Swirly Pendant | Art Elements Challenge

I’d thought I would have loads of inspired ideas for the Art Elements ‘Swirl’ theme, but I found myself continually revolving around only one concept – swirled polymer clay lentil beads. However, I couldn’t really think of anything much different from a couple of lentil bead buttons I’d made a long time ago, so it was a no-go. As the month drew to a close, I thought I just won’t participate this time. Then I decided to give mokume gane a try. As usual, it didn’t go so well, but I managed to salvage the project, and it turned into this –

Swirly pendant, polymer clay | Anita

Think this just about qualifies as a participant for the challenge! πŸ˜‰

I used an embossing folder for the mokume gane texture, with a red clay sheet over a thicker yellow one, so that a patterned yellow shows up on the red when I slice away the raised areas. The slicing didn’t really work so well, so I impressed the same texture again onto the same clay. From this sheet, I cut out a square that would fit into a pendant frame that I own. I then applied red and gold Perfect Pearls on the raised surfaces of the square, and smoothed out its edges.

I filled up the pendant frame with scrap clay – I anyway had leftovers from the slicing and the cutting out of the square – and then set the square over it so it appears somewhat domed. A 20-minute bake completed the pendant.

So that’s my super-quick project for the Art Elements challenge. Today’s the reveal, and I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing what the other guests and the Art Elements team have created, and I hope you are as well!

Guests: Alison β€’ Anita (You are here) β€’ Cat β€’ Caroline β€’ Jill β€’ Kathy β€’ Karin β€’ Kimberly β€’ Mischelle β€’ Raven β€’ Sarajo β€’ Susan β€’ Tammy

AE Team: Cathy β€’ Caroline β€’ Claire β€’ Jen β€’ Jenny & Lesley β€’ Laney β€’ Marsha β€’ Susan

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35 thoughts on “Swirly Pendant | Art Elements Challenge

    • Thank you, Alison! The techniques are ones I’ve tried individually before, but using them together is definitely a new experience, and I’m glad it worked. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you, Karin! Polymer clay is a versatile medium indeed, and I think this color combo turned out better than the blue-based one I originally thought of.

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  1. Your super quick project turned out wonderful! I believe that all the time pondering before starting a project is an essential learning part. Even if it takes time, it will turn out in more inspirations later on! πŸ™‚

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  2. Great color choices for the pendant and I like the extra texture you stamped on. I have yet to master the thin slicing for mokume gane. It’s such a great technique, but I don’t have the best “blade control” for it.

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    • Thank you Tammy! Mokume gane definitely demands blade control, and I thought my modest success with the Sutton slice in another of this month’s projects would help this time. Looks like it wasn’t enough. πŸ˜‰

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