Create your own beautiful jewellery pendants easily with polymer clay and pendant blanks. The techniques demonstrated in this tutorial can be used to make your own handmade tiles as well. So get creative and have fun!
- White Premo Polymer Clay
- Objects to create texture in your clay, this is only limited by your imagination. For these tiles we have used:
- Translucent liquid clay
- Alcohol ink or acrylic paint - We've used teal, blue-violet and sapphire blue alcohol ink
- Pendant blanks
- Clear drying adhesive -for adhering the pendant to the blank
- Flat work surface (cover it with baking paper to easily remove your tiles)
- Toothpick or pointed object for mixing
- Acrylic roller for conditioning polymer clay
- Cutting tools
- Paintbrush for applying liquid clay
These instructions are for the teal pendant as there are a few more steps involved in creating the design. We will make a mould which will them be used to reverse the pattern so that the flowers are raised.
1. Condition the Premo White Clay
If you are new to using polymer clay, click on this link to find our how to condition your clay. This step is very easy but absolutely essential. Don't worry about the thickness of the polymer clay, it isn't important in this project.
2. Take the pendant and lay a piece of narrow ribbon inside the pendant. This ribbon will help you remove the clay once it is baked. Fill the blank with clay, slightly recessing it (make sure the clay is not above the rim of the metal). Spray the clay with water, which will serve as a release agent when you press the items into it to create texture.
I forgot to use the ribbon when making this pendant, you can remove the polymer clay heart without it, but it is definitely easier with the ribbon.
3. Bake the mould, leaving the clay inside the pendant to bake it.
Baking time: 275 °F (130 °C) - 30 minutes
4) After completely cool, remove the baked clay from the metal heart, using the ribbon. Remember, this clay will bend and it has a lot of flexibility.
5) Next, place the ribbon back in the pendant and refill the pendant with polymer clay and spray lightly with water. Then place the baked mould over the clay filled pendant and press until the excess clay squishes out of the sides. I used a clay tool to remove the excess clay. Bake the pendant in the oven at the same temperature and time. Allow to cool before removing the baked heart (it is easier to colour outside of the pendant).
6. Colour your pendant
These instructions detail how you colour the pendant with alcohol ink and translucent polymer clay. You can also use acrylic paint, applying it with a foam sponge.
Use the alcohol ink to tint your translucent liquid clay. On a flat non porous surface (like a ceramic tile) put a drop or two of the ink on top of the liquid clay and allow the alcohol to evaporate before mixing the colour into the clay with a toothpick or fine pointed tool. A little bit of liquid clay and ink goes a long way, so use it sparingly. You can always add more ink or liquid clay later on.
Apply a thin layer of tinted liquid clay to your baked tiles. Experiment with removing some tint to reveal more of the flowers.
Once you are happy bake the pendant for 15 minutes at 130 degrees Celsius.