In one of my many craft books or magazines (I unfortunately don't remember which one so I can't give them credit) I saw a neat little article on how to attach a homemade "bail" to a polymer clay frame. It showed how to make an eyepin out of wire, then insert that into the top of the frame to create a loop for hanging. Baking the clay secured the eyepin, allowing it to be used to hang the pendant. I figured that if you could essentially stick an eyepin in clay and it would stay I could probably stick other metal things into clay and they would also stay. Because my sculpting skills are so remedial, i decided to take one really basic shape I knew I could make, create several out of the shape out of the clay I had available, and embellish them in a variety of different ways. I can make two things: Hearts and blobs. Hearts seemed to be a better choice, so I went with that.
I created the first batch with hardware I had sitting around in the junk drawer at the house.
|Hex nuts and nails are fun!|
|Nails again, with a screw. I used a plastic knife from a fast food joint to add the texture.|
|I stabbed this one with some "gears" I had laying around.|
|Small brass nails attached this Tim Holtz keyhole. The gouges were made with a very small knitting stick that I have never, ever used for knitting.|
Once I had gotten started it was pretty much impossible to stop. I ended up having a bunch of ideas and not quite the right materials to execute them. So after a fun and productive trip to Lowes, I made batch two:
|Copper siding nails are wonderful!|
|So. Many. Tiny. Nails.|
|This one is my favorite, Hence it's status as the only pendant to actually make it to a necklace.|
|The addition of short silver nails with tiny heads let me use some more of those cool keyholes.|
|Franken-heart! I was really happy with the small hinges I found in what appeared to be the "drawer making" isle.|