DIY Clay Pendants

This was originally written for and posted on my wedding blog, but it’s such a great crafty DIY, I need to share it here too. :)

As promised, today we’ll be sharing a tutorial on DIY clay pendants. Wait, wait, wait! Don’t leave! I know making anything with clay sounds like a daunting task, but believe it or not, these are really easy to make!

First, you’ll need a few things. You might already have some of these:

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  • rolling pin
  • baking sheet
  • wax paper
  • aluminum foil
  • cookie cutters or clay cutters
  • rubber stamp of your choice
  • sculpey polymer clay
  • sculpey glaze (optional)
  • acrylic paint (optional)
  • paint brushes (optional)

If you don’t know about Sculpey, then this is going to blow your mind. Sculpey is an awesome clay that you can bake in your kitchen oven. No kiln needed! I don’t recommend making cups or pots or anything with it, but for smaller things that you aren’t going to eat off of, it’s perfect! My package of Sculpey shown is already open (sorry), and I’ve decided to use white for this demonstration so I can also show you what it looks like painted. Oh, did I mention this clay comes in about a million colors some of which are GLITTERY? Oh yes, my friends!

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Ok, on to the good stuff!

  • Lay out some wax paper. A 12″ piece should probably do it.
  • Grab a chunk of clay. (Sculpey comes pre-sectioned kindof, so I start with 3 or 4 sections of the brick.) Knead it a little and roll it into a ball.
  • Roll out your little clay ball. You don’t want it to be too thin. Of course, it doesn’t have to be exact or perfect. Roll it out to whatever thickness you feel appropriate for a pendant.
  • Now you’ll need your cutters and your stamps. IMPORTANT: Stamp first, cut after. If you stamp after cutting the shapes out, they’ll squish and lose their form.
  • After cutting, peel away the excess carefully.
  • Next, spread aluminum foil over a baking sheet. This is to protect your pan from the clay.
  • Carefully peel your clay pieces off of the wax paper and place them on the foil. (I suppose you could make this easier by rolling, stamping, and cutting on the foil, but I find that I end up ripping the foil and getting weird “crease wrinkles” in my clay. Wax paper is a nicer surface to work on, in my opinion. ;)
  • Now, you need to poke holes if you’re wanting to use these as pendants. I used a straw here. With you pendants still laying flat, stick the straw through to the bottom and twist.

Time to bake!  Follow the instructions for baking found on the package. I’m not sure if it’s the same for the metallic or other brands. (Preheat your oven to 275. Bake for 15 minutes.)

After the pendants have cooled, you’ll be able to paint them if you like. I quite like them unpainted, but painting them is fun and can yield some cool looking results. When I paint my clay pieces, I like to do a faux ceramic look. For this you’ll need acrylic paint, brushes, and sculpey glaze. I like the high gloss glaze, but there is matte available as well.

To get a faux ceramic look, I paint into the recessed areas where I stamped, let it dry a little (not all the way!), and then wipe the excess paint with a wet paper towel.

Next, you need to apply the high gloss glaze. It’s really very simple, just paint it on after the acrylic paint is completely dry. Reapply after 30 minutes until you get the look you want!

 

 

 

 

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