Sunflower Necklace with Polymer Clay

Well, as much as I have LOVED working on my quilt squares the past week or so… I’m ready for something different!  I have been enjoying the effect of stamping on polymer clay recently, so I started playing around with some other items in my stash to create different looks.
I made this pendant by using a cabochon as a stamp, and I love how it turned out!  
If you haven’t worked with polymer clay before… be warned, it’s really addictive. :) It’s inexpensive, easy to work with, and for small projects like jewelry, one package really goes a long way!  Next time I have time I’m going to have to add a navigation button for polymer play projects (if you’re looking for something in the meantime, you can search for projects tagged Polymer Clay).
So to try this project, check your stash for pretties.  Think cabochons, buttons – anything with a pattern or texture that you like.  Then, gather the following:
Polymer Clay (I only used a pinch out of a package of silver clay I opened several projects ago)
Clay gloss glaze & a paintbrush
Roller – a dowel would work well if you don’t have a clay roller.
Cutters – either for clay, or for cookies – as long as you don’t use them for food after you’ve used them on clay.  Anything jewelry-sized will work.
Wax paper or parchment paper
Cabochon(s) – or whatever you found
Toothpick(s)
Baking sheet
Basic jewelry findings (jump ring or bail, and a chain to string it) and optional charms
First, roll your clay into a ball, and then roll it out with your roller to 1/4″ thick.  I rolled mine out on wax paper, and then transferred the whole sheet onto my baking sheet to put in the oven.  It protects all the surfaces and makes moving it easy.  Parchment paper would accomplish the same thing.

Pick your cabochon/button/etc.  I had all these lovely ones to choose from in my last Pick Your Plum goodie box I ordered.

Press it into your clay.  Experiment with whether you like a deep or shallow impression.  I was going for a bolder look, so I pressed deep.

I decided I liked that off-center look.  So when I used my little round cutter, I made it even more off-center.  You want to stamp first and then cut, because the stamping will squish your clay.  If you cut it first, it will end up misshapen.  Although, if you enjpy that sort of look – feel free to try it out.  There are really no rules here!

I used a toothpick to poke a hole in my pendant, so I could add a jump ring.

Now, bake it in the oven according to the package directions.  Different brands and formulas may have different directions, so be sure to do what your package says.  Generally, though, a 1/4″ thick pendant is going to bake for 30 minutes.

Once it’s done and cooled, brush a coat of gloss glaze on it.  This will help protect it, and make it shiny.  You could probably skip this step if you like a matte-finish look, but to me that looks unfinished.

You’ll note I made two – I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to glue a bail on the back of it, or put it on a jump ring, so I made one with a hole and one without.

I decided it looked a little plain on its own, so I raided my bits-and-pieces and paired this ring with it.  That’s why I opted for the jump ring.

It makes for a fun, summery piece!  What kinds of experiments have you been working on lately?

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Comments

  1. I like the off centered look, too!

  2. I agree about the off-centered look. This is really sweet.

  3. Kadie says:

    I love that you used a cab as a stamp!! So clever and it turned out so cute. I really need to pull mine out and give it a try!:)

  4. Artsy VaVa says:

    Love it!

  5. Very pretty!

  6. wow! this is awesome! stopping by from the link up! so glad i did because your blog is super cute! cant wait to read more :)

  7. Danielle says:

    this is great!!! I love it..

    Thanks for linking up to the HOP today!

  8. Leslie Marquez says:

    So cute!! I made something similar recently, but I didn't use the sculpty glaze, I used Lisa Pavelka's Magic Glos (https://www.lisapavelka.com/Magic-Glos.asp) It gives a really good shine and gives it kind of a doming effect, very cool. And you just have to set it in the sun to set it. I love the results, you should try it!!!

  9. Shannon says:

    Super duper cute. I may make some later. Thanks for sharing this with us :)

  10. I LOVE this idea! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  11. Sherry says:

    Cute as a button! I really love the shimmer finish on it.

  12. Jamie says:

    That is seriously so beautiful!

  13. Toodie says:

    Wow, that is totally cute! I might actually be able to do that! I love the off center look; it's so original.

  14. Lovely!!

  15. Valerie says:

    I love it! It's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  16. hilljean says:

    Ooooh! I wanna try this! Great tutorial. I feel like this is something I could go crazy with :)

  17. Jessi Wohlwend says:

    Way cute, and it looks great off center like that! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  18. I LOVE this!

  19. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

  20. Mackenzie says:

    What a awesome idea! We would love to invite you to join us on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know my readers would love your awesome ideas! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)
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  21. Sarah says:

    So cute! I love the sparkle of it.

    Thanks for sharing at our Keep Calm & Link Up Party… hope to see you again this Thursday :)

  22. love love LOVE this!! Pinning it right away. I have that same flower set from PYP…so going to try this if I can find some clay in my stash!

  23. Kristin says:

    I love this! I have a friend that is crazy about sunflowers and this would be a perfect little gift to make for her =) Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Tip Junkie

  24. Kara at Petals to Picots says:

    I am featuring you this week at my I {heart} Fridays party :)

  25. Victoria says:

    Omigosh! So simple, and just beautiful!

  26. Joyce says:

    I love this project and plan to try and duplicate it. Were those actually buttons you impressed into the clay? Really very nice.

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