Cindi shares a quick & easy way to achieve a faux batik effect and create these bright, colorful pendants which are perfect for summer.
- premo! Sculpey® Premium Clay
- White and in colors to coordinate with whatever colors of alcohol inks you choose
- Floral Squares
- Clay roller
- Round clay cutters in progressive sizes
- Alcohol inks in assorted colors
- Scrap cloth, felt or cotton balls
- Fine wet/dry sandpaper
- White satin cording
- Metallic Lustre™
- White Frost
- Metallic Lustre™
- Optional – PYM II spray sealant or JudiKins™ Diamond Glaze™
- Roll white clay to a little less than 1/4” thick.
- Place un-inked stamp onto rolled clay and press firmly to transfer the pattern to the clay. This stamp is perfect as the flowers are actually in “negative space” against a flat background. This makes the flowers raise up off the surface when impressed into the clay.
- Use round clay cutter to cut out around flowers.
- Select 2-3 colors of alcohol inks for each pendant. Apply over the surface allowing the colors to blend into each other at the edges as shown. I used scrap pieces of a wash cloth to apply my inks, but you can also use cotton balls or pieces of felt.
- Bake according to manufacturer instructions. Let cool.
- Use sandpaper to lightly sand surface and remove ink from the raised areas.
- Select 2-3 coordinating colors of clay for base of pendant. Roll first color to about 1/4” thick.
- Place stamped floral piece onto rolled clay – do not press to try to adhere – you are just using it as a guide for the larger circle – and use larger round clay cutter about 1/4-1/2” larger than first cutter to cut out base from solid color clay.
- Roll second color of clay to about 1/8” thick. Add a touch of Bake & Bond to back of floral disc and place onto rolled clay and use clay cutter about 1/8” larger to cut disc. Place onto larger disc.
- There are several ways you can add details at this point. I used three different techniques. For the first, I rolled a third color of clay, and use a Sculpey Etch & Pearl tool to add pearls of clay surrounding the flowers.
- For the second I used the tool at an angle to create indentations along the edges in both base layers.
- For the third I used the base of the tool gently pushed it into the layer beneath the flowers to add impressions.
- Bake according to manufacturer instructions.
- I then created bails for each pendant using rolled clay, added a touch of Bake & Bond and re-baked the pendants. Once cool, I applied a light touch of White Frost Metallic Lustre over the base clay to highlight the edges and details.
- You can seal your pendants if desired with a coat of PYM II spray, or add resin over the floral discs. I used JudiKins Diamond Glaze.
- Add coordinating satin cording.
Designed by Cindi McGee – Behind These Eyes™