Polymer Clay Faux Pewter Pendants

Today I want to share a fun polymer clay tutorial with you, that is great for all ages!

Premo Sculpey Clay Pendants.

Polymer Clay Tutorial Pewter Pendants - Crafts Unleashed 2Your kids are going to love this one- and I guarantee it will take you back to your own childhood! Who didn’t love rolling “snakes” out of play-doh?

The end result of your “playing” are these wonderfully rustic pendants that look like they are forged out of hammered pewter.

Are you ready to get busy?

Here is what you will need to make your own custom pendants:

The first thing you will need to do is condition your clay. The clay is fairly hard straight out of the package. You will need to soften it by kneading it. The warmth from your hands will help, too. Do this in small batches. The kids are wonderful at conditioning the clay!

I used white clay for my projects, but really any color will work, we will be painting them completely later.

When you get the clay to a workable consistency, use a brayer, or rolling pin to roll the clay out into your desired thickness, and size.

This will be your pendant base.

Then, you have a million options!

I am going to walk you through a stamped pendant to show you the process.

Make sure your clay base is the right size for your stamp. Center the stamp over the rolled clay and gently press the stamp into the clay. You can personalize your pendants with alphabet stamps.

I found it helpful to slightly rock the stamp back and forth, to get the impression deep and even.

Keep in mind that if the impression is not to your liking, you can just scoop that clay up and roll it out again!

You can also create your own designs by rolling small pieces of clay into shapes.

Start with a base. You can easily add texture to your bases. For this pendant, I laid a piece of burlap over my base, and used a brayer to imprint the texture of the burlap into the clay.

For this next pendant, I formed a simple heart. Here is where you can go crazy with your imagination. If you do a simple Google search for Premo Sculpey clay, there are a lot of tutorials on creating with clay. I found clay tools to be helpful to get details sharp. (And they are super inexpensive!)

It doesn’t matter if your shapes are not “perfect.” This is what adds to the charm of these pendants. If they were perfect, they would look manufactured.

I used the brayer to “smoosh” the heart onto the base.

Then, with all of my pendants, I used an embossing stylus to create a hole at the top of the pendants.

The wonderful thing about this clay, is that it does not harden until it is baked. Take your time. You can take a few days to work on pendants if you would like. This would be a fun project to work on over Christmas break.

When you have a batch of pendants, bake them in the oven according to the directions on the package.

When the pendants have baked, and cooled completely, you can even out any rough areas or sharp edges with a sand-it gadget.

Then you need to paint all of your pendants silver.

You can use spray paint, or any metallic paint. You are going for a shiny metal look.

When the paint is completely dry, it is time to make it look pewter.

This is simple to do using a sharpie marker! You will need to work fairly quickly on this step.

Fill in the embedded areas of your image using the sharpie marker.

When the ink is still wet, use a foam pad to gently remove some of the ink, and slightly “smear” it.

You can also add ink to the edges of your pendants, and the accents on your pendants.

You can see how I added it to the perimeter of the heart:

Here is a tip I learned through trial and error. If you add ink, and it dries before you can manipulate it, or you simply added too much ink, you can go back over the area you would like to fix with the sharpie, and when it is wet again, it will wipe away.

You can see how the end result is very much pewter looking.

These pendants are perfect for necklaces and bracelets, key-rings, attachments to gift bags and packages, wine glass charms, home decor accents, and personalized charms for cards or scrapbook pages! I am sure you can think of many more uses.

(The middle charm shown below is a Christmas ornament for my tree. My kids pressed their fingerprints into the clay.)

Polymer Clay Tutorial Pewter Pendants - Crafts UnleashedOne thing is for sure. Once you give this project a try, you will be hooked!

So much funner than play-doh! (And it doesn’t get stuck in the carpet.)

About Shaunte

Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).

Comments

  1. When using these for jewelry, do you use a sealer? If so, what kind?

  2. These are super cool…I have a kiln and everything for silver clay but these look awesome at a fraction of the cost!

  3. I made these this weekend, and Shaunte is right….I’m hooked! I made a set of napkin rings with twine for a friend, and I made four medallions. I am already looking at mine and saying, “Oh I could have added this and done that!” So next weekend I will be making more. Because we had such beautiful weather, I was able to do much of the work outside. Win, win!

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ashley – I made tags with air-dried clay around Christmas time and sprayed them with a clear sealant. That worked well.

  5. I bought clay today to make these to find out the clay is air-hardening..will this still work if i cannot bake the clay?

  6. Christine M says:

    I’m sure I have some polymer clay somewhere. I am going to make some for greetings cards and scrapbooking. Thank you for a great idea.

  7. This is genious!! Thanks so much for sharing :)xx

  8. @johnnie- thanks for the feature! @Missy- gift certificates ROCK!! I hope you have fun!

  9. These are gorgeous. I have done a lot of faux pieces with clay, but never faux pewter. Featuring you at Saved By Love Creations today. Great project and tutorial!

  10. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I have had a desire to experiment with clay since I make jewelry, but some of it seems so intimidating. I bought a set of cutters and some clay and will experiment this weekend courtesy of a Michael’s gift card. Free supplies and an understandable tute…winning combination! Thanks!

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