About the author
Due to improperly chosen fields of study and three children, I became a housewife. About ten years ago I discovered the magic of polymer clay and five years ago, when the last “bird” left the family nest, I became addicted. Since then I have been playing with polymer clay and I having a great time almost constantly.
Materials and tools:
• Acrylic paints
• Liquid polymer clay translucent
• Cookie cutters – 3 cm / 1.18′′ diameter circle and 6 x 6 cm / 2.36 x 2.36′′ square
• Instant glue
• 2 beading needles 20 mm / 0.78′′
• Jewelry pliers
• Texture sponge, foam sponge, toothpick, sandpaper
Run conditioned polymer clay of white color (here slightly tinted to the tone of the acrylic paint used) through a pasta machine at the medium setting (Imperia No. 3) and place it on a glass tile. Place the Microstencil on the clay and gently roll over with an acrylic roller. Cut off the edges and apply acrylic paint (I used a foam sponge), remove the stencil and rinse it immediately with water.
Extrude black clay using LC Czextruder.
Place one square on the top of the other one, place a piece of a black extrusion between 2 squares, repeat with 2 other squares. Press the squares carefully one against another using baking paper.
Repeat the same procedure for both pairs of squares.
Cover the result with baking paper and gently smooth it with your finger or roller to join the parts together.
Cut the sheet off the glass, then (still on the glass tile) center the sheet on the grid and cut out 2 shapes – inner and outer (as in photo). Remove the excess clay and carefully place it on the baking tile (I moved it with the central part in order to minimize deformation). Clean the edges with a scalpel and bake for 15 minutes at 130°C / 266°F.
After cooling, coat the entire color area and the edges with liquid polymer to fix the ink and wrap the inner and the outer edge. Bake again at 130°C / 266°F for 15 minutes.
Glue the LC Microstencils from the back with instant glue. Glue gradually from one corner to the other. (Use a toothpick to apply the glue. Do not touch your fingers!)
Run conditioned black polymer clay through a pasta machine (Imperia No.4), texture it, cut a circle with the same cutter as white clay and place it on the tile (textured side down). Coat the backside of the piece (only around the LC Microstencil) with liquid polymer and press against the textured black piece. Use a scalpel to trim the excess of clay.
Bend the beading needles with pliers to a right angle. Using the tip of the scalpel, gently move the two layers of the pendant apart and insert the needle so that only the loop peeks out. Press the two layers against each other, clean the edges with a scalpel and bake again for 15 minutes. The finished pendant can be varnished again.
Procedure and tools are very similar (instead of circle cutter use a square with 2cm/0.79′′edgeandasquarecutter5x5 cm/2×2′′). Cut the smaller square once the pieces have been joined, this eliminates the hemming of the inner part.
Download PDF tutorial for free: spring-pendants-vera-sulcova