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Silver Metal Clay Tech Heart Pendant
by Sherri Haab
- PMC+ or PMC3 Silver Metal Clay
- Olive oil or Badger Balm Ointment
- Teflon sheet or plastic work surface
- Small circle clay cutter
- Heart cutter
- Computer circuit board (or other texture)
- Sterling Silver head pin (at least 2" long)
- Faceted AB crystal bead
- Nail file
- Brass Brush for finishing
- Small Kiln for PMC or torch for firing
- Fire brick or kiln shelf
- Round nose pliers and wire cutter
- Chain for hanging
Roll out a thick sheet of metal clay (approximately 3/8" thick).
Press a computer circuit board onto the clay to make a texture. Use olive oil or Badger Balm to prevent the clay from sticking to the board.
Use a small circle cutter to cut out a circle for the middle of the heart. Use a heart shaped cutter to cut the outside shape with the cut circle centered in the middle.
Slide a head pin vertically up through the bottom of the heart and out through the top. Twist the head pin to widen the hole a bit. Remove the head pin.
Let the heart dry.
Lightly sand the edges with a nail file.
Fire the heart at 1650° for 10 minutes in kiln. You can torch fire instead with a small butane torch if using PMC3.
After firing, burnish the piece with a brass brush. Follow with a burnishing tool or knitting needle to polish the edges and the high spots for a brighter shine.
Thread the head pin up through the heart. Use a needle to widen the hole if necessary. This will compress and burnish the hole. Place a bead in the center of the heart and thread the head pin through the bead and up through the top of the heart. Use pliers to make a loop for hanging. Twist the wire a few times and clip off the excess wire.
Hang the heart from a chain.
Last updated on Fri, September 18, 2009 by Metal Clay Guru