Beading / Jewelry

Glittery Textured Spiral Pendant

By  Linda Hess 

size: 2-1/2" across

  • Glittery Textured Spiral Pendant

Materials

  • Premo! Sculpey polymer clay (Polyform Products): Black; White; Sea Green; Gold; Violet
  • Black satin cording
  • Gold ultra-fine glitter

Tools

  • Clay texture sheets: Molding Mats Jumbo Swirl Blocks (Clearsnap); Set B Dot plate (Makin’s Clay)
  • Copper Metallic Accent Wax (Terra Bella Finishes)
  • Translucent Liquid Sculpey Bakable Transfer & Color Medium (Polyform Products)
  • Clay-dedicated tools: pasta machine (PM); straight blade; #1 or #2 metal knitting needle
  • 1. Follow package directions to condition half-block Black clay. Flatten and roll through PM setting #1, then #3. Cut clay in half. Texture one piece with Jumbo Swirls; cut 1"x2 piece. Texture other piece with dots; cut 1" square.

    Fig. 1


    Fig. 2


    Fig. 3
  • 2. See "Skinner Blend Technique" to prepare clay. See "Jellyroll Cane Technique" to roll cane.
  • 3. Roll small amount Black clay through PM #2; place clay on work surface. Cut thin cane slices and cover Black clay, filling all gaps; see Fig. 4.

    Fig. 4
  • 4. Roll cane-covered sheet through PM #1. Turn sheet 90° and roll on #2. Turn and roll on #3. Cut 1" square.
  • 5. Roll smooth sheet of Black clay on PM #2. See Fig. 5 to place elements on sheet so they touch. Gently press clay pieces to base. Cut curved shield shape from clay. Bake at 275° for 15 minutes; let cool.

    Fig. 5
  • 6. In disposable cup, mix small amount Liquid Sculpey with glitter. Spread over swirled texture. Rub wax over dot texture, wipe away excess with paper towel. See Fig. 6.

    Fig. 6
  • 7. Apply Liquid Sculpey to pendant edges. Roll Black clay on PM #3 and cut 1/4" strip long enough to wrap pendant edges, beginning and ending at center top.
  • 8. Roll very thin log of Black clay and press to center seam; trim. Rub wax over clay. Roll six tiny clay balls and press to remaining seam with tip of knitting needle.
  • 9. Cut 1" square from leftover clay, press 1/4" black strips to sides and wrap around knitting needle; press ends together. With needle in place, press bezel to top of pendant. Create 3/4" round bead in same way.
  • 10. Bake at 275° for 30 minutes; let cool. Tie cording through bezel and bead.
  • Skinner Blend Technique
  • 1. Condition equal amounts of green, gold and purple clay; roll each through PM setting #1. See Fig. 1. Flatten edges and overlap clay sheets 1-1/4". See Fig. 2. Roll clay through PM #1; fold in half with like colors touching. Place clay fold down into PM and roll again. Repeat 10 or 20 times to blend.
  • Jellyroll Cane Technique
  • 1. Condition equal amounts Black and White clay. Roll each into log, flatten and roll through PM #1, then #2. Stack sheets and roll through PM #1 to #4. Place sheet white side down on top of Skinner Blend sheet. Roll sheet lengthwise through PM #1 to #3, beginning at green or purple end. Do not fold clay between rolls. With colored side up, tightly roll clay into jellyroll. Roll cane against work surface to smooth seam; firmly squeeze along length to reduce size. Roll and lengthen to 3/4" diameter. See Fig. 3.