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Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

I'm a self-representing Cape Breton wire artist with a dozen years of experience writing clear instructions for online, adult learners. I love curriculum development almost as much as I love making ...

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SALE! Steampunk Clay Pendant/Ornament

from Gayle Bird Designs
(5) Name: 'Jewelry : SALE! Steampunk Clay Pendant/Ornament
SALE! Steampunk Clay Pendant/Ornament
SALE! Steampunk Clay Pendant/Ornament
SALE! Steampunk Clay Pendant/Ornament
SALE! Steampunk Clay Pendant/Ornament
SALE! Steampunk Clay Pendant/Ornament

Pattern Description:

Polymer clay is a delightful medium and you can do just about anything with it. I was a hobby sculptor for a while way-back-when but left it behind for wire and jewellery. But then my work into steampunk jewellery left me with a bunch of tiny watch parts....which I suddenly realized were perfect for jamming into clay!

At first, I had a grand time building a nautilus and a 3D heart - meticulously sculpting details, adjusting the shape, picking out just the right metal bits to add. When I showed my husband he said, "That's great Gayle! But how many of those can you make in an hour?!" My answer was a feeble, "Um... one?"

Sculptural work has its place but the hubby had a point - production work is what pays the bills. Which is how I came up with this technique - it's quick and has beautiful, unique results.

Along with the step-by-step techniques for making these simple, stunning pieces, you'll also learn:

How to work with mica powders
How to create makeshift texture stamps
How to use a pasta machine

More than 80 precisely explained steps and nearly 200 close-up, sharp photos will ensure you are never left confused.

The final product can be used as components such as pendants, earrings, cufflinks, brooches, buttons...even Christmas Tree ornaments!

Edit March 1, 2013: It's my birthday and I'm having a sale!


  • Polymer clay such as Premo - black works best
  • A pasta/clay machine or manual clay roller
  • Various charms, stamps, and household objects for texturing
  • Mica powders such as Pearl Ex
  • A tiny, dry paintbrush
  • Shape cutters (dedicated to the use of clay)
  • Watch parts and metal bits
  • A ceramic tile or tempered glass baking sheet

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