192 Song Bird Necklace Project
#192 – Song Bird Necklace
Clay Casting Project

Create this fabulous necklace for yourself or as a gift!

Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp:  #192 – Song Bird
Polymer clay*  (such as Sculpey, Fimo, Kato, Polyform, Amaco etc):  2oz. Green and 2oz Gold 
       or use 4 oz. 
Creative Paperclay®*
1 clay casting*: #192 – Song Bird  (refer to Basic Clay Casting Instructions)
2" round cookie cutter (or larger if desired)
Cornstarch if using polymer clay (or flour if using Creative Paperclay)
Pearl Ex® powdered pigments by Jacquard: #674 Interference Gold and #657 Sparkle Gold if using polymer clay, or...
        ...Acrylic paints in gold and  green if using Creative Paperclay
Sandpaper:  400, 600, 1000 grit (use wet/dry** to sand polymer clay)
1 piece .018 beading wire 18 inches long
1  – 10mm etched brass jump ring
2  – 23mm vintage brass filigree rings
2 crimper beads
17-20  –  3mm-10mm beads in complimentary colors of your choice (I used various shapes and sizes
          of jade, wood and Czech glass beads in hues of green, brown and ivory).
19 inches of silk, cotton or organza ribbon to match beads
Acrylic sealer: glossy or matte (I used glossy)
Round-nose pliers
2 pairs of chain-nose pliers
Flush cutters
Crimping pliers (see About Crimping Pliers)

Optional:  Clay oven (to avoid baking polymer clay in your kitchen oven)
Optional:  Pasta machine (instead of using a rolling pin) to press clay 1/4" thick.

* NOTE:  If you wish to reuse your stamps to bake cookies, we recommend that you use Creative Paperlay® which is very easy to use, is non-toxic and it does not require conditioning or baking… it air dries to a paintable pure white (no oven needed).  It’s also very light, so it’s perfect for jewelry.   WARNING:  Polymer clay may leave a toxic residue on your stamps – therefore, do not reuse stamps for baking after using them to cast polymer clay.  Suggestion: You may want to use our craft stamps (no handle) for your polymer projects and cookie stamps (with a handle) for baking. This will help you to differentiate between the stamps which are for crafting only, and those which are for baking.

1.  Condition your polymer clay (see Conditioning Polymer Clay Tutorial). Then mix a small amount of gold clay with the green clay to get the desired shade of green that you want.  If you’ve never used polymer clay before, you may want to learn the basics and then come back to this project, or use Creative Paperclay instead. 

2.  Use a rolling pin (or pasta machine) to roll out your clay to a little more than 1/4" thick.  

3.  Use your cornstarch for polymer clay (or flour for Paperclay) as a resist so your stamp doesn’t stick to the clay.  I put the cornstarch or flour directly on the clay surface instead of the stamp surface.  Stamp the clay with the Song Bird stamp.   

4.  Line your cookie cutter up with the circle left by the stamp impression and cut out your casting.  Note: a cookie stamp is 2" in diameter, and a craft stamp is 2.5" in diameter.

5.  While the casting is still wet, pierce a hole at the top (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions
 on How to Make a Hole). Make sure the hole is big enough to fit your 10mm jump ring.  

6.  If you’re using Creative Paperclay, set your casting aside to dry.  If you’re using Polymer Clay, lightly dust the bird and the leaves with Pearl Ex (as shown); then put your casting on a ceramic tile and bake according to manufacturer’s instructions.  

7.  **  When the polymer clay casting is done baking, sand the sides smooth and round –  it needs to be wet-sanded. Be careful not to sand or wash off the Pearl Ex.  For this project I sanded off small portions of the Pearl Ex on purpose to give it a distressed look.  
 Note:   If you used Creative Paperclay, 
sand the sides smooth and round. Then use acrylic paints to paint the pendant as follows: 
      1)  Cover entire pendant in green and let dry. 
      2)  Then use gold to highlight as shown in photos and let dry. 
      3)  Then sand off random areas to get the same distressed look.  

8.  Use a matte or gloss finish sealer.  For this project I used a gloss sealer. 

9.  Take your beading wire and pass one end through a hole in one of the vintage filigree rings...

...and bring it through to the other side to form a loop through it.  

10.  Pass both ends through a crimp bead 
(see instructions on How to Close a Crimp Bead). 
Use your crimp pliers and crimp your beading wire tight against the base of the vintage filigree ring. Leave a small tale (approx. 1/2 inch) of beading wire to pass back through your first few beads for added strength and security.   

11.  String your beads randomly.  Try not to make too much of a pattern, but disperse colors evenly. 

12.  When you are finished stringing your beads, repeat Step 9 to finish the other end with the other vintage filigree ring. 

13.  Attach the song bird pendant using the 10 mm jump ring...

...to place it in the center of your strung beads.

14.  Pass your ribbon through both vintage filigree rings and tie a bow.... and you’re finished!   
Necklace designed and created by Maggie Montgomery.Photograph by David Montgomery.

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