Create Ellen Kharade's seaside-themed necklace out of metal clay and beads
What you need...
- Precious metal clay kit
- Stamp, Hobby Art, By The Sea (CSO 38D)
- Mould, Cookson: Seashore 4 Designs (700 513)
- Head pins
- Jump rings
- Chain, snake
Cover your hands and work surface with a little badger balm, then push a ball of clay into a starﬁsh mould. Leave to ﬁrm up for a few minutes before peeling back the mould and popping out the motif.
Make a small hole at the end of one of the points and leave for several hours to dry out completely. Cover a playing card with a ﬁlm of badger balm and roll a ball of clay into a ﬂat sheet of about 1-2mm.
Press the text stamp onto the clay until you get a good impression and gently lift away. Trim the clay into a rectangle and make holes at the top and
bottom using a cocktail stick. Leave the piece to dry out completely.
Sand around the shapes until smooth and enlarge the holes with a needle ﬁle. Place onto the ﬁrebrick and move the torch over the surface as before. Leave to cool down completely.
Scrub away the white coating with a wire brush, then, using gloves, make up the liver of sulphate solution and dip the piece until the colour change occurs. Sand the surface till smooth, then buff to a mirror ﬁnish.
Thread a jump ring through the starﬁsh, attach crystals and beads and ﬁx onto the rectangle of text. Add a few decorations to a jump ring and join to the base. Finally, attach the pendant onto the snake chain.