-in. (5 cm) circle where you want the bail. Place the dampened surface of the 3⁄8-in. (1 cm) circle onto the dampened surface of the 2-in. (5 cm) circle, and hold them in place for one minute.
7. Using the 1⁄4-in. (6 mm) cutter or template, cut a circle through both layers at once.

8. If you plan to fire your pendant already shaped, carefully arrange it over a lightbulb. Otherwise, leave it flat on a work surface. Let dry completely.

9. Either use sandpaper to finish the edge or a craft knife to carve small scallops, and smooth the edge lightly with a damp paintbrush.

10. Fire the pendant in a kiln.

11. If you choose to dap after firing, place the pendant face down in the dapping block, and dap it gently (photo), moving the dap around until your pendant conforms to the shape of the block.

12. If desired, tumble and patinate the pendant following the manufacturer’s instructions. 
Copper leaf pendant_daps
Notes on dapping
• Traditional silversmiths use daps and a dapping block to add shape to a flat piece of metal. The technique also works with silver and copper clays. (Bronze clays are often too hard to shape.)
• Metal daps can mar the surface of metal, so you may choose to use a wooden dap (below, far left)instead of the metal dap pictured at left. 
• Since metal clays are so easy to form before firing, you can dry the clay on a lightbulb to create the “dapped” form.  
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