About the author
Heidi Helyard has been working with polymer clay for just over 2 years now after working in the fibre art world. Heidi considers her jewellery collections to be small-scaled, one-off pieces of wearable art. The fact that each piece is unduplicated and unique is really important to her. Each pendant, earring or bowl is a limited edition – collectable and precious, completely individual piece, and the polar opposite of the mass-produced fashion jewellery flooding the market. Heidi is constantly experimenting with this wonderful medium, and is a big believer in failure in order to discover new things!
Materials & Tools:
• Circle cutters: 55 mm, 25 mm, 20 mm, 15 mm and 9 mm
• Arch cutter: 25 x 30 mm
• Premo silver
• Premo antique gold
• Premo graphite pearl
• An LC Microstencil of your choice
• Craft glue and toothpick
• Tissue blade
• Scrap paper
• Acrylic roller
• 2x 10 mm black jumprings
• Black cotton cord
• Drill (hand or rotary)
• 1.5 mm and 3 mm drill bits
Condition some Premo silver clay and roll it out to be around 4 mm thick. Burnish it to adhere it to your tile.
Scrunch up a small piece of paper and press it into the surface of the clay. Rotate the ball of paper to get a random pattern. Press quite firmly.
Take your tissue blade and carefully slice the top layer of the pattern away. We are creating a mica shift pattern.
Take your acrylic roller and start to roll the small slab, flattening the pattern. Be sure to pick up and rotate the clay after each roll. Roll the clay to be about 3 mm thick.
You may wish to carefully put it through your pasta machine though this is not necessary.
Cut out one large 55 mm circle.
Then out of that circle, cut out 3 small circles 1x 20 mm and 2x 10 mm.
Condition and roll out to about 4 mm thick some antique gold and graphite pearl clay to about 4 mm thick. Texture it with a Microstencil but carefully rolling the stencil into the clay with your acrylic roller. Use even but firm pressure.
Cut a 25 mm circle from the textured gold clay and an arch from the graphite pearl clay. Cure all your (3) pieces of clay.
Use 400 – 600 grit wet and dry sandpaper and sand the edges only (not the top) of all your pieces.
Start to look at your chosenMicrostencil design behind the large circle and decide how you want it to look. Cut out a small section of the Microstencil.
Once you are happy with the position of the piece of stencil then drop a few drops of fast drying craft glue on the stencil to keep it in position.
Roll a small amount of gold clay very thin, about 1 mm thick and cut out a 25 mm circle.
Carefully place the gold circle over the middle hole and press AROUND the edge of the circle to secure the clay.
Then gently with a small finger press into the clay to create a small mound.
Clean up and smooth the back of the gold clay as much as you wish.
Roll out a piece of graphic pearl very thinly, about 1mm if you can. Cut a large 55mm circle out of it.
Lay your pendant over the thins clay and using a stylus tool, make small marks to show where the small and large circles are. Cut those out.
Align the two circle holes and then press the thin piece of clay on the back of the pendant, working the clay to adhere to the cured pendant. Smooth the clay out, or you may wish to texture it with a sponge.
Trim the edges with a knife.
Smooth down all the edges. When you are happy, cure the pendant piece again.
Drill 3 x 1.5mm holes and 1x 3mm hole into the pieces. You can use a hand held drill or a rotary drill.
Connect all your pieces with the 2 jump rings, and thread some cotton cord through the top hole and finish it as you please. Your pendant is now complete!
Optional extra steps:
You may wish to paint a very thin layer of LC Glassymer onto both sides of the stencil before the final curing.
You may like to smear some black clay around the edge of the large circle to finish it off.
You may like to add a background colour behind the stencil rather than having it transparent. You would add that before adding the thin backing piece of clay over the whole large circle.
You may want to rub some Renaissance wax onto the pieces.
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LC MICRO STENCILS
LC Microstencils are thin patterns made of heat-resistant cardboard which you can integrate into 3D project, you can draw on it a simple color plan using LC GLASSYMER, fill the empty gaps with different colors. These stencils are heat-resistant and were designed for a very efficient, yet simple decorating of polymer clay.
• Patterns can be cured in an oven with polymer clay.
• Can be used only once (integrated into a project) or reused several times times.
• May be rolled, cut, glued, painted, backed.
• Dozens of different patterns available for every taste.
• Can be used in dozens of different projects – from making impressions and backfilling to creating complex 3D pieces with stained glass technique.