SHAPE A SHINY NECKLACE WITH
FOUND OBJECTS AND PMC
Time: 2–3 Hours Complexity: Medium
1. THINK IT THROUGH
When working with PMC, think through the entire project before starting — this material, unlike regular
clay, can be expensive to waste (thus the name precious!).
Before beginning your project, read through
all the instructions and consider the following
» What are you going to make? If making a
pendant (as in this project) or earrings, how will
the piece hang when worn?
» Will you need to attach a jump ring for a
chain or cord to go through? Or will the bail
(loop) be integrated into your piece?
» Will the piece have texture? Texture can be
applied on both sides of your project if you roll
out your piece 4–6 cards thick.
» Are you are going to make a mold to help
shape your clay? If so, follow the instructions
enclosed with your Sculpey first.
Other things to consider:
» PMC works best when compressed or worked
in toward the center of your piece rather than
smeared out toward the edges. You want your
finished piece to be smooth around the edges and
comfortable to wear.
» Your piece will shrink 10%–12%, so size your
» Rings should not be attempted for this first project;
you will need to purchase additional items and
you’ll need the shrinkage formula for rings.
2. CHOOSE YOUR PATTERNS
Before making molds for our 3 pendants, we need
to choose 3 patterns. Almost anything with a relief
pattern can be used to make a mold. Leaves, flowers,
patterns on rocks, shells, small plastic toys, or
rubber stamps can make wonderful and unusual
patterns and shapes. I made one of my patterns
with leftover clay and the others with rubber stamps.
For this project you’ll make 3 small molds, each not
exceeding ¾", so your patterns should be no larger
than ¾" across.