This makes a quick and easy pendant using a sheet of decorated clay, a cutter or two, plastic wrap and a texture sheet or stamps. I also had my usual tools on hand: a pasta machine, a blade, a roller
1. You’ll want to roll a sheet of your backing colour – I’m using the same colour as the base of the sheet of decorated clay but contrasting colours look cool too. Mine is rolled out to the thickest setting on the pasta machine. This will still make a very thin pendant. If you want a thicker one use two layers of backing clay.
2. Pick out a nice piece of clay fabric to work with. Cut a piece large enough from it to use for your pendant and smooth it down onto the sheet of plain, backing clay. Work from one side to the other as you lay it down so you don’t trap air.
3. Flip your clay over so the plain part is up. Add a little cornstarch or water to your texture sheet (water for me, with Premo. With Fimo, use a dry powder or mica) and place it on the plain clay. Using your hand to steady the sheet, roll over the texture and the clay smoothly or stamp the plain clay.
4. Flip the stack back over, decorated side up. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the stack, smoothly.
5. Smoothing out bubbles and wrinkles
6. Take the pendant cutter – a circle in my case – and press down where you’d like on the clay. The plastic wrap will neatly, smoothly bezel the edges of the pendant while it cuts.
7. Lift the plastic. Using the other, smaller cutter punch a hanging hole 1/4″ from the edge of the pendant.
8. The pendant with the hole.
9. The reverse side of the pendants, showing the texture. At this point, pop the pendant in the oven at the manufacturers recommended temperature and time.
10. After baking, I sanded the decorated flat part of the pendant and applied my usual shiny varnish (indoor formula, water based acrylic Rustoleum Varathane, great stuff!). The reverse, I brushed on a little brown paint, let it dry then sanded it lightly off. This antiques it a little and brings out the texture.
11. In keeping with the simple pendant theme, I knotted it onto a leather cord.