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Calla Lily Pendants-Springtime Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial

Calla Lily Pendants-Springtime Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial

These sweet polymer clay pendants are
evocative of springtime flowers and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can
make up a bunch of them. Hi there, Sandy here, welcome to another
polymer clay tutorial at Here are a few of the
pendants in various stages of completion and let me show you how easy they are to
make, you’ll be amazed. They all start with a heart cutter, this is a set that I got
at my local craft store in the cake decorating section and what I love about
these is that one side is crinkled, which I don’t use very often, and one side is
straight. I thought the crinkled edges were perfect
for this project. The other thing you’ll need is just some polymer clay, this is
some black, you could make them any color. Black is a nice base for all the
painting that we’re going to do later on. Just as a tool you’ll need a bottle like one of these for our liquid clay that has a cone shape at the top. My clay is
rolled out to about a medium setting, it’s like a number 4, about one and a
half millimeters thick, maybe a little less. It’s up to you whether you want to
make your edges crinkled. I just think it adds to the liveliness and interest of
your pendant or earrings or charm, and you just go ahead and cut that out. The next thing I’m going to do is take
my large ball tool and just roll from the inside out. I’m just rolling to thin
out those edges and I’m aiming for those scallops each time. I want to make those
maybe a little bit more rippled and a little more pronounced. Just go around
your whole flower and do that. If you’re ever interested in the supplies I’m
using in a video tutorial don’t forget that I always write a blog post for each
one and at that blog post I have links to supplies, a complete materials list,
often more information because I write the blog post after I’ve made the
project and shot the video so there’s often more information there and you can
always find a link to the blog post in the upper right here. You’ll also find it
in the description box which varies where it is depending on what sort of
device it’s that you’re watching the video on. It can be sort of hidden if you’re on mobile and not on a desktop. So there,
that’s all I wanted to do with that. The next thing I want to do is add some
texture to this, the texture is nice because it gives a place for our patinas
to hang out. Make some lines with the needle tool radiating out from that bend
of the heart you can go all the way, some of these edges might show so I’m going
to make sure and get them all, and if your tool wants to keep traveling in the
same lines just kind of lay it down… If I decide I want it here but it keeps
skipping over just lay it there and then drag down, there, and then we fill that in. Nothing too complicated yet! There
won’t be anything complicated in this actually at all. Use a blade to lift that
up so you don’t distort it, bring in your bottle with, or your shape, whatever
your form, you could use a piping tip, whatever you have that has a cone shape. I pulled this off because it has this little ridge that will make an
indent in my clay, so then this is smooth. Lay the point of, the inner point of your
heart there, wrap one edge around and then next wrap the other edge around
that . I you need to you can sort of twist it off. Here you are,
there’s that simple. Take your thumb or your fingers and kind of push that edge up. I
think that’s really pretty to have that bit of a flair, and go ahead and bake it. Because this is so thin I would bake it for just about 20 minutes. It’s not even an eighth of an inch thick. Here’s one I made earlier all baked and you can see the
difference, I think this is maybe it’s one step down size in the heart, and I
didn’t use the scalloped side, I used the straight side, but this will still be
beautiful. The next thing you’ll need want to do is to add some paint to your
piece. I’m using Swellegant today because I just love the way they work and also I
got some new dye oxides that I want to experiment with. So here I have copper,
silver and brass. You want to shake these well before you use them and then apply
very thin coats. As with anything that you paint it really is better to have
more thin coats than a thick globby coat, otherwise you just end up filling in all
your detail and it doesn’t look nearly as nice. You may notice on your first
coat, this isn’t doing it too badly, but sometimes it wants to bead up, it looks
like it’s not covering. You’re not going to get good coverage on the first coat. Just know that you need to add at least two if not three coats to get nice
coverage, but we’re going to do other things. And give that a few minutes to
dry. If you like you can use the patinas that Swellegant also makes. You can tell
my bottle is well-loved. I usually put just a little in a cup like this that’ll
be plenty. Think about it, have you ever seen silver
with a patina like this? No, it doesn’t happen in nature and it’s not going to
happen with the patinas. On copper and brass and bronze metals they naturally
get this kind of a green patina. That’s what this patina will do, it’ll give it a
green gold verdigris, but on silver it will darken it because that’s what
silver does over time. So whatever the metal naturally does over time is what
the patina is going to do with it, There are other patinas, this is my favorite
and the one I use the most often. So this one I believe I painted these with brass. So I’m going to just actually add a little copper to this one. I know that
seems weird but I love getting the effects of different layers of colors. So
the trick to getting the patinas to work on Swellegant paints is that they
have to be applied to a wet layer of paint. So once you have the coverage you
want with your base colors then you can add this and you can put it in spots,
you can put it all over, it’s entirely up to you. The cool thing about these is
that they go through stages. Actually just the same stages that
things go through in nature. It takes a long time to get this look, so we’ll let
that sit there for a bit and you can kind of watch
