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Polymer clay Swirled pendant tutorial

First you need to plan the pattern. I used simple graphic software to create and color the pattern, you may just draw it on paper. Note that the pattern can involve items where colors are placed differently – in my example we’ll need total of 12 items involving 3 different types of color combinations –  6 items of type 1 as shown in the bottom part of the pattern, 3 of type 2, and 3 of type 3

Next steps are also shown in the photo below (click to open in a larger size)

1) select 3 colors of polymer clay, equal parts.  roll  each to a log – this will facilitate further dividing into equal-sized items

2) cut each log in 4 parts and make 4 same size balls of each color. You can certainly use other ways to get equal or nearly equal sized balls

3) cut each ball to 6  equal sectors

4 , 5) combine the sectors back to balls to arrive to the combinations needed for the patterns

6) turn each ball to a lentil swirled bead. If you don’t know how, you can use this great tutorial by Desiree http://www.desiredcreations.com/howTo_CALentilSwirl.htm

7) place the lentil beads in accordance with the pattern, check that you got all color combinations right, if not, make additional beads and replace wrong ones

8) lentil swirl beads have a swirl on both sides, so in fact you can have two pendants by cutting each bead in two halves

9, 10) join the items by  flattening gently with your fingers and  with a roller, use a cutter to arrive to round form. here it is, ready for baking

11) i love convex pendants – these ones were baked on old light-bulb

bake in accordance with the clay producer instructions, sand, buff and glaze

and some more examples of utilizing swirled patterns