Goldstamped kanji

pendant

Project by: Jacqueline Lee

Stamping a kanji, or Japanese pictogram, in gold bronzing powder creates a striking image for this elegant pendant. This project involves several layers and multiple bakings. The instructions are written in order of assembly, but it may be helpful to read through the steps and create all of the clay layers first, and then assemble and bake the layers. Wear a painters mask when working with the gold bronzing powder; you do not want to breathe the fine particles as you work.

YOU WILL NEED FOR ONE PENDANT

l/2 oz. black polymer clay (Premo)

Pasta roller

Craft knife

Two Asian-style rubber stamps (large kanji character and background pattern stamp)

Gold bronzing powder

2/2 oz. copper polymer clay (Premo)

Gold metal leaf or composition leaf

Kato Clear Polyclay medium

Brush for medium

Tissue blade

Two eye pins

Wire cutters (for clipping eye pins)

Chain-nose pliers (for bending eye pins)

Last six supplies listed on page 81

1. Layer #1: Roll a thin sheet of black clay on setting #4 of the pasta roller. Rub bronzing powder on the kanji stamp and stamp onto the clay. Cut out a circle shape around the stamped image with the craft knife and bake the circle on a glass baking dish or tile at 275°F for 10 minutes. Set aside.

2. Layer #2: Roll out a sheet of copper clay on setting #3 of the pasta roller and trim it to a 2-inch square. Lay this square facedown on gold leaf (the leaf will stick to it) and trim leaf with the tissue blade to fit.

3» Roll the clay and gold leaf through the pasta roller on setting #3 to adhere leaf. Run the sheet through again on setting #4 to crackle the leaf. Turn the clay a quarter turn and run the sheet through again on setting #5.

Score the back of the baked circle kanji piece (layer #1) with a craft knife. Brush on a coat of Kato Polyclay medium, and press onto the copper/gold leaf layer (layer #2). Trim the copper clay into a square with the tissue blade to frame the kanji circle. Bake on a glass baking dish or tile at 275°F for 10 minutes.

5» Layer #3: Roll a sheet of black clay through the pasta roller on setting #5 and set it on the tile or baking dish that you will be baking it on later. (Placing the clay on the tile or dish helps to keep it from moving and distorting the image.) Rub bronzing powder on the Asian pattern stamp and stamp onto clay.

6. After the baked layers (#1 and #2) have cooled, score the back of the baked kanji piece with a knife and brush with the Kato medium. Press onto the black clay with the Asian pattern stamped onto it (layer #3). Using the tissue blade, trim the sides flush with the top layers, leaving a narrow border on the top and bottom.

8« Create a hairpipe bead as directed in steps 9 through 11 of the floral pendant project. Bake the finished pendant and hairpipe bead at 275°F for 30 minutes. To complete the necklace, add a cord as directed in steps 12 through 14 of the floral pendant project.Use a purchased bead to slide over the cords or make a bead using the leftover copper clay and gold leaf. Use a skewer to make a large hole in the bead and bake at 275°F for 30 minutes.

Layer #4: Roll out a sheet of copper clay on setting #1 of the pasta roller. Trim the top of the sheet with the tissue blade and press bent eye pins into the clay (see step 5 of the Asian-style floral pendant project on page 83). Score the back of the three-layer assemblage and brush with the Kato medium. Press onto the copper clay. Trim this layer as you did layer #3 in step 6.

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