This as part of an e-book I co-authored for ConsumerCrafts.com, which you can download for free HERE.
If you know me, then you know I love polymer clay and love to use it to jazz up jewelry. I found these lovely swirly pendants from the Jill McKay designer collection and thought it needed a pop of color, so a skinner blend was just the ticket.
I used orange and white, but of course you can use any color combination you like or matches your wardrobe.
Here’s the supply list for this project- all links go to ConsumerCrafts.com, since they provided me with all the materials to make the necklace. Their prices are great!Â
- Jill MacKay Swirl Pendant with Rhinestones
- 7mm Nickel Plated Jump Ring
- 2 Blocks of Sculpey Polymer Clay – One in White or Pearl and the Other in Orange (or any other color of your choice)
- Studio 71 Polymer Clay Press
- Polymer Clay Blade or Sharp Knife Dedicated to Polymer Clay
- Pasta machine for polymer clay
- Pin or Small Awl
First, condition your clay. Slice Â½ inch chunks from your blocks of clay. Condition the clay individually by kneading with your hands or running through the clay machine 10-15 times.
SO, first I’m going to show you how to make a Skinner Blend. I’m using black and white so you can see it better. Using the pasta machine, roll your clays individually into sheets about 4 inches by 5 inches. Cut each at an angle as shown in the picture below.
Gently â€œsmooshâ€ together the pieces along the angled seam. Then fold the clay from the bottom edge to kiss the top edge.
The most important thing to remember is that light stays on light, and dark stays on dark.
Using the machine, again, run it through the rollers. Always feed it into the pasta machine fold FIRST. Then, folding bottom to top, repeat another 5 times.
Keep folding bottom to top and running it through the machine until the colors blend and you get a smooth gradient. Make sure your finished clay sheet is at least 1/8â€ thick.
Remove the jump ring from the pendant and discard. Lay your pendant on top of the clay sheet, and trim all the way around using a craft knife or tissue blade.
Using a pin, poke a hole through the place where the jump ring attaches and go through the clay. Place your pendant on a tile or scrap piece of white cardstock and bake according to manufacturerâ€™s directions. (HINT: Tent the piece with foil to avoid scorching.) Remove from oven and let cool completely. Add a 7mm jump ring and your piece is ready to wear on your favorite chain!
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