Silver Metal Clay Pendant

Dec 6, 2007

Silver Metal Clay Pendant 

   

This beautiful Silver Sea Stone pendant by Linda Kaye Moses is an advanced Precious Metal Clay (PMC) project from Step by Step Beads magazine. It uses a real stone for its shape. A textured sheet of metal clay is draped on each side of the stone, then the domed forms are joined to create a hollow bead. Download the full instructions.

 


Polymer Clay Rubber Stamped Beads by Beading Daily Readers

About a month ago, I asked for photos by readers of the polymer clay beads project that was featured on Beading Daily. I love how everyone took this basic technique and put her own unique spin on it. Here are some variations to inspire you: 

 

Beadwork and Stringing editorial assistant Debbie Blair created a small box full of beads. She used colored ink for stamping, rather than black. On some of her beads, she also added color outside of the stamped images, giving them a free-spirited look. These beads are also unglazed, so you can see the "just baked" matte finish.

 

Beading Daily reader Timaree used black Fimo, rather than the ivory clay used in the original. She colored the entire bead with Jacquard powders, giving the beads a strikingly modern look. She also varnished them, giving them a nice shine.

 

Beading Daily reader Jackie created striking, angular beads stamped with colored ink and strung them together in a reversible bracelet. I love the idea of reversible jewelry!

 

Of course, I couldn't resist trying this project either. I loved the way the black ink stood out against the ivory clay, so I made a simple stamped pendant without adding any colored powders. I'd love to tell you that I did some magical technique to get that subtle pink-orange coloring at the top, but the truth is, it started to burn! Yikes! I must have rolled the clay a bit too thin, since the round beads I created were fine. The pendant frame is an easy-to-open, square, 1 1/2" metal frame from the scrapbooking section of the craft store. On the back of the pedant, I added a piece of scrapbooking paper to give it a finished look.

 

Project Tips

If you're thinking of trying this project yourself, here are some tips from the project author, Carol Blackburn.

Q: Do you have to use Fimo Puppen, or can you use another type of clay?

A: You can use any clay, but Fimo Puppen clay gave a porcelain look which didn't need any finishing like sanding (and it was cheaper than regular polymer clay!)

Q: Do you have any special tips for controlling the iridescent powder? It seems to want to fly everywhere!

A: Just use a very little of the powder at a time and a small brush on the raw clay butterfly impression on the bead. After baking, I coat the powdered areas with acrylic floor finish and, when dry, I applied another coat of the same finish to the whole bead.

Q: Do you use a certain type of ink for stamping on clay? 

A: I use a water based Ranger Adirondack ink pad, but I think any ink pad will do.


An Interview with Carol Blackburn 

 

I'm always interested in learning how people got into beading. Carol Blackburn, author of Making Polymer Clay Beads, actually began her art career in the fiber world before discovering polymer clay. Learn what prompted that transition, plus read her advice on getting started with polymer clay. Read the full interview.

At left: Rorschach Twist by Carol Blackburn


Coming Next Week: Amy Clarke Moore offers instructions on how to make an ornament using bead embroidery.

Story Update: I just heard from reader Cathi Tessier who you may remember from the story "The Amazing Power of Beads." Today she is hoping to finally "return to her normal life," which if you've read her story, is probably one of the best gifts ever!


Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. She hopes that next year she'll find more time to experiment with metal clay.



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LyndyLou wrote
on Dec 7, 2007 12:58 PM
Is the ink used to stamp the beads special for this kind of project, or can I use rubber stamping inks?
ozbianca wrote
on Dec 7, 2007 6:09 PM
I've used armatures to dry clay shapes on as per Linda Kay Moses' Sea Stone Pendant. I have been experimenting with earthenware and porcelain hollow lentil beads,and I use my husband's golf balls to dry textured circles until leatherhard. Then I score the edges and slip together. The result is large ceramic beads which are surprisingly light and great to use in pieces. Using armatures is not just limited to precious metal clay, and really, one does not need expensive tools to be creative. I doubt my husband would agree though, he is always complaining his golf balls are missing from his caddy.
Capitolagirl wrote
on Dec 12, 2007 11:02 AM
This is a great project. I've just purchased some clay to start experimenting with, and seeing your beautiful project is an inspiration!