These Silver Clay Pendants Will Teach You Everything About Texture

textured clay pendants

If you hate making mistakes, life can feel fraught. But silver clay might be just the therapy you need.

Do something wrong with silver clay when you’re working on a piece of jewelry, and you can just fix it. That’s because silver clay is a totally forgiving material. (Silver itself? Not so much.)

I’m here to teach you how to make one-of-a-kind pendants with silver clay and texture mats, but you can consider that just a starting point. You could also use any type of metal clay (bronze, copper) or any items you happen to have with interesting textures (poke around your junk drawer).

Silver Clay Pendants

Level: Easy

What You Need

Circle cutters
  • Art clay
  • Rolling mat or thickness guide
  • Texture mat
  • HattieS No Stick spray (or substitute olive oil)
  • Plastic or glass roller
  • Circle cutter
  • Metal punch
  • Sharp needlepoint
  • Black Max oxidizing liquid
  • Polishing cloth or sandpaper
  • Instructions

    1. Roll Out Your Clay

    Rolling tube

    Pick any thickness you like.

    2. Pick Your Texture

    Texture mats

    I work with a collection of texture mats, plus a pebble-texture stamp. The mat with the wood grain is my favorite.

    3. Spray Your Texture Mat

    Spraying texture mat

    Use HattieS No Stick, or just rub on some olive oil.

    4. Make Your Imprint

    >Texturized clay

    Place the mat texture-side down on the clay and gently move your roller over it. Once it’s well rolled, pull off the texture mat and there’s the imprint. So cool!

    5. Cut Out Your Design

    Circle cutter on clay

    Use a small circle cutter or, for bigger pieces, a glass or jar from your kitchen — anything, really. You are left with a perfect circle of clay.

    6. Store Excess Clay

    Roll it up and stash it inside two or three airtight bags.

    7. Punch Holes

    Punching a heart into clay

    Here I use a heart-shaped metal puncher. You’ll also need a needlepoint to make a tiny hole in the top of the pendant for the jump ring to go through.

    8. Fire the Clay

    Darkening clay piece

    Dry, sand and fire the metal clay. I use Black Max oxidizing liquid to darken the color and highlight the texture, but you could also use Liver of Sulfur.

    9. Polish the Piece

    Finished product

    Wipe off excess Black Max with a polishing cloth or sand paper and you are left with a cute little pendant.

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    One Response to “These Silver Clay Pendants Will Teach You Everything About Texture”

    1. Gari

      Remember when you fire your piece it will shrink a little. Read the instructions on the clay package to learn what the shrink rate is.