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Sculpey Soufflé™ Koi Faux Stone Pendant

Sculpey Soufflé™ Koi Faux Stone Pendant

Designed by Lauren Medina
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Sculpey Soufflé™ Koi teams up with Sculpey Premo™ Translucent and Pale Blue to create this unique marbled pendant that will accent a surprising number of your favorite outfits! TIME TO COMPLETION:40-50 minutes to make and 30 minutes to bake
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Project Instructions

Step 1

    Getting Started:
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.

    Baking (also called Curing):
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake/cure 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/curing; however please note that the baking/curing 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.

Step 2

Create two stout logs in Soufflé Koi and Premo Pale Blue. Adjust the opacity of each color by adding more or less translucent clay to your mix. I added a pea-sized amount of translucent clay to both my orange and blue.
Roll out a thin snake of translucent clay and completely wrap it in gold foil. It should stick to the clay without adding any adhesives.
photo shows logs of clay

Step 3

Roughly chop using your clay blade. I prefer having a mixture of small, medium, and large chunks. The larger pieces will be more prominent in your final design.
photo shows mixed stack of clay chunks

Step 4

Mix all of the chunks and form a ball. Compress well to ensure there aren’t any gaps. If you want to create swirls, roll the ball in your hands. You can repeat the chopping and compressing process to create further marbling and unique blends/patterns.

Artist tip: To create borders or rocky veins between each chunk add white acrylic paint. Coat each piece, then compress. Let the acrylic paint completely dry, then proceed to the rest of the steps.
photo shows mixed chunks

Step 5

Use Sculpey’s bakeable silicone mold with the midsize teardrop shape to start your stone’s form. Depending on how much clay you’ve mixed, you should have enough for a few stones at this size.

Don’t waste that beautiful mix - you can make matching earrings and various faux stones for future projects.
photo shows using mold to shape the clay

Step 6

If you wish, you can use your fingers, gently form your teardrop into a more natural, asymmetrical shape. Don’t worry about the fingerprints - we will buff those away in the next step.

If you don’t plan to use a jewelers drill after baking/curing, then use a needle tool to add holes to the top and bottom of your shape for assembly after baking.

Bake according to the directions in step 1 above.
photo shows reshaped stone

Step 7

After baking, sand your stone using 600 grit micro-finishing sandpaper. After a few minutes, switch to 1200 grit. Once you’ve removed all fingerprints and created a uniform surface you’re ready for buffing! For a brilliant, natural-looking gloss finish use a cotton polishing wheel attachment and setting 4 or 5 on your Dremel for about 10 mins.

Optional: If you don’t have a Dremel tool, apply UV resin or Sculpey Gloss Glaze to your sanded piece.
photo shows as described

Step 8

To assemble you’ll need: an 18-inch gold chain, one 4 mm gold jump ring, two 7 mm gold jump rings, one gold connector, a tassel and your faux stone.

Use your jewelers (or modelers) hand drill to drill one hole at the top and one hole at the bottom of your stone to attach your 7 mm jump rings.
photo shows as described

Step 9

Attach your 4 mm jump ring to your gold chain.
Attach your gold connector to the 4mm jump ring.
Sandwich your stone between the gold connector and your tassel.
You may need an additional jump ring but my tassel came with one.
Admire your job well done!

Artist tip: You may need a larger jump ring if your stone is thicker - it’s a good idea to have a few different sizes on hand.
photo shows finished pendant