Intro: Domino Style Polymer Pendant
You don't have to buy dominoes to have the same style pendant. All you need is polymer clay, a domino style graphic, and your imagination.
Step 1: Where Do I Start?
You need polymer clay, a printed graphic, Lisa Pavelka Magic-Glos ®, glue, Craft wire or bail, Triple Gloss or other finish.
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.
Place your graphic on the clay which has been folded and is the desired thickness.
Do not press the graphic into the clay. Just simply lay it on the clay.
Step 3: Shape the Domino.
Gently cut the clay around the graphic. Leave a little extra border around that you can remove later. I do this so that the gloss “seals” the graphic to the clay.
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.
Glue the graphic image centered on the baked polymer tile.
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®.
Pour in your gloss. I use Lisa Pavelka Magic-Glos ®. You can use resin, epoxy, or any type of gloss you choose. Experiment to see which one works best for you. I like Lisa Pavelka Magic-Glos ® because I do not have patience to wait for gloss to dry.
Step 6: Time to Cure Gloss.
With Lisa Pavelka Magic-Glos ® you can use her infrared light which cures the gloss in 12 to 15 minutes. If you use epoxy, you will have to wait 24 hours for it to cure.
But use whatever you are comfortable with and that which gives you the finished effect you desire.
Step 7: Check Out the Cured Gloss.
In this picture I have removed the tape barrier. You can see where the gloss kind of ran up the tape slightly – keeping it in on the polymer tile.
Step 8: Sand It Down.
Sand all sides to the desired finish. You can leave a slight border of the clay around the graphic if you wish or sand right up to the graphic and leave no border on the face of the tile.
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.
Drill a hole if you are going to use craft wire to make a hoop as a bail. Or if you’ve purchased a bail, use E6000 glue to attach the bail to the tile. I hang the tile from this bail to dry the finishing gloss layer.
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
The next photo is Triple Thick Gloss which I use as an overall finish on the entire pendant. I paint the entire pendant with the gloss and then hang it up from the wire hoop to dry.
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
This is the finished pendant. It has a sheen because it’s under my work light. This is the front, side, and back.
Step 12: Ready to String.
I strung my pendant on a beaded necklace. The necklace is 16” long with a 2” chain extension.
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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