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« on: June 30, 2009 09:59:50 AM »


Today I'm going to share with you how I make my Signature Series pendants for my HomeGrown Fashion line.  Hope it inspires you to make some big funky pendants or earrings of your own!


Here's what you're going to need to make a series of glitter pendants:

Colors of polymer clay that can be mixed
Glitter in colors for your color scheme
Pasta roller
Parchment paper
Cookie cutters
Stamps and tools to decorate
Coffee straw
Acrylic paints and/or inks
Acrylic Sealer

Select colors of clay to create a custom blend. Cut two portions of one color to allow for a second color blend for accent later. Here I'm using a fuchsia that I've cut two pieces of, one of which I'll set aside at first, as well as a silver pearl, a hot pink, and a translucent clay. The translucent won't necessarily change the color as much as the opacity of the clay, and since we're going to be adding glitter, a little translucent helps the glitter to show through.


Now it's time to begin conditioning the clay for pliability. Stack all but the second chunk of fuchsia into a lump, pushing the layers together to push out air bubbles. Place the whole thing into a small plastic bag to protect the clay and your clothing or furniture, then use your body heat to warm the clay. I usually sit on it or put it in the pit of my knee or arm while I'm setting up the rest of my area. You can alternatively dice the clay up with a clay blade and work the clay bits back together, which I'll show you in another tutorial.


Once the clay is warm, begin rolling the colors between your hands to start combining the clays. Fold the clay and continue rolling until the shape is pliable enough to put through the roller.


Run the log through the pasta roller on the largest setting the long way. Fold the pressed clay in half, and put through the roller with the fold to the side. Fold and turn repeatedly until the colors begin to blend.


Sprinkle a layer of glitter (fine works best) onto the polymer clay sheet, then continue folding and rolling the clay through the pasta roller until the glitter is mixed evenly through the clay.


Roll the clay through the pasta roller until it's at your desired thickness, then lay out onto the parchment paper and cut shapes with cookie cutters. Set shapes aside, and collect clay scraps.


Use stamps, found objects, or make tools to decorate the pendants. I'm using the rounded tip of an opened bob pin for the dots, a wire bent to a circle with the circle bent 90 degrees for the circle stamp, and a single high heel shoe as my center piece of the design.


Cut a hole to hang your pendant using a coffee straw. Smooth the edges of the back of the hole for comfort of wearing and clean lines. Smooth the edges of the pendant lightly with your fingertips, and carefully buff out any finger prints left behind with light finger pressure or a smooth tool.


Place jewelry pieces onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Parchment paper will protect the pieces from developing a shiny spot where the clay would be touching the metal. Bake according to your clay's manufacturer directions.


Fill recessed designs with acrylic paint in a coordinating color. I'm using a bamboo skewer as a brush here.


Finish your pendant on the front and edges with acrylic sealer. I don't tend to seal the back because the pendant tends to stick to a bare chest more often if I do.

At this point, your pendant is complete! Allow sealer to completely dry, then create a beautiful piece of jewelry.
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009 03:19:04 PM »

I've got to admit, it's a little too barbie for me. HAHA. But I love the glitter idea. It's great! And the pendant is adorable. Might just have to put my own twist on this. Thanks for the idea.
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009 10:54:27 AM »

What a very helpful tutorial and lots of great pics, too.  Thank you so much for sharing!
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2009 01:13:59 PM »

This is wonderful.  I never thought of the possibilities of glitter and polymer....but really it is like peanut butter and jelly!

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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2009 01:27:51 PM »

Thank you for this great tutorial!  I like the idea of sitting on the clay haha!
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2009 07:23:08 PM »

Have you tried the Fimo Effects clay?  It has the glitter already in it.  I find if you blend THAT with some translucent, it REALLY gives a depth to anything with glitter in it.  I found out by accident, too. ha ha ha

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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2009 04:47:53 PM »

I've got to admit, it's a little too barbie for me. HAHA. But I love the glitter idea. It's great! And the pendant is adorable. Might just have to put my own twist on this. Thanks for the idea.

The beauty of this is that any color combination can be worked up.  This particular set was rather cutesy, but some of my favorite pieces have been asian-themed, kind of punk rock, and even florals.

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Here's a link to my flickr set with a lot of my other pendants:
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Here's the earrings set:
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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2009 04:49:09 PM »

Have you tried the Fimo Effects clay?  It has the glitter already in it.  I find if you blend THAT with some translucent, it REALLY gives a depth to anything with glitter in it.  I found out by accident, too. ha ha ha

FUN stuff here!!

I do occasionally use the Fimo Effects glitter clays, but I tend to add even more glitter to them, since I like seeing more than one color of glitter in my clays.  I tend to add a little translucent as well. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2009 04:52:59 PM »

cute stuff..I love glitter..
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