Florentine Necklace and Pin
With just a button, EasyMold putty, polymer clay and EasyCast epoxy you can make a beautiful, one of a kind necklace or pin!
Designed by Hilary Stephens.
- EasyMold Silicone Putty 1/2lb. Kit
- Pretty button or other original object
- Polymer Clay - 1 Package any Brand or Color
- EasyCast Casting Epoxy 8ox. Kit
- Pearl Ex Powdered Pigment Colors: Spring Green, Duo Green-Yellow, True Blue and Copper
- Small Paint Brushes
- Mixing Cups and Stir Sticks
- Drinking Straw
- Craft Heat Gun (optional)
- Waxed Paper
- Sandpaper 50 or 80 Grit
- Gloves (do not wear rubber gloves when making silicone mold)
- Lisa Pavelka Silver Bezels
- Pin Back 1" Length
- Chain 24" Length, Silver
- Glass Beads in Green Colors
- Chain Nose Pliers
Select a pretty button or other object to use to make a mold. We used a big fancy coat button. Family button boxes can be a good resource for a nice shape to make a mold form. Remember that the size should be about the size of the Pavelka bezel which measures 1 1/4". Ours overhangs the pendant a little bit.
Use a spoon to scoop out the equal parts of the two part silicone putty. Each putty ball should be a bit larger than half the size of the button. Blend the two parts together using just your fingertips until they form one color then roll the putty into a ball on the tabletop. You'll only have about 3 minutes to work with the putty, so move quickly.
Press the button into the putty ball making sure the silicone putty comes up along the sides of the button to form a basin for the clay. Be careful not to press too deeply into the ball which might create a hole through the bottom of the mold. Let the mold cure for a couple of hours with the button left inside the mold.
Condition the polymer clay by pinching and rolling it until warm and very pliable. Make a small ball of clay, roll it smooth then press it into the mold taking care to press clay into the corners of the mold. Trim excess clay from the top of the mold so that they clay just barely fills the mold. Care taken when filling the mold can reduce sanding later.
Using fingertips, first gently pull the side of the mold away from the clay inside. Then turn the mold over carefully flex the mold and the clay piece will fall out. Set aside and make another clay piece for pin.
Trim excess clay from clay pieces.
Lay out all the polymer pieces on a sheet of waxed paper. Use fingertips or a small paintbrush to apply Spring Green Pearl Ex to the front of the clay surface. Then apply Duo Green-Yellow Pearl Ex to highlight desired areas and to create contrast. For the pin, use True Blue Pearl Ex for base color and highlight with Due Green-Yellow and Copper Pearl Ex.
Bake the clay according to manufacturer's instructions. Let the clay pieces cool.
If needed use rough sandpaper to sand away excess clay from the back of the polymer pieces. Paint the back of the clay pin with acrylic paint and let dry for an hour.
Put the gloves on and protect work table with waxed paper.
Carefully measure two total ounces of the Easy Cast epoxy and mix exactly according to the instructions included in the box. Two ounces is more than is needed for this necklace and pin.
Place the polymer pieces on a clean sheet of waxed paper, then brush a small amount of epoxy on the top and sides of the clay pieces. Use a craft heat gun or blow gently through a drinking straw to remove the bubbles in the epoxy coating. Move the pieces around on the waxed paper and away from teh extra epoxy that flows from the piece.
After 24 hours, use E6000 or other strong craft glue to adhere the clay piece onto the Pavelka bezel and let dry overnight. Embellish chain with desired beads and link clay pendant to chain. Using strong glue (E6000 or other), adhere second piece to pin back.