Today I want to share a fun polymer clay tutorial with you, that is great for all ages!
Premo Sculpey Clay Pendants.
The end result of your “playing” are these wonderfully rustic pendants that look like they are forged out of hammered pewter.
Are you ready to get busy?
Here is what you will need to make your own custom pendants:
- Premo Sculpey Polymer Clay
- Black Sharpie Marker
- Metallic Silver Paint
- Sand-it Gadget
- Foam Blending Pads
- Stylus or awl
- Clay tools (optional)
- Craft Stamps (optional)
- Cookie Sheet
The first thing you will need to do is condition your clay. The clay is fairly hard straight out of the package. You will need to soften it by kneading it. The warmth from your hands will help, too. Do this in small batches. The kids are wonderful at conditioning the clay!
When you get the clay to a workable consistency, use a brayer, or rolling pin to roll the clay out into your desired thickness, and size.
Then, you have a million options!
I am going to walk you through a stamped pendant to show you the process.
Make sure your clay base is the right size for your stamp. Center the stamp over the rolled clay and gently press the stamp into the clay. You can personalize your pendants with alphabet stamps.
Keep in mind that if the impression is not to your liking, you can just scoop that clay up and roll it out again!
Start with a base. You can easily add texture to your bases. For this pendant, I laid a piece of burlap over my base, and used a brayer to imprint the texture of the burlap into the clay.
For this next pendant, I formed a simple heart. Here is where you can go crazy with your imagination. If you do a simple Google search for Premo Sculpey clay, there are a lot of tutorials on creating with clay. I found clay tools to be helpful to get details sharp. (And they are super inexpensive!)
I used the brayer to “smoosh” the heart onto the base.
The wonderful thing about this clay, is that it does not harden until it is baked. Take your time. You can take a few days to work on pendants if you would like. This would be a fun project to work on over Christmas break.
When you have a batch of pendants, bake them in the oven according to the directions on the package.
You can use spray paint, or any metallic paint. You are going for a shiny metal look.
When the paint is completely dry, it is time to make it look pewter.
This is simple to do using a sharpie marker! You will need to work fairly quickly on this step.
Fill in the embedded areas of your image using the sharpie marker.
When the ink is still wet, use a foam pad to gently remove some of the ink, and slightly “smear” it.
You can see how I added it to the perimeter of the heart:
Here is a tip I learned through trial and error. If you add ink, and it dries before you can manipulate it, or you simply added too much ink, you can go back over the area you would like to fix with the sharpie, and when it is wet again, it will wipe away.
These pendants are perfect for necklaces and bracelets, key-rings, attachments to gift bags and packages, wine glass charms, home decor accents, and personalized charms for cards or scrapbook pages! I am sure you can think of many more uses.
(The middle charm shown below is a Christmas ornament for my tree. My kids pressed their fingerprints into the clay.)
So much funner than play-doh! (And it doesn’t get stuck in the carpet.)