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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