Step 1: Where Do I Start?
Select and mix your desired polymer clay color.
In my example I tried to come close to the color of the beads I was using in my necklace.
Blending polymer is a trial and error process for me. If you are making a pendant that will just be strung on cord, you can mix the polymer to whatever color you wish.
You should print out a 1x2 domino size graphic. I print mine on gloss photo paper. You must make sure the ink is dry and water resistant before you cover it with any gloss. If your ink is not water resistant, you can use public laser printers to print out your graphic designs or spray your printout lightly with a sealant.
Graphic designs can be designed by you or purchased over the internet. Nature’s Sol does sell digital graphic downloads.
Step 2: Size Up Your Clay.
Do not press the graphic into the clay. Just simply lay it on the clay.
Step 3: Shape the Domino.
Cure the polymer. I sand the edges when the gloss step is complete to the finished size I desire.
Step 4: Prepare Tile for Gloss.
Tape around the outer edge of the polymer tile. I do this so that the gloss does not run off the edges of the tile.
I use scotch tape. You can use any tape which is easy to remove when done.
Step 5: Pour Lisa Pavelka Magic-GlosÂ®.
Step 6: Time to Cure Gloss.
But use whatever you are comfortable with and that which gives you the finished effect you desire.
Step 7: Check Out the Cured Gloss.
Step 8: Sand It Down.
Make sure all edges are smooth. Lumps and bumps will be emphasized with a finishing gloss. Make sure the back is smooth. You can also round the corners or leave them square. Choose the look you want.
Step 9: Attach the Bail.
Directions on how to make a hoop bail can be found at www.wigjig.com under Jewelry Making Skills. This is a great website if you want to find out anything about wire crafting and jewelry.
Step 10: Last Layer of Gloss
I've also heard that ModPodge will work as well. I have not used ModPodge on jewelry but I have noticed they have made many new formulas for different applications. I would love to hear about your experiences with ModPodge.
Step 11: Finished Pendant
Step 12: Ready to String.
The finished pendant is 1x2 inches. You can make a pendant in any shape or size you wish. I used blue delica beads with the green beads to bring out the blue flower in the pendant’s graphic.
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