Have you ever created something absolutely fantastic by accident? That is how I feel about this handmade jewelry piece. My original idea was to use the pendant as a stamp. I thought the shape would make a fantastic impression. My first attempt I did not impress evenly in the polymer clay. So, I tried again. The second press was way too hard and when I lifted it up the whole piece of clay came with it. That is when I turned it over and the polymer clay had squished through the filigree. I was fantastically surprised. I was so excited that I baked it right away. You might notice in the photos, that I show a different metal piece. The technique is the same. The pieces are the only difference.
To make this polymer clay and metal filigree piece you will need the following:
- Sculpey 30 Piece Sampler Set
- Tonal Duets Peacock Pendant
- Swarovski Crystal Strand
- Hot Fix Crystals
- Basic Findings Kit
- Polymer Clay Press (Optional)
- Needle Nose or Flat Nose pliers
Press the pendant into the polymer clay.
Use a craft knife or toothpick to remove the excess polymer clay. Bake the piece in the oven at 275 degrees for 15 minutes. Use caution when removing the piece from the oven.
Thread Swarovski Crystals on the eye pins.
Create loops on the open wires and use jump rings to attach to chain.
Add the Hot Fix crystals to the front of the polymer clay pendant. Use a jump ring to attach the polymer clay pendant to the necklace.
Think of all the fun new colors you can add to your jewelry by placing Sculpey Polymer Clay in the openings of a pendant. I was so excited when I came upon this happy accident. Next month, I will show you the other idea I had using the Tonal Duets Pendant as a stamp in polymer clay. Make sure you check back to see how that piece turns out, too.
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Niki is known for her distinctive, high quality creations that feature a diverse mix of styles and highly creative approach to even the smallest detail. Her creations are simultaneously beautiful and functional.
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