Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pendants in Process

I've experimented with this before, but I don't know why I never did more with it. I initially made some pendants by impressing leaves and designs into clay. These were meant to painted and resin-coated. I never finished them and have a ton of them piling up.

Yesterday I absently grabbed a blob of clay and pushed it into the impression in the original pendant. I really like how the image is now raised and did a bunch of them.

Trial and error -polymer likes to stick to itself...even if one is cured. I found freezing the pendants helped maintain the shape while removing. I've also mixed a home-made mold release that I'm going to give a try. I mixed a small amount of mineral spirits and petroleum jelly to the consistency of cream. I am going to brush on and let dry. We'll see how it goes!


  1. I've done some of this (my current grassy beads are made using another bead as a stamp) and I used cornstarch as a release agent quite effectively. I think I recently read about misting the already baked polymer with water as well but I haven't tried that.

  2. These are beautiful - I really like them!

  3. I use water as a releasing agent as well but not too wet, just a mist will do. Love your new pendants...isn't it fun to make molds from leaves and flowers from your own backyard? It's one my favorite things to do because you never know how it will turn out. I've had lots of duds but more oooh's and aaah's, thank goodness!

  4. I love how you did the paint one the raised ones. They look great. BTW, I got my pendant from the FFF giveaway you did. I LOVE it! I'm planning on doing a blog post on it. I'll let you know when I do.