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Liquid Clay Art Nouveau Inspired Iris Pendant Necklace

I find my garden a constant source of inspiration. The Art Nouveau movement also took cues from nature and wove them into lovely sensuous forms. Pate de verre was featured in much Art Nouveau jewelry. It was created with glass ground down and refired in molds to give the appearance of opaque stones. Using liquid PEARL polymer, tinted with alcohol inks, I created a pendant necklace piece of multiple molded pieces with a nod to pate de verre.   Design by Mari O'Dell Note: Mari used premo! Pear, Antique Gold and Souffle Poppy Seed.
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X-acto knife, modeling tools, paint brushes, curing tile, Card stock for templates, Alcohol inks (in your choice of colors), something to texture the back of the piece (I use 3M pool tread ), 5 eye pins, a length of interesting chain, a closure finding, Optional: Polymer Clay Express A.C.E. extruder MAG 1 & MAG 4 extruder disks (Mari's Asian Garden disks)

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Getting StartedPolymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. 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 30 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 Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Create your pendant templates out of card stock. Condition the premo! Pearl clay and sheet on the #3 setting (or about 1/8"). Place on the curing tile and cut out the template shapes.
I extruded both the iris flower shape and the greenery for the bottom bead with my A.C.E. extruder and the disks I designed , but you could easily sculpt these yourself. I cut the iris stem and branching leaves from a sheet. Small cutters can be used as well! of pearl PREMO. I then attached them to the pendant shapes.
Place a small amount of Pearl liquid Sculpey in paper cups, one for each color you want. Add drops of alcohol inks to create the colors, add a bit of clay softener to each color to help with flow.
Using a small paint brush, begin by painting the background areas. Clean the brush and work on adding color to all the pendant pieces. Cure in a pre-heated 275 degree oven for 40 minutes. Allow to cool.
While the pieces are curing, condition the premo! Accents Gold and Souffle Poppy Seed clays (use about 2 parts Gold to 1 part Poppy Seed) to create a bronze color. Sheet on a #3 or 1/8" sheet and texture one side with the pool tread. Set, texture side down, on a curing tile.
Prepare the eye pins by considering how they will need to be placed so that the pendant elements will hang well. Make bends in them so that they will not pull out of the cured pieces. Position the cured pieces on the backing clay and lightly mark their positions. Place some Bake and Bond on the raw backing clay and place the eye pins in place. Top with the cured elements and trim away excess clay. Cure in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. Allow to cool.
Roll bronze clay into a #3 sheet and cut into strips for the edges of the pendant pieces. Apply Bake and Bond to the cured edges of the pendant pieces and attach the bronze strips. Trim and smooth edges. Cure for 30 minutes.
Open eye pins, as needed ,to join pendant pieces. Attach chain and closure.