These polymer clay pendants with phrases are so much fun to make, and so very satisfying because they say exactly what you want them to say!
If you want to get even more words to fit onto your pendants, just use slightly smaller images and really squeeze all the letters in together, not worrying about where the line breaks are.
The results will be interesting to look at, as it won’t be as readily apparent what they say, but will require the viewers to look a little bit more closely.
You’ll notice from the cover photo that I ended up using the nativity stamp after all, and was very pleased with the results.
Sometimes if you’re unsure you just have to go for it and see how it turns out!
If you find there are areas you aren’t thrilled with, such as the little flower in the upper left of my “give thanks” pendant, feel free to add sculptural elements to embellish and cover up.
The little flower I used (you can see it in the cover photo) is perhaps a bit big for the pendant. It was just something in my stash, but I think I need to sculpt one that’s a bit more in proportion.
To color the flower that the bird is holding I used a tiny detail brush dipped in water and then in a little bit of Inka Gold. It worked great for adding color and a bit of shimmer to small areas. (Gotta find more opportunities to play with those!)
Don’t forget that any projects decorated with Gilders paste should dry for at least 24 hours. Then you can buff them to a nice sheen. The product directions say to wait 12 hours but I have found that often that isn’t enough, perhaps because I put a lot of layers on mine.
Tools and Materials:
- Metal bezels
- Polymer clay
- Rubber stamps or cling stamps
- Letter stamps such as this metal stamp set
- Index card
- Needle tool
- Opaque pigment inks such as chalk inks
- Clay blade
- Detail paint brush
- Paint thinner or mineral spirits
- Inka Gold
- Gilders paste
Enjoy the video and happy creating!
Watch the Turn of Phrase Pendants Part 2 of 2-Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.