and see different things are happening. The silver is getting dark, you can kind
of see a greenish sludge happening. These I made before I went out for an evening
and so I let them sit for a long time and they got completely bloomed. What you
can do is leave it on your work table like I’m doing with this one and when it
reaches a point that you’re happy with go ahead and rinse it under running
water and that will stop the reaction and it won’t go any further. Here are
some fun things to play with, these are the Swellegant dye oxides, these are very
heavily pigmented. I don’t know if you can see that my thumb is blue, that was
four days ago and it’s still blue. Here’s one I did a while ago in silver then
went over it with the darkening solution which is this because it only darkens
silver and then went over it with some of the purple and the blue dye oxides. This
one was copper you can see and maybe I got a little too crazy with the colors. All you need is a drop these are so strong, one drop will do. Shake them well
as well. You may not be able to tell that’s the caribbean blue and violet and
these are really strong. Let’s play with the blue and this one is starting to
turn green. Christi Friesen, who is the person whose name is on these bottles of
materials, has actually done a really good video on YouTube where she spends a
lot of time sort of playing with these and experimenting and showing you
different combinations. You get different effects and they can be kind of
unpredictable, and whether you apply them when the paints were wet or dry ,if you
apply the different combinations, like I might get a reaction from my silver
that’s under there. One final thing you can do if you think you’ve gone way too
far like these and you want to bring them back to something maybe a little
less crusty looking. Just take some of your paint, your metal
paint that you started with. All I have here is a scrap of printer paper just
something that printed what I didn’t want, it printed three copies when I only
wanted one, you know, take my finger, dip it in the cap and then rub it and this
is a trick I saw from Christi, I thought it was brilliant, just to get some of the
moisture out you can take that finger and rub it on here. You can see that it’s
not getting into the crevices, the texture we made, with these scalloped
edges I love going over them, and I got this texture on the back here by doing
the rolling with the ball tool over a sponge. There now that looks a little bit
less, yeah crusty. You can see you can have endless fun with these just playing
with the different colors and combinations and seeing what you like
and what you don’t and if you’re not happy with something go back over it. I’m
going to clean up and then I will show you how I finished this up. This one by
the way, I did the step I just showed you here, is what I did on this. I went
over this lightly with the silver. What you’ll want to start with to make these
into pendants, earrings, whatever is an eye pin and you probably will need a bead
of some size that will go onto the eye pin and then you can feed that up into
the hole here, because the eye pin without the bead will just slip right
through and that will be something you will have to decide for yourself for
your own particular size. Notice I wasn’t at all concerned with that ragged hole
because I knew all along I’d be putting a cone on there, just like that, and of
course after that you can add whatever beads you like. But before we do that
let’s make some fun dangles to dangle down inside that flower. Gives
your, it will give your piece some movement and a whole lot of interest. So
what I have here are some itty bitty ball head pins. These are pretty fine gauge, these are… yeah 22 gauge. I have some little four
millimeter Swarovski bicones and i’m just going to pop one… pardon my messy
hands you know how they got that way, you watched it happen… Pop that on. Now we
could just have this dangle straight down, but that’s kind of boring don’t you
think? Let’s make this interesting. We’ll grasp this about 3/8 of an inch
from the end, you want to leave that much to make your loop, and these are I
believe one and a half inches long, and I’m grabbing it with my round nose
pliers. Don’t forget to put the bead on first, and I’m just going to do like a
corkscrew around my round nose pliers until I get down to the bead. Isn’t that
cute? Then I can grab my loop, well, the top of
the wire and make it into a loop, and you have a far more interesting dangle. Here
are a couple of others I made. What’s fun about these is that you can make them
different lengths just by pulling on out a little longer and now we have
different lengths and if you forget to add your bead that’s what you get, you
get one without a bead on it which is cute too with the little ball head pin. And if you’ve been making jewelry at all
for a while you probably know where I’m going from here I’m just going to pop
these on the eye. of the eye pin, close that up, don’t forget your bead
that would be like a stopper up here. See isn’t that cute? I just love that. Add
your cap, maybe another one of these, maybe a bead for decoration, make a loop
and you have a sweet pendant. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and have
been inspired by it and if you have and if you enjoy my teaching you might
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bye bye.

26 thoughts on “Calla Lily Pendants-Springtime Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial”

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE!!! I've made calla lilies before, but you have given me some new ideas. Thank you – blessings!

  2. Hey Sandy, a little tip for you. Next time you go to the doctor, ask to keep the plastic thing they look into your ear with. It is disposable and they just throw it away. Take it home and wash it and then you can use it to shape your earrings. It is cone shaped.

  3. Wow Sandy you out did yourself! And I’m doing as you suggested typing and watching and waiting. Lol you know what’s funny? I got the same set but in square shape from the baking section. I was back and forth from polymer clay section and baking sections. I paid half the price in baking section and got more bang for the buck!!! These are beautiful and original… ♥️

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