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Irish for a Day: St. Patrick's Day Craft and Recipe Guide
Lucky Irish Clay Pendant
By: Marie Segal
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This lovely jewelry project comes to us from artist Marie Segal. This lucky clay pendant is perfect for St. Patrick's Day, but you can attract luck any time of the year. Step-by-step photos show you how to create the clay shamrock. Wear a little bit of green on St. Patrick's Day so you don't get pinched!
Making the pendant:
Condition the black clay until it is a smooth consistency and roll out in the clay machine on the 4th thickest setting.
Place the cut out oval into the opening and center before gently pressing in to place.
Condition and roll out the green clay on the 4th thickest setting in the clay machine. Use the 3/8” pattern cutter to cut out a heart shape and place the cutter on the black textured clay and pull back the cutter really fast to get the clay heart to release on to the black clay. Sometimes this will not work, you do have to practice at this and if it doesn’t work cut out the hearts and turn the hearts over and place on the black clay to prevent the indentation from the plunger from being on the front of your design.
Before you place all of the hearts on the black clay in the shape of a shamrock, cut out one of the green hearts and roll in to a ball and then roll in to an elongated cone about ¾” to 1” and place the point of it towards the middle of all of the points of the hearts.
Cut out another green heart and roll it in to a ball and place in the center of the shamrock where all of the points meet and gently press down but not smash in place.
Curve the LUCKY word banner a little in an arc and place a tiny, tiny bit of glue on the back of the banner. Place on the top of the oval, a little on the bezel and a little on the clay.
Cut the length of rattail or ribbon that you are going to use and thread through the jump ring to finish the necklace. I also add a very small amount of glue to the ends of the rattail to prevent it from unraveling. You can also do this with the green Lumiere paint, just dip the end in to the jar and let dry.
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