How to make a polymer clay pendant
There are few things I love more than creating a polymer clay pendant. From slicing the clay to that clear shiny resin finish I am in my happy place the entire way through. Join me as I walk you through the steps I take to create a polymer clay pendant.
Let’s start with the supplies
Purchasing the supplies needed to make a pendant are actually minimal. Technically, polymer clay is all you would need depending on how you create your pendant. For this polymer clay pendant I will also be using color shift mica powder, which my granddaughter refers to as “space dust”. I will finish off the pendant with UV resin before I add the findings. (Jewelry findings is an olde world term used to describe the components of jewelry)
Pictured is what I will need to get started.
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- Ceramic tile
- Clay cutter
- polymer clay
- paint brush
- mica powder
- Texture sheet
- Acrylic roller
- metal clay cutter (mine is heart shaped)
- UV light source and UV resin
- One toothpick
Optional items to use would be saran wrap, parchment paper, and pasta roller. I’ll explain why as I go through the process.
Let’s get started!
The only thing left to do is get started on our polymer clay pendant!
First, slice off a piece of clay. I’m using one ounce of black clay for this project. I’m using black because the color shift mica powder looks fantastic over the black.
Roll the clay through the pasta roller. If you don’t have a pasta roller you can just roll the clay with the acrylic roller. Roll the clay to about 6 mm thick.
My pasta roller only goes to three millimeters so once it’s rolled out I slice it in half and stack it to reach the 6 mm mark.
I lay the texture sheet onto the clay and press to create the imprint on the clay. Then remove the texture sheet.
When using the clay cutter to create the shape, if you use cling wrap between the clay and cutter, you will end up with a nice rounded edge on your piece.
Remove the excess clay from around the piece.
It’s time for the mica powder. Using the paint brush, apply the mica powder over the entire piece. Remove any excess powder.
Let’s bake the clay. (Always check the manufacturer’s instructions as each brand of clay may require different temperature and or time for baking) You can bake it right on the tile. In my case, I have a cookie sheet designated for my polymer clay baking.
Once baked, it may be necessary to sand the piece around the edges of the bottom. I use a 600-1200 grit sandpaper for this process.
Now let’s finish it off
There are a couple reasons you will want to varnish (in my case resin) the pendants. One reason is it really makes the piece pop with shine. But also, it helps to seal in the mica powder. If you wouldn’t put a coat of varnish over the mica powder it may rub off of the piece. For a more detailed look at how to resin you can click here “How to add UV resin to your pendant”.
Apply the resin to the side of the piece with a toothpick.
Apply it to the front of the piece and place in UV light. (I leave it in about 4 minutes)
Applying UV resin to the back of the piece is optional. Since we don’t have mica powder on the back it isn’t necessary to resin. However, I will usually resin the back of the polymer clay pendent.
Next step I will apply the findings. I use my pin vise hand drill to make a small hole in the top of the piece.
There are hundreds of finding options. In this demonstration I will use a very basic setup. But know there are many.
There you have it!
A beautiful new shiny polymer clay pendant. You will be the envy of all your friends wearing this beauty. (a picture will never do the resin shine justice)
Thank you for going through the process of making this pendant. I hope you can see how simple it can be and maybe you will want to try out creating with polymer clay. Feel free to leave a comment or any questions you may have down below. You can follow me on instagram to see all of my current and upcoming creations.
When rolling out your polymer clay on the ceramic tile, put some parchment paper under the clay to prevent it from sticking to the tile.