Peel Pendant or Key Ring by Lisa Pavelka
- Polymer Clay – Black
- Lisa Pavelka Bezel Setting (Optional)
- Lisa Pavelka Crafting Foils (Celebrations or Expressions)
- Lisa Pavelka Magic-Glos™
- Lisa Pavelka Poly Bonder™
- Lisa Pavelka Texture Stamps – Exotique or Flora
- Polymer Clay Blade
- Acrylic Rod
- Clay Dedicated Pasta Machine (Optional)
- Smooth Ceramic Tile (Optional)
- Baby Wipes
- X-ACTO® Craft Knife
- Toaster Oven
- Parchment paper
- Circle Cookie Cutter (Dedicated to Craft use Only)
- Jump Ring, 8-10mm
- Hand Drill
- Packing Tape – Clear
- Carabiner Hook (optional)
Step 1 Condition ¼ block of black clay by kneading or rolling through the pasta machine on the largest setting until smooth and pliable. Be sure to clean hands well after conditioning with a baby wipe.
Step 2 Using the pasta machine roll the clay through reduced setting until you have rolled it out on the third largest setting. You can also roll out clay to the thickness between two stacked decks of four playing cards using an acrylic roller. Tip: When using the pasta machine to roll the clay out, always place the folded edge down against the rollers to avoid trapping air pockets in the clay. Tip: Pasta machine settings vary from brand to brand. Check to see if the smallest number is the largest setting between rollers or the thinnest. Adjust your settings down or up from the largest setting when following suggested thickness.
Step 3 Place the clay sheet on a piece of deli/parchment paper.
Step 4 Choose foil color of your choice. Place the color side face up -- we need to burnish the foil onto the clay. To burnish the foil, use a piece of scrap paper between your fingers and the foil. Burnish by rubbing with you fingers for 30-60 seconds. It is the heat that makes these foils adhere and not pressure. When the foil is warm to the touch, quickly pull away the foil sheet at one corner. Tip: Small speckles of foil may still adhere to the foil sheet. This is normal. If there are larger spots where the foil did not release, place the foil sheet down lining up the missing spots and re-burnish.
Step 5 Use one of Lisa Pavelka’s texture stamps, Exotique or Flora, to imprint the texture.
Step 6 Lift your foiled clay sheet from the parchment paper. You should do this in between each technique just so the clay does not stick to the paper.
Step 7 Lay the texture stamp (pattern face down) onto the foiled clay sheet. Using your acrylic roller firmly make ONE pass over the back of the texture sheet, pressing down. The end result is the texture of the stamp will be imprinted in the clay and foil.
Step 8 Remove the texture stamp. You will see the embossing into the clay. Take a piece of clear packing tape and gently lay it on top of the foil, then use your finger to press lightly over the tape (do not press down). Gently remove the tape. The end result is the design is now framed out by the black clay, leaving a unique pattern.
Step 9 At this time you can use a cookie cutter for a shape or use a bezel to cut out a piece of the foiled and textured clay. Using a craft knife, trim the outline of the bezel shape.
Step 10 Apply a little Polybonder™ to the inside of the bezel. Carefully place the trimmed clay sheet inside the bezel. Tip: If you under cut your clay sheet, gently push the clay sheet towards the edges of the bezel until the entire bezel is covered with your clay sheet. You can also use textures such as sandpaper and texture stamps. Also a little glue goes a long way -- less is more!
Step 11 Your pendant is almost complete. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
Step 12 Remove your piece and let it cool. When cool, place on a small work surface and apply Lisa Pavelka Magic-Glos™ as directed. You can cure your piece outside in direct sunlight or by using Lisa Pavelka’s UV cure lamp for approximately 10 minutes. Using Magic-Glos ™ will give a faux dichroic effect. Tip: The UV cure lamp allows for added convenience and windy day use as well as nighttime use.