Silver Clay & UV Resin Pendant Tutorial
Project Level: Beginner
* Plastic Coated Playing Cards or Acrylic Spacers
* Acrylic Roller
* Badger Balm
* Heart Template or Cutters
* Clay Pick
* Ball Burnisher
* Sanding Pads
* Polishing Papers
* UV Light
* Tooth Pick
* Flat Nose Pliers
* Hand Drill or Pin Vice
* Agate Burnisher
* Soft Brass Brush
Step 1: Lubricate one playing card with a little badger balm, rubbing excess into your fingertips and hands. Place 8 playing cards either side of your lubricated card. Roll silver clay into a ball and place in the middle of the playing card.
Step 2: Using the acrylic roller, roll the silver clay until flat and even
Step 3: Place your template on top of the clay applying gentle pressure. Holding your clay pick perpendicular carefully cut around the heart shape required
Step 4: Lift template off and using the clay pick peel away the excess clay and place it back in its packaging before it dries out.
Step 5: Using the ball ended embossing tools, gently indent the surface of the soft silver clay creating random concave dots. Leave your silver clay heart to one side to dry thoroughly.
Step 6: Once dry, use the sanding pads to gently sand the surface of the clay. Sand out imperfections and smooth edges.
Step 7: Using the hand drill or pin vice, drill a hole in the top of one of the heart lobes
Step 8: Fire the piece by torch or kiln as per instructions
Step 9: Brush the fired pendant with the wire brush until the silver shows through
Step10: Using the agate burnisher apply firm pressure and rub over all surfaces of the pendant including the edges. Do not use the sharp point or you will scratch it.
Step 11: Work through the polishing papers starting with the roughest first. Applying firm pressure rub the pendant vigorously up and down, front and back. Move on to the next grade of polishing paper ensuring you turn the pendant 90 degrees each time. Continue to do this until you have used all grades of paper and your pendant has a mirror finish.
Step 12: Shake the coloured resin bottles well before use. Put a drop of the colours you require onto a clean playing card and mix with the UV crystal resin. Dip a tooth pick in a small amount of your chosen colour and carefully drop or rub it into one of the concave dots on the surface of the silver. Pick different colours for each dot. Resin colours can be mixed to create the colour or shade you want.
Step 13: Place the pendant under a UV light to cure the resin. Further layers of resin can be added to intensify colours if desired. Cure each layer before applying the next.
Step 14: Attach jump ring and chain.
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