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Sun Tea Enameled Pendant Necklace Tutorial
Created by: Rita Hutchinson
Clean the blank with Penny Brite per package instructions. Rinse thoroughly and avoid touching further.
Spray klyr fire onto blank, and sift on a base coat of white enamel.
Mix a small amount of each enamel color that you plan to use with Klyr Fire or distilled water in separate well or container.
Mix each with brush. Desired texture is muddy. If you have too much water, you can wick some away with a brush, add extra enamel, or allow to dehydrate a bit by allowing it to sit.
Transfer blank to torching basket on tripod, and fire.
Watch closely: when the enamel begins to melt, you'll see a glossy "orange peel" stage where the enamel beads up before slumping to a smooth fired sheen. Fire a bit more, but don't overheat.
Designer Tips, Continued...
Allow piece to cool to before touching. You can use the locking tweezers to transfer from the firing basket to a firing brick or pan of warm vermiculite.
Clean cooled piece in pickle or with Penny Brite.
Paint desired colors/design onto enamel base coat. Allow wet enamel to dry completely before firing.
Repeat firing, cooling, and cleaning steps.
Cut two graduated lengths of deer hide lace.
Wire wrap beaded dangles of single crystal beads onto ball end head pins. For step-by-step instructions on making beaded dangles, see Jewelry Basics 101 (PDF). Attach these dangles to the shorter length of cord with oval jump rings. You may wish to add a drop of glue on the reverse side of the lace.
Attach the enameled pendant to the necklace bail with appropriately sized round jump ring. String this pendant on the longer length of cord.
Gather one end of each cord, add a drop of adhesive, and insert into one end of center crimp clasp. Gather opposite end of each cord, add adhesive and insert into the other end of the center crimp clasp. Allow adhesive to dry. Crimp center section of each end for additional security.