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Glitter Flower Pendants

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Use polymer clay, floral stamps and multi-colored glitter to create the most beautiful necklace pendants from Marie Segal. These blooming, shimmering flowers hung from your neck are sure to attract admiring attention.
 

Glitter Flowers
 

Materials:

  • Cernit 2.2 ounce block- black, you could probably make a few of these pendants from a 1 block
  • Glitter kit- basic fabric kit from Art Institute Glitter- I prefer to use the Fabric glue that Art Institute Glitter carries with these pieces.
  • Leaves and Petal Stamps- Barbara Mac Guire’s design sheet garden. Bead Prints Flora looks like it would be a wonderful stamp sheet for this too, but I have not used this one.
  • Cutter-Makin’s circle set 36001, large or medium depending on the size of flower you make
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Kemper slicing blade
  • 3/4” teardrop and round ½” cutter – Kemper
  • #2 pencil with a new eraser
  • Card board box at least 6"x6"


Instructions:

  1. All of these pendants are done basically the same way. We will build a flower and leaves that then we can embellish with the glitter.
  2. Condition and roll out your black clay on the thickest setting in your pasta machine.
    Glitter Pendant 1a
     
  3. Cut a strip of clay that is ¾” wide by about 4” long. Bezel each edge of the strip with your clay blade.

    Glitter Pendant 1b
     
  4. Wrap around the bamboo skewer and press the angled edges together and smooth.

    Glitter Pendant 1
  5. Break loose from the skewer by twisting free with your hands and roll on your work surface to smooth. Trim off the end by holding the blade perpendicular to the clay and roll the skewer and the blade forward to make a finished end.

    Glitter Pendant 2
     
  6. Cut a 1 5/8” section of the skewered clay by rolling the blade and the skewer forward to cut through the clay. Now you will have a tube bead that you can use for the top of the pendant.
     
  7. Using a circle cutter or template, cut out a circle in the same thickness, thickest setting in the pasta machine.

    Glitter Pendant 3
     
  8. Leave the tube bead on the skewer and place it in the center top edge of the circle and press the two gently together.

    Glitter Pendant 4
     
  9. Here are the stamps that I used from Barbara Mc Guire’s stamps Garden Party:

    Glitter Pendants 5
     
  10. Cut out 8- ¾” teardrops of the same thickness and roll those into balls.
     
  11. Roll 2 of the balls into 1” cones, flatten each one of the cones on to the leaf stamp and release, you might want to use a spritz of water on the stamp first before pressing the clay on to it.

    Glitter Pendant 7
     
  12. Set these aside and start to build the flower. Or you can add to the circle background that you made above. I like to wait until I have the leaves and the flower built and then I put everything together on the background circle with the tube bead in the way that they look best together.
     
  13. Roll the other 6 balls in to a 1 ¼” teardrop shape. Press the teardrop on to the stamp and peel off for the petal.

    Glitter Pendant 8
     
  14. Start making each petal and put one after the other in to a circle with the last petal covered by the next a little bit.

    Glitter Pendant 9
     
  15. Tuck the last petal you add a little under the first one you made with small opening in the center of all of the petals.

    Glitter Pendant 10
     
  16. Add the leaves and then add the flower to the disk background with bead.
    Glitter Pendant 11
     
  17. With the eraser on the pencil poke it in to the small open space on the flower. All of the petals will lift slightly and this is good.
     
  18. Drape the petals down and press down.

    Glitter Pendant 12
     
  19. Cut out a ½” round and roll in to a ball and then roll into a squatty teardrop, Take the thinner end and then press the thicker end in to the stamp, holding the teardrop straight up and down. Roll the thin end of the teardrop a little between your fingers to make the point a little smaller and place that end in to the center of the flower you poked with the eraser of the pencil.

    Glitter Pendant 13

     
  20. Press that gently in to place in the center.

    Glitter Pendant 14
     
  21. Bake the flower in a pre-heated 275 degree oven for a half hour and shut off oven and let cool in the oven, when the flower has completely cool start with the glitter.
     
  22. I recommend a card board box or lid to do this in.
     
  23. Do not do this where you do clay because it will get in to all of your clay.
     
  24. I use a tray to glitter over and then I save all of the glitter that falls on to it for later.
     
  25. I prefer to use the opaque glitter.

    Glitter Pendant 15
     
  26. I pick areas and fill it with glue by covering the area I want to glitter. Cover evenly and smoothly, not glompy, because the glue will run if this happens, wipe it off and start over.
     
  27. You are almost better using less glue than too much.
     
  28. Fill in the section and then take a spoon and sprinkle with the glitter of your choice.
     
  29. Shake the spoon horizontally from side to side, until all of the glue is covered. I do one of these sections at a time one color of glitter at a time.

    Glitter Pendant 16
     
  30. Let it sit with glitter on it for about 10 seconds and glitter will settle into the glue.

    Glitter Pendant 17
     
  31. When the 10 seconds is up hold the flower over the little jar of the same color of glitter and dump all of the excess back in to the jar. Waste not, want not right???

    Glitter Pendant 18 
  32. See the excess is off and it looks much cleaner.

    Glitter Pendant 19
     
  33. I suggest that you do another petal after a couple of minutes. Take your time and go slow and you will have great results. Or make a few flowers and do a couple at a time and using the same color of glitter at a time. The time and care that you put in to this will be worth the effort.
     
  34. Let the flowers dry over night and then place back into a preheated oven at 275 for 15 minutes shut off the oven and let cool. When the flowers are cool again, take tooth brush and scrub the glitter areas with a tooth brush to take off any excess.
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