Materials and Tools
• Pasta machine/Roller
• Tool for making a hole (here hand chuck)
• Cookie cutters of your choice (here circles 5cm/2″ and 2.3cm/0.9″)
• Black and white clay, a brand of your choice
• Strong glue/scissors
• Sponge for texturing
• LC Czextruder and LC Disk 7
• 1 LC Microstencil of your choice
• Half-sphere metal baking mold
• Graph paper/baking paper
• Various pearls (according to your taste)
• Pliers for bending and cutting
• Sandpaper 320, 600 and 1000
• Stainless steel memory wire for a bracelet
• Chain (here black)
• Black copper wire (here 0.5mm/0.19″)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Handy since forever (knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, quilling …) I was fascinated by polymer
clay, discovered by chance with one of my sisters during our meetings “DIY family holidays”.
Seeing all its possibilities and unexpected results, I call it a “magic clay”!!
I have more and more fun working with it and improving my technique at workshops.
Combining clay with other media, imitating materials, creating new colors … all that fascinates
me. And I love to create unique pieces.
I get inspired by everything around me… the seasons, the wishes, the moods…
My greatest pleasure is to see that people enjoy wearing my creations… I had fun creating
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Condition the clay, extrude through the Disk 7 first white, then black clay. Cut in short pieces (here 5cm/2″).
“Fit” the pieces as in the photo, press gently with the fingers to “seal” pieces without distorting them.
Cut in thin slices (about 1 mm) with the blade.
“Fit” the slices to get a sheet. Gently flatten with baking paper and roller, if necessary cut with a flexible blade so that the whole sheet is at the same level.
Cut with a bigger cutter (here 5cm/2″), place on the metal baking mould, then make a hole with a smaller cutter (here 2.3cm/0.9″) in the desired place.
Bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Cut the Microstencil according to the shape of the central hole and glue it with strong glue.
Run a sheet of white clay through the pasta machine at a medium thickness (here Atlas setting 4), texture it with a sponge by pressing it well with a roller.
Turn the sheet over (textured side on the work surface), place the baked part on the sheet, but do not press and cut out using a scalpel.
Glue the 2 parts with liquid polymer.
Press well the edges using the sponge until it is pretty. Bake in the oven (according to the manufacturer’s instructions).
[If you want a nice shine, sand your piece with grains 320, 600 and 1000 then polish with flannel], here I sanded but I didn’t want too shiny so I covered with a thin layer of hand cream.
On the graph paper, mark points and drill 2 holes for memory wire. Using a drill, drill holes slightly larger than the diameter of the memory wire.
Pass the memory wire through the holes, string the pearls up to your taste.
With your pliers, make a loop on each side, and hook the opposite ends.
Decorate with the black copper wire according to your taste, string a black charm in the centre.
Here you are! The pendant is ready!
Download the tutorial in PDF for free: Checkerboard-necklace