While I love to use stamps in a lot of my artwork, I think I have the most fun stamping clay. This pendant project is especially easy when you use epoxy clay. Epoxy clay is a non-toxic, two part epoxy putty. It comes in many colors and is super durable.
Step 1: What You Need
epoxy clay in the color of your choice
premade bezels and a jump ring for each one if needed
mica pigments (eye shadow works well), rub-n-buff, and//or other finishes
clear varnish (optional)
Step 2: Epoxy Clay
Take out equal parts of the color clay and the hardener. I like to make a ball out of each one so I can check that the quantities are the same.
Step 3: Mix
Combine the clay and hardener until the color is perfectly uniform.
Step 4: Distribute
Break off equal amounts of mixed clay into each bezel. Try to estimate how much you'll need to fill each one so that the clay mounds over the top a little. You can always mix more clay if you need. (If you have too much clay, fix something. This stuff cures rock hard.)
Step 5: Fill
Fill the bezels with mixed clay. The clay should mound up a little. It doesn't need to be perfectly smooth.
Step 6: Stamp
I find it works better to turn your pendant upside down and press the clay onto the stamp. You may need to be very firm. I'm using sections of a large wine stamp.
Step 7: Stamping
The impressions should be crisp and fairly deep.
Step 8: Dust
If your using mica, gently brush it on while the clay is still sticky. It will really bring out the details.
Now let the clay cure overnight. It will be rock hard.
Note: While the clay is still soft you can add crystals, beads, charms or other embellishments.
Step 9: Color
When the epoxy is cured, color the raised areas with rub-n-buff if you want a metallic finish. You can use paint instead if you want a more colorful look. Or both.
Step 10: Finish
Add more mica pigment or some fine glitter if you want. Then add a coat of your favorite varnish, sealer or clear nail polish.
If your bezel needs a jump ring, add one. Your pendant is ready to wear!
I hope you enjoy this project. It's as versatile as it is easy - I'd love to hear what you make.