Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work 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 1/4" (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.
Roll Apricot clay to desired thickness. I rolled to a setting #4 on my pasta machine.
Crumple foil tightly, then unroll and create a wrinkled sheet of foil. Place the clay sheet onto the foil, then roll it with a clay roller to transfer the crumpled pattern to the back of the sheet.
Flip sheet over, place foil on the top and roll over it to texture the top of the sheet of clay.
Place the template over the clay sheet, use the craft knife to cut 1 of the larger leaf shapes, 2 medium, and 4 small.
Use the pointed end of the Etch & Pearl tool to draw a line from the tip to the top of the leaf shape.
Use the tool to add lines on either side of the center line to mimic leaf veining.
Use the tip of the tool to add texture to the outer edges of the leaves.
Gently pinch the flat top of the leaves inward.
Carefully make a hole through the pinched section with the tool. Be sure your hole is large enough for the ring(s) you plan to use for your pendant.
Bake the leaves according to manufacturer instructions. Let cool.
To create an “antiqued/whitewashed effect,” apply white acrylic paint to the leaves.
Let it set briefly then use a paper towel to wipe away the excess paint, leaving just the paint in the indented areas.
Begin with the largest leaf. Add it to one of the large copper rings, with wooden beads on either side to accent the leaf.
Add 3 medium jump rings to the top of the ring, then add the second large ring.
Add one of the medium leaves to each side of the ring, with wooden beads on either side.
Add 3 medium jump rings to the top of the ring, then add the third large ring.
Add the 4 small leaves to the top ring, with the wooden beads between them as desired.
Add 3 large jump rings to the center of the top ring.
Insert 3 strands of ivory satin cording through the 3 rings added in Step 16. Add closure.
Here's a closeup look at my final pendant