Intro: UTEE Stamped Pendants
I love making stamped jewelry and have done tutorials using a number of different materials. So, when I saw doodlecraft's beautiful polymer clay pendants, I knew this was what I wanteded to work on for the remix contest.
Here's her original awesome project:
The other thing I'd been wanting to play with was UTEE - Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel or ultra thick embossing powder. My plan was to use a polymer clay shape as my pendant base and stamp into the UTEE. It took a lot of trial and error, but eventually I got pendants that looked pretty, colorful and shiny.
This tutorial has two versions of the UTEE pendant.
The second one is in step 10.
Step 1: What You Need
UTEE - Ultra Thick Embossing Powder, clear
Optional colored embossing powders
Embossing ink, stamp pad or dauber
Cured polymer clay shapes, 1 for each pendant
Heat gun for crafts
Optional glitter, pearlescent powders and/or mica
Stamp pad & black or colored ink
1" wire, any kind
1 jump ring
If your clay shape doesn't have a hole, follow this step:
Take your 1" piece of wire and make a small loop by rounding it over at the top. You can make any kind of design you want as long as it's at least 6 mm long.
Step 3: Apply UTEE
Cover one side of the hardened polymer clay disc/shape with embossing ink.
Press the inked side into the UTEE granules. Take out and set the disc in your tray. Then gently apply heat source from a few inches away until the UTEE melts. Keep your fingers away from the hot end of the heat gun.
Step 4: Add the Loop
While the UTEE is still soft, apply more of the granules. Melt again.
Repeat this one more time and while the UTEE is melted, press in the loop. This was a little tricky and I had to keep melting the UTEE until I got the loop to stick.
Step 5: Add Color
Repeat and add 2 - 3 layers of clear UTEE. (Try to just melt the powder and not blow the melted liquid around. )
Then add a layer of either colored embossing powder or glitter. I used embossing powder. First, terra-cotta, then gold.
When the surface has cooled, put a toothpick through the loop. Then, carefully melt the back and edges to smooth out any rough spots. Don't get too close to your wire loop or it will slide out of the embossing powder.
Step 7: Stamp
Add one more layer of UTEE and then ink a stamp pad.
Warm the surface of the pendant again right before you stamp and press the stamp firmly into the front of your pendant. Remove the stamp.
Step 8: Finishing Touches
Add a just a little more heat until you see the shine come back.
You can also apply some pearlescent powders with your fingertips to highlight the raised areas until you like the look. Then add a little more heat to set them.
Step 9: Voila!
Add a jump ring to the loop and you're done!
Step 10: Variation
I made some wavy polymer clay disks that were about 2 mm thick and cured them.
Then, I used a hole punch to make holes in the hardened clay. I then proceeded the same way I described in the previous steps. (If you use a wavy shape the clay softens so it is flat enough to stamp and then it curls back up again as it cools.)
Add a chain and it's ready to wear!