Hello! So over Labor Day weekend I was playing around with creating a pendant covered with flowers and ended up with this:
While I love how it turned out I made a couple mistakes that I wasn’t all that thrilled with. So I took another crack at it and took pictures of the process. So read on for a picture tutorial on how to make a flower pendant.
You will need:
- Polymer Clay of any color
- Small dotting tool
- Tempered wooden tool
- small circle cutter
Step 1: Choose a background color, here I’m using Premo! Black clay. I conditioned the clay using my pasta machine and cut a rough egg shape out of it. Using the extra conditioned clay I added to the back and formed this domed piece. The first time around I did not dome it first, so I just had a flat piece of clay then added all the flowers to that, unfortunately when I went to curve it, I lost some of the flower details as I pressed it into the shape I wanted.
Tip: Place this on a index card, so you can easily maneuver the piece once you start adding the flowers.
Step 2: Get out your plastic wrap and place on top of piece
Step 3: Take a cutter of your choice and slice through the cling wrap and clay towards the top of the piece. This method pulls the cling wrap, and consequently, the clay, downwards. This allows the clay to curve into the hole, giving a smooth curve instead of a sharp edge. Here I used Kemper brand cutters, the smallest of their 5 circle set. Don’t worry if your plastic wrap leaves little marks near the hole, this will be covered later.
Set this aside for now.
Step 4: Roll out a small log of clay of your chosen flower color(s). I used Premo! Sunshine and Premo! Turquoise and half mixed them to get a variety of shifting colors. I lined up the logs next to a ruler to cut even slices. These pieces end up being your flower petals. Once the petals are cut, you can just lightly roll the edges to give a slight curve to form the petals.
Step 5: Optional. Since most of my log was yellow and green, I wanted a bit of pure turquoise on the piece, so I rolled out a little log of the clay and swirled it onto my back like so:
This is act as a divider between the flower section and the black background. It also provides a guide when placing your petals.
Step 6: Place petals, 5-8 a piece in a circular pattern. Use the tapered wooden tool to press down in the center of each petal. This gives it a more petal feel, and helps stick to the back to it’s less likely to fall off after it is baked.
After the petals are down roll a small circle of a complimentary color and place in the center of the flower, use a dotting tool to press down, forming a small dip in the center.
Step 7: Bake according to package instructions. For Premo! I bake a 275 °F for 30 minutes per 1/4 inch.
All done! After baking I chose to do some light sanding on the exposed black clay. Since it was already quite smooth, I went through 400, 800, and 1000 grits of wet sandpaper. After that I did some light buffing with a piece of denim. As you can see there’s still some fuzzies in the cracks, this would be removed by simply rinsing it off.
Another optional step is to glaze the piece. When I do this I use Minwax glossy water based polyurethane, purchased at a hardware store.
Now all you have to do is thread the piece and show it off to your friends!
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you try it give me a shout, I’d love to see what you come up with!
-Simply Renee Louise