The making of these Mokume Gane polymer clay pendants

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In today’s post I am sharing with you how I created these beautiful Mokume Gane polymer clay pendants.

Blue and silver Mokume Gane pendant 2

Silver & blue Mokume Gane pendant 2

For these I used polymer clay in the colours black, blue (can’t remember which one, I think cobalt) and silver. It took several bakes and steps to complete.

First I made the bezels for the pendants – I used the black clay for this and this nifty tool – the Cabezel.

Cabezel for the bezel and cabochon of the pendant.
Cabezel for the bezel and cabochon of the pendant.

It helps shaping the bezels. However you have to be careful, when cutting around them. I made quite a few bezels in different shapes and also a bunch in silver. After baking them in my toaster oven, I sanded them, so they look smoother, especially around the “edges”.

Bezel part of the pendant.
Bezel part of the pendant.

The next step was to create my Mokume Gane cane. For this I used sheets in blue and silver, stacked them together (alternating the colours), rolled them tightly and then I used one of my ripple blades to cut slices off. The slices then went through my pasta machine. I used only the sheets I really liked to create my cabochons.

The cabochons were also made with the cabezel – this item with the cabochon part. I used a very thick sheet of black with the cane slices on top and then laid the cabochon parts of the Cabezel over the nicest looking pieces. I carefully cut them out. The next step was to push the finished cabochon into the baked bezel part.

Both parts attached went into the oven again.

Pendants after second bake with the cabochons but without the bail.
Pendants after second bake with the cabochons but without the bail.

After baking I made the bail using my extruder and a core adapter of 3 mm.This was very fiddly and time consuming. After attaching the bails, the whole pendant went back in the oven.

Back of pendants with the bail attached
Back of pendants with the bail attached

To give the pendants a neat finish the whole back with the bail got covered with a textured black sheet and a slice of my signature cane – and went into the oven for the final bake.

The pendants with the finished back - a textured layer which covers the bail and slices of my signature cane.
The pendants with the finished back – a textured layer which covers the bail and slices of my signature cane.

After baking I decided to varnish the pendants (mainly because sanding is very time consuming and it’s painful for my shoulder).

Finally I added the Buna (rubber) cord and the clasp.

I hope you like these pendants – you can find all of them in my shop here.

Blue and Silver Mokume Gane pendant 1 -detail

 

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