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.
Mix the clay color by adding 2 parts of the Yellow Gold Glitter to 1 part of the Burnt Orange. (NOTE: I like to use a cutter to help me get the right amount of clay for a mix. I prefer to use the Sculpey round 2 inch cutter for this).
Sheet the mixed color out on the #3 (middle) setting on the Clay Conditioning Machine and position the positive version of the large arch on the clay. Put the sheet on the smooth tile (press it down lightly) and use the craft blade to carefully trim around it.
While the smooth tile helps hold the clay in place while we trace the stencil, now we need to remove the clay without damaging or stretching the design. I like to use my Clay Blade for this and I just slide it underneath the design and pick it up and transfer to the baking sheet.
Once the clay has been transferred to the baking sheet, use the needle tool in the clay tool set to make your holes to suspend the pendant. Put the metal arch in place and make your holes to match the holes in the metal arch. Bake as directed above.
When the clay has baked and cooled, we can assemble the pendant as shown, using the jewelry pliers to open and securely close the jump rings.
I chose to use a longer chain on my pendant, so I just used a jump ring to attach the two ends together – no clasp required!
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