Premo! Sculpey® Football Pendant

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by Gretchen Amberg, Premo! Design Team

Premo! Sculpey® Football Pendant

A rhinestone chain adds sparkle to this easy to make, mixed-metal pendant featuring Premo! Sculpey® clay

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1-1/2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry well. Using wax paper, metal baking sheet or aluminum foil, knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between each of the colors of this project.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 275°F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.
  • 3
    Run 1/4 of the Peacock Pearl and Bright Green Pearl blocks through your clay machine several times on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each run-through and insert the folded side first on subsequent times.
  • 4
    Cut 1/8 of a block of Pearl and Silver and run through the clay machine several times to create a Light Silver mix.
  • 5
    Combine 1/4 block of White Translucent with some of the Pearl-Ex to create an Iridescent Blue.
  • 6
    Roll each color of clay through the clay conditioning machine on a medium setting. Try to roll out the sheets so they are about the same size and shape.
  • 7
    Stack the Iridescent Blue on top of the Peacock Pearl and run through the clay conditioning machine together on the medium setting. Stack the Light Silver on top of the Bright Green Pearl and roll this stack through together also on the medium setting.
  • 8
    Stack the two pieces together so they alternate as Peacock Pearl, Iridescent Blue, Bright Green Pearl and Light Silver. Adjust the clay conditioning machine to the thickest setting and run all four colors through together once to compress the layers.
  • 9
    Cut the strip of clay in half length-wise and stack one half on top of the other so the pattern repeats in the same Peacock Pearl, Iridescent Blue, Bright Green Pearl and Light Silver order. Use your acrylic roller to gently compress the two layers together.
  • 10
    Cut this strip in half again and stack in the same manner, use the acrylic roller again to compress the layers. Repeat this process one last time so that you have a stack with 8 sets of stripes.
  • 11
    Press the tip of the vegetable peeler straight down through the stack of clay all the way to your work surface. Do this repeatedly all over the stack being sure to press though close together with some overlapping.
  • 12
    After you are done with the vegetable peeler press the stack back together from the sides so the holes you made are squeezed shut. Use your acrylic roller to roll the top smooth and flat. Place the stack of clay to the side to rest.
  • 13
    Run the Black clay through your clay machine several times on the thickest setting.
  • 14
    Cut a length of the rhinestone chain that fits just a tiny bit short of the inside length of the cutter. Pull on both ends of the chain to remove any slack and lay it down on the sheet of clay in a straight line. Gently press the chain into the clay sheet just a little bit; be sure to apply even pressure and make sure the chain does not sink into the clay at an angle.
  • 15
    Trim the Black clay away from the chain leaving about two inches all the way around the sides and ends of the chain. Make sure you leave plenty of room for the cutter to be aligned over the chain.
  • 16
    Take a small amount of the Black clay you trimmed in Step 15 and put into the Clay Extruder. Insert the disc that looks like a screen with a bunch of 1 mm holes. Extrude the Black clay so you have bunch of strands. Gently trim the extruded clay off the end of the extruder. Pick up one strand of clay and lay it down across the chain in between two of the stones. Repeat this process until all of the flat lengths of chain between the stones are covered by a strand of clay.
  • 17
    Hold your needle tool almost parallel to the sheet of clay, positioning the length of the needle right up against the side of the chain. Press down into the clay just a little bit and drag the needle tool towards you slowly. Repeat this step on the other side of the chain. This not only trims away the excess length of the strands of clay it also blends the strands into the sheet underneath. Use your fingers to lift away the trimmed bits of clay strands.
  • 18
    Roll the remainder of the Black clay you trimmed away in Step 15 onto a sheet on a medium/thin setting. Trim into a piece about the size of the sheet you have your piece of rhinestone chain pressed into. Bring your stack of colored clay back to your main work area and press it down to your work surface. This will keep it from moving around when you are taking slices off the stack.
  • 19
    Using the curved blade of the super slicer, take a small slice off the top of the stack. Lay the piece down on top of the sheet of black clay and gently roll over it with your acrylic roller. Repeat this step. Make sure you roll over the slice each time you place one down to make sure you don’t have any air trapped.
  • 20
    Once you have the entire sheet of Black clay covered in slices from your stack run it through the clay conditioning machine once to help even out the surface. If the surface is still uneven slightly reduce the thickness setting by and roll through again.
  • 21
    Cut the patterned sheet you just created in half and position the cut edge directly against the side of the chain. Repeat by placing the other half of the patterned sheet along the other side of the rhinestone chain. Once they are both in place use your fingers to gently smooth the clay down so the layers are stuck together.
  • 22
    Cut out your football shaped template and position it so the chain is running down the middle of the length of the cutter. Use a clay knife tool to cut along the template and remove the excess clay. Use your fingers to gently smooth the cut edges.
  • 23
    Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130°C) for 30 minutes per 1/4 inch (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.
  • 24
    While the piece is baking roll a small sheet of Black clay though on the thickest setting of the clay conditioning machine and cut another football shape out. Trim the shape to be a little smaller by bending your super slicer blade to match the curve. (You should only need to cut it about 1/16 inch smaller around).
  • 25
    Once the baked piece is cooled rub a very thin layer of Bake N’ Bond to the back of the baked piece and add the piece of trimmed football shaped piece of clay in the center. Using a clay knife cut into the piece you just added to the back a little bit in from the edge and then again about 3/16 of an inch closer towards the middle from the first cut. Use your finger to gently lift the curved strip of clay out. This creates the channel for the cord. Bake the piece again for 10 minutes.
  • 26
    Once the piece is cooled roll a small sheet of clay on a medium/thin setting. Rub a small amount of Bake N’ Bond onto the back of the piece and add the small sheet. Use the super slicer’s blade to trim away the excess clay and bake the entire piece one last time for 10 minutes. String your pendant onto the Silver chain. If desired, glaze your baked piece with either Sculpey Glossy or Satin.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1-1/2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Premo! Sculpey® Clay 2 oz. Peacock Pearl 104729586
  • Premo! Sculpey® Clay 2 oz. Accent Bright Green Pearl 104556036
  • Premo! Sculpey® Clay 2 oz. Silver 104130021
  • Premo! Sculpey® Clay 2 oz. Pearl 104130016
  • Premo! Sculpey® Clay 2 oz. Translucent White 104130025
  • Premo! Sculpey® Clay 2 oz. Black 104130002
  • Sculpey® Bake & Bond Bakeable Adhesive for Oven-Bake Clay 2 oz. 104729594
  • Nicole™ Crafts Clay Machine 104136455
  • Nicole™ Crafts Clay Tool Set 8 pc. 104757623
  • Nicole™ Needle Tool 104136515
  • Walnut Hollow™ Clay Extruder Set 104728875
  • Sculpey® Super Slicer 104653527
  • Cousin® Jewelry Basics® Rhinestone Chain Ends 80 pc. Silver 104563571
  • Vegetable Peeler (Used Exclusively for Clay Projects)
  • Baking Pan
  • Sheet of Plain Copy Paper
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