Polymer Clay and Casting Epoxy are a natural pair. Throw in some crystal beads and you have hit the jewelry trifecta! In my world, you really cannot add enough sparkle. This Sculpey polymer clay pendant has an extra layer of dimension when you add the epoxy casting resin. The resin makes the clay extra durable and gives it a beautiful clear coat.
- Casting Epoxy
- Topaz Crystal Beads
- Purple Crystal Beads
- Frame Charm
- Silver Findings
- Heart Stamp
- White Sculpey Polymer Clay
- Assorted Pearls
- Fuchsia DecoArt Paint
- Paint brush, craft knife, gloves, craft stick, disposable plastic cup
To begin making the pendant, you will need to condition your clay and roll out. Press the charm upside down into the clay. This will leave an impression in the polymer clay.
Lift the pendant from the clay.
Cut out the area inside the impression.
Stamp your desired images in the Sculpey polymer clay.
Place the clay insert inside the pendant and bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes. Please use caution when removing the piece from the oven. Allow to cool before handling.
Paint the clay and wipe of any excess.
Adding the Epoxy to the Sculpey Polymer Clay Pendant:
Working with resin is not as intimidating as you might think. The resin needs a 24 hour cure time, maybe a little more if you are in a high humidity area like I am. One tip I have for you is to keep your piece covered when you are letting it cure. I use a plastic bowl. The cover will keep dust out of the piece. Or in my case – random flakes of glitter in my crafting room.
Mix the epoxy according to the directions on the containers. I like to wear gloves when working with the material. I used the craft stick to apply the epoxy. Do not worry if you have tiny bubbles in the epoxy. The bubbles will disappear on their own by de-gassing. Make sure you let the epoxy cure on a level surface. It is designed to self level, too.
To form the necklace, use stringing materials of your choice. It will not show if you fill the entire strand with a variety of pearls and crystals. Attach the clasp to one end and string the pearls and crystals. When you are halfway through, add a jump ring. Continue adding beads to the other half. Finish off the necklace with the other half of the clasp.
Viola`, you have created a sweet and sparkly epoxy and Sculpey polymer clay pendant!
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