This project gives a new twist to the stained glass look. Create a beautiful pendant or a little decor for you walls!
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. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130°C) for 15 minutes per ¼" (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.
Condition about three-quarters of a package each of premo! White Frost Translucent and Black. Condition about an eighth of a package of each of the other colors.
Create the custom color for the pendant by combining the translucent with a small amount of white glitter (or white) clay and a small amount colored clay. You will be creating 3 different custom colors- Blue, Green, and Red. For each color smash the translucent, white glitter and color together. Then rip the clay and stack it and flatten it again. Repeat this step several times to mix the color and the translucent so that they are blended together. Don’t over work the clay, you want to see some streaks.
Roll the new colors into balls. You should have a ball of Blue, Green and Red.
Make the background of your pendant by creating a sheet of blue clay. Flatten the blue ball of clay and run it through the Clay Conditioning Machine. Using your Super Slicer, trim the sheet into a shape that you would like to have for your pendant–you can make whatever shape amuses you.
Create colored canes for the leaves and flowers. Roll the green and red colored balls separately into logs.
Using your Clay Conditioning Machine, roll out a sheet of black clay on medium thin setting. Lay the sheet flat on your work surface.
Set one of the clay logs on the sheet of black clay. Use your Super Slicer to slice the black clay on both sides of the log to make sure the black sheet is the same width as your log. Roll up the log in the black clay, cut off the excess and match up the seam. Smooth the seam with your fingers. Do the same for the other colored log.
Shape the green cane into leaves by cutting the cane in half, widthwise. Reduce one half of the cane to make it thinner, keep the other half the same size. Create the leaf shape by pinching the cane to make the top and both pointy while leaving the middle of the leaf thicker. Do this with both cane size so you will have a big leaf and a small leaf. Use the Super Slicer to make slices of the cane, your slices should be about the thickness of a dime. Press the cane slices onto the blue background.
Shape the red cane into flower petals by reducing the cane into a long thin log.
To make the cane easier to manage you can cut off sections to make the canes shorter. When the cane is reduced to your liking, pinch just one end into a point to turn the cane into a teardrop shape. Use the Super Slicer to slice off several petals from the cane, the slices should be about the thickness of a dime.
Arrange the petals in a circle, with the narrow pointed parts of each petal in the center. Slice off as many petals as you need to create the circle. Your flower can lay flat on the background, or you can add some 3-D to the look with petals sticking out to make a more open flower.
Roll out a thin snake of black clay to create the stem. Free form the snake and press it onto your background to connect the flower to the leaves.
Add the look of stained glass lines by rolling out thin snakes of black clay and press them onto the surface of the background. Make sure they enhance the design by creating pleasing lines. You don’t need too many.
Create a border around your pendant by rolling out a few more thin black snakes. Roll them out to the desired thickness and then press them firmly along the sides of your piece, and trim off any excess. You can add swirls and flourishes to enhance the finished piece this can make the border more interesting.
Add hangers to your pendant by taking some thin black snakes and creating an arch or small loops on the top of your piece. You can make any shape that will give you a place to string/hang your piece later will be fine. Make sure these snakes are pressed firmly to attach.
This step is optional if you want to add a little shine to your piece. Start by spreading a thin layer of Bake & Bond™ on the top of the unbaked clay. Spread the where Bake & Bake™ on the areas where you want the glitter will go. Use your fingertip (or a tool) to apply a touch of glitter onto the Bake&Bond™. Once the clay is baked, the glitter will be permanently attached. Use the glitter colors that you think will enhance each section of the pendant, don’t use too much a highlight, not the main attraction.
Bake on an oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F for 30 minutes per ¼" thickness. Do not use microwave oven. Do not exceed baking temperature or recommended baking time. All baking should be completed by an adult. Wash hands after use.