Polymer clay that looks like dichroic glass? Yes it is possible – don’t worry we’ll never tell!
Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4” (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Using the Clay Conditioning Machine on #7 setting, make a sheet of Black clay. Using the Round pendant finding, make an impression in the Black sheet of clay. Using the toothpick spread a small amount of the Bake and Bond adhesive onto the round pendant finding. Using the craft knife, cut out the circle pattern and glue into the round pendant finding.
Carefully open the silver leaf package and lift a leaf out. Place the leaf onto the black clay and press lightly; it should adhere to the clay when you press. Tear away the leaf, leaving it only on the clay circle. If some of it comes off take a small piece of leaf and replace it.
Using the Super Slicer blade make an indentation into the circle, just off center. Make the indentation deep but not all the way to the bottom of the bezel. Make another indentation in the half circle
The indentations will now be filled in with small strips of the black clay. This will give the pendant a dichroic look and will also prevent your ink from running together. Using the clay machine, roll out a sheet of Black clay. Using the Super Slicer, cut a thin strip. Lay it across the indentations you made in the pendant and cut to size. Do this for both the indentations you made in Step 3.
Alcohol inks dry out in the paint palette pretty quickly so you’ll have to replenish your ink supply as you go. It’s important to have a fine brush so that you don’t leave streaks in the ink and the leaf. Note: alcohol inks will stain the pendant finding. Be careful to keep the pendant finding clean. Using the Wild Plum ink, paint the large section of your pendant. After you have covered the entire section, let it dry for about 2 minutes. Clean your brush with the alcohol and towel. Wet the towel with alcohol and clean the brush with the damp cloth. Using the Citrus ink, paint the upper right section of the pendant, let it dry for about 2 minutes. Clean your brush with the alcohol and towel. Using the Cool stream ink, paint the lower right section of the pendant, let it dry for about 2 minutes. Clean your brush with the alcohol and towel.
After all sections are dry, paint them again. Be careful not to let the inks bleed into another section, don’t load the brush to heavy with ink. Wipe any excess ink off the sides of the bezel with your alcohol and towel.
Using the Clay Conditioning Machine on #7 setting, make a sheet of Black clay. Using the Super Slicer cut a 1 inch square place a piece of silver leaf onto the clay. If you have a 1/4 inch square cutter, you can use this to cut out your squares, if not, use the Super Slicer and ruler to cut out your squares. As in the Step 5, paint your squares, one Cool Stream and one Citrus.
Let them dry for 2 minutes and then place them onto the pendant with a small dab of the Bake and Bond. Bake the pendant for 30 minutes at 275 °F (130 °C).
Place the pendant on a piece of wax paper in case of spills. Make sure you’re working in a well ventilated area. Use about ¼ of an inch of the resin in the applicator tube. To mix the resin, use a wooden stir stick and a disposable plastic cup. Following the directions on the resin package, mix and stir the resin, let it rest for 5 minutes before pouring onto the pendant. Slowly pour the resin onto the pendant and spread with the wooden stir stick. Let dry completely.
Using the jump ring provided with the finding set, attach the pendant to the cord.