Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Work ‘n Bake Clay Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.
Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking; however please note that the baking times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.
CabochonStep1:Pour a small amount, about ½ tablespoon, of Clear Liquid Clay into 4 separate plastic measuring cups. Into one of the cups pour a small mount of the light and dark teal glitter. Use the toothpick to stir the glitter into the liquid clay. The mixture should have enough glitter in it to appear opaque. To test the mixture spread a small drop over a piece of paper. If you see a lot of the white of the paper you need to add more glitter. Once you have your mixture the way you want it, pour most of the glitter/liquid clay mix onto the ceramic tile. Use the thin piece of plastic to spread the liquid clay in a thin layer on the tile. Repeat this process with using mixtures of light and dark purple with liquid clay and light and dark green glitter in the liquid clay. Once you have all three glitter color mixtures spread on the tile bake the clay on the tile at 300 degrees for 10 minutes.
When you remove the tile from the oven set the tile on a heat proof surface. Turn on the heat gun and let it run for about a minute to get it warmed up. Once the heat gun is warmed up hold it about 3-4” above the surface of the tile and slowly wave it back and forth over the thin baked sheets of glitter/clay. The heat gun will clear up the liquid clay and make the surface glossy. After you finish using the heat gun let the tile cool completely.
Peel the sheets of glitter/liquid clay off of the tile. Use the scissors to cut the sheets of clay into small “shards”.
Place the cabochon mold into the shallow metal baking dish. Pour a little clear liquid clay into the largest round well. You want to fill the well to about ¼ of the depth. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 8 minutes at 300 degrees (F) or until the liquid clay has completely set. Remove from the oven and let cool
Squeeze a few drops of the clear liquid clay onto a small swatch of aluminum foil. Use the tweezers to pick up a shard of teal glitter clay sheet. Dredge the glitter shard through the clear liquid clay on the foil. Gently place the glitter shard onto the surface of the baked clay that is in the well in the cabochon mold. Make sure the shard piece is not touching the outside edge of the clay in the cabochon mold. Use your fingertip to press the shard of glitter clay onto the surface of the baked liquid clay in the cabochon mold. Liquid clay should squeeze out from under the shard of glitter clay all of the way around. The purpose of coating the glitter shard in liquid clay and pressing into place is to eliminate air bubbles and keep the glitter shard in place when more liquid clay is poured on top. Once you have as many glitter shards in place as you want add a few drops of liquid clay over the shards. Do not add too much liquid clay, the point is to cover the shards but still be able to see them. Recover the dish with the aluminum foil and bake at 300 for 8 minutes of until the liquid clay has set. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Repeat this process two more times; keep in mind that you will still need room left at the top of the mold to pour in a background color over the third layer of glitter shards. The second layer is the purple shards and the third layer is the green shards. After adding the green shards pour a very thin layer of clear liquid clay over them and bake. Make sure you cover the pan with the aluminum foil each time you bake.
Add black glitter to the 4th plastic cup you poured clear liquid clay into back in Step 1. The mixture of black glitter and clear liquid clay needs to be very opaque. After you have the black glitter mixture made pour the mixture into the cabochon mold until it is level with the surface of the mold. Cover the dish with the foil and bake for 15 minutes. When the 15 minutes are up remove the dish from the oven. While the dish is still hot remove the foil, pop the cabochon out of the mold, and place the cabochon flat bottom down in the dish. Recover the dish the foil and bake for another 35 minutes. As soon as you take the dish out of the oven remove the foil and use the heat gun to make the cabochon fully clear and glossy on the surface. Set the dish with the cabochon to the side to let cool; do NOT try to lift the cabochon out of the dish while still warm. Note: The longer the cabochon is left in the oven, out of the mold, the less time it will take to clear up using the heat gun.
BezelStep 1:Condition ½ block of the Purple Pearl. Roll out a thin sheet, that has no streaks, that is about 2.5” square. Center the sheet of clay over the largest circle in the bezel mold. Gently press the sheet of clay into the groove that makes the bezel wall. Roll a snake of Purple Pearl that is about 1/8” in diameter and long enough to wrap all of the way around the groove. Press the snake into the groove.
After the snake of clay is pressed firmly into the groove fold the excess sheet of clay up over the opening of the bezel cavity and press firmly into place.
Hold the Super Slicer Blade parallel to the surface of the bezel mold and slowly slice the excess clay away so the clay packed into the mold is level with the surface of the mold. Set the mold with clay inside to the side to be baked later in the project.
Assembling the pendantStep 1:Reduce the oven temperature to 275 degrees. Condition 1/2 of the block of Black and roll out a medium thin sheet of clay. Fold the sheet of clay in half and cut out two 7/16” tear drops and one 3/8” tear drop. Use the plastic bristle paint brush to paint a thin coat of the remaining green glitter/liquid clay mix on top of two 7/16” size teardrops. Wipe the brush clean and paint a thin coat of the remaining teal glitter/liquid clay mix on top of the remaining 3/8” size teardrop. Bake these 3 teardrop pieces along with the Purple Pearl bezel for 15 minutes. Set the bezel piece to the side to cool. Use the heat gun to clear up the glitter/liquid clay mix on top of the teardrops
Roll the remaining Black clay into a thin sheet and place it onto an index card. Rub a thin coat of Bake ‘N Bond onto the back of the bezel and press it onto the sheet of Black clay. Rub a think coat of Bake ‘N Bond onto the back of the cabochon and press it into the bezel.
Pick up the teal glitter coated teardrop, rub a coat of Bake ‘N Bond onto the back, and place the rounded end against the edge of the bezel. Press the teardrop firmly onto the Black sheet of clay. Rub a thin coat of Bake ‘N Bond onto the remaining two teardrops and place one on each side of the teal teardrop. Press the teardrops firmly onto the sheet of Black clay.
Use the craft knife to cut around the edge of the pendant. Remove the excess clay from around the pendant piece. Bake the assembly for 15 minutes and let cool completely.
To find the middle of the top of the pendant start from the tip of the teal teardrop and measure straight across the pendant to the top. Use a pencil to mark the center of the edge. Place the tip of the pin drill onto the pencil mark and drill a shallow hole.
Pick up and hold the screw-eye with the small tweezers. Place the top if the screw into the hole and twist the pendant onto the screw-eye. Twist the pendant back off of the screw-eye, add a tiny dab of super glue onto the point of the screw-eye and twist the pendant back onto the screw-eye. Set the pendant to the side and let the glue set completely. Once the glue is set slide the pendant onto the neck wire
NOTE:When shopping for the neck wire piece make sure what you select has an open-ended wire on one side. You will need to be able to thread the pendant onto the wire. The here shows the type of closure chosen for this project. The great thing about this style is that you can make several pendants and swap them on and off of this neck wire.