These polymer clay pendants with foil accents are super easy to make and look great as a necklace or brooch.
I recently found a new hobby making polymer clay jewelry with my Cricut cutting machine.
You can create this project without a cutting machine but it sure makings things much easier.
I like adding Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) designs to polymer clay because you can do so much more detailing with this material. It is meant to survive some heat so it works well with the baking process with polymer clay.
A pendant is the perfect form factor for HTV on clay designs because there is more space to work with.
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Materials for Polymer Clay Pendants
Polymer Clay – I like Sculpey Polymer Clay, it seems to be the most reliable and easiest to work with.
HTV – I like the metallics from this assorted set of HTV
Pendant Frames – I love this super affordable assorted set of open bezel pendant frames.
Cutting Machine – I use a Cricut. Check out my recommendations for Cricut machines and accessories for beginners for more info.
Templates – These floral designs set is available in SVG and printable formats for free in my resource library.
How to make your own polymer clay pendant jewelry
Start by cutting out your designs and weeding them. When you are cutting HTV, make sure the shiny smooth side is facing the mat.
It is not super important but you can mirror your design if you choose.
Roll out your polymer clay. I dedicate a fondant roller to polymer clay because it does leave a bit of a residue. The back of the Cricut mats are a perfect surface to do this work.
I try to roll evenly to about 1.5mm thick. Try not to knead your clay too much because it creates air bubbles. Just start rolling directly from the block.
I then rolled the bezel directly on top of the rolled out clay. Peel the excess clay off.
Then using tweezers, manually place the HTV cutouts on your pendant. Push the vinyl cutout ever so slightly into the clay. Sometimes, I use the roller to do that last part.
Bake the pedants at 275 deg F for 12 to 15 minutes. Keep an eye on this as it is baking. Sometimes the HTV likes to curl up and you have to take it out of the oven and press it back in with tweezers.
After your pendants have cooled, check and make sure it is secure in the bezel. If it comes out, add a layer of super glue to the rim.