Time Required :
About an hour
Beginner
Beginner
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faux agate clay pendant

Update your ensemble with this trendsetting pendant necklace.
Step 1
Break off half of the brick of opal clay, one small pinch of turquoise and one small pinch of chocolate clay.  Roll each bit of clay in your hands separately, warming it up and softening it. Roll each one into a ball and then roll each ball into a snake about 4" long.
Step 2
Once you have a small snake of each color of clay, lay them side by side, press together, and begin twisting from end to end. This will swirl all of the colors together.
Step 3
Once you have twisted the colors together, roll the clay into another, longer snake. Roll that snake until it is about 12" long, lift the snake from the center, and being twisting the two sides together again.
Step 4
Roll the twisted colors into a ball (the twisting has created a marbling effect), and use an acrylic roller to flatten the clay evenly until it is ¼" thick.
Step 5
Use an X-ACTO® knife to cut the shape of the pendant out of the rolled clay. Create a natural, freeform shape. Now use your X-ACTO® knife and make small ticks around the edges of the cut out shape, creating jagged edges that look more natural.
Step 6
Take a hold headpin and slide it into the top of the pendant, straight through the middle. Be sure not to poke it through the back. Trim headpin if it is too long for the pendant. The head should sit right on top of the clay. Be sure that none of the neck of the pin is showing.
Step 7
Place the pendant on a flat piece of foil and bake in the oven at 275° for 15 minutes.  Then carefully remove from oven.
Step 8
Paint the edges of the pendant with liquid gilding. Let dry.
Step 9
Paint a layer of Triple Thick glaze on top of the pendant. Let dry.
Step 10
Determine desired length of chain for your necklace and use pliers to open three jump rings. To open and close a jump ring, grasp both sides of your jump ring (along the center opening) with two pairs of chain nose pliers, one on each side and twist the jump ring open. Never pull the jump ring “out” to open as this will cause distortion.
Step 11
Attach a jump ring to each end of the chain, closing one completely and slipping a lobster claw onto the other before closing.  Use the third jump ring to attach the pendant to the chain from the headpin.
Step 12
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