PMC3 Silver Clay
Sterling Silver Chain (optional)
2 – 4mm Swarovski Bicone Crystals (optional)
24g Sterling Silver Wire (optional)
16g Sterling Silver Wire Jump Ring (optional)
Small Toggle Clasp, Sterling Silver (optional)
2 Different Size Petal Shaped Cutters
Cellphone (to use as a timer)
The rest are in My Toolbox
This is the second project in this course (see previous post for the first one). Jenny used two different textures in her piece. I was a little obsessed with the texture sheet I used for the buttons in the first project and wanted to use it again. I grabbed a couple other textures to try with it.
I also used the same large petal shape cutter from the Wet Clay Texture project. I wanted to layer a smaller petal shape on top. After cutting out the large petal, I tried multiple textures for the small one. I just couldn’t find a combo that worked together. I stopped fighting it and used the same texture for both layers.
Flipping the petal shape vertically gave me an art deco, compass pointer, vibe that seemed interesting. I joined the layers and torch-fired them. If came out clean, with a strong join.
Clean is an important point. Jenny stresses working clean to ensure you don’t accidentally fire clay scraps or dust into your pieces. You’ll have dust and little crumbs on your greenware as you prepare it for firing. Disposing of that debris prior to firing is much easier than trying to remove it after it fuses to your metal piece.
I gave the pendant a liver of sulfur patina and buffed off the high spots. No regrets about using the same texture on both layers. Next, I made a hefty jump ring to echo the thick lines in the texture and suspend it from the chain.
To attach the toggle clasp, I thought small, wire wrapped, Swarovski bicones would echo the diamond shapes in the texture sheet. Very happy with the result!