Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mandala Pendant DIY

The surge in popularity of mandalas, both in creating them and coloring these enchanting circles is not quieting down.
Mandala, which is a Sanskrit word for a "sacred circle" has taken over the world of crafters and you can find them made in a wide variety of materials.

Today, Classy Clay Jewelry artist is going to show us how to make a clay pendant mandala. So without further ado, follow her tutorial to make one.

Drawing is relaxing and unwinding. Have you heard of mandalas? I adore them. With this tutorial I have combined my favourite life areas - drawing, polymer clay work and psychology.

Jung studied mandalas and according to him they portray the psychical balance of an individual. The drawing of a mandala is a deep meditative practice.
Today we are going to make a clay mandala.

Supplies you need:

1. Polymer clay (Fimo soft)
2. Liquid polymer clay -
Liquid Fimo
3. Alcohol ink (Adirondack Alcohol Ink) or an alcohol pen(Spectrum noir) 
4. Polymer clay knife 
5. Clay silk screen kit by Sculpey
6. Pasta machine

Step 1:
Take the white polymer clay, work it well and slide it through the pasta machine to get the desired thickness. If you don't have a pasta machine, use a metal or glass clay roller.

Step 2:
Take the Sculpey Clay silk screen kit.
- Choose the silk screen pattern and metallic paint for your project. Shake paint well before use.
- Remove the backing paper from silk screen and position the screen shiny side down on top of the sheet of clay, smoothing the screen down with your fingers to eliminate any wrinkles. 
-Squeeze a line of paint above your pattern. Place the squeegee above the line of paint and pull down with light and even pressure. Do  this until the entire design is covered with paint.
-While paint is still wet, carefully remove the silk screen and immediately place the silk screen and squeegee in warm water. Gently rub the paint off using your finger and lay screen flat on a paper towel to dry.  Do not allow paint to dry on the screen.

Step 3:

Shape the pendant with a polymer clay knife. The next phase is baking at 110° C for 30 minutes. The fun begins when it cools down.


Step 4:

Coloring. You can use an alcohol ink or permanent markers. Work on the color design of your mandala. Wait patiently for it to dry.

Work on the back. Add a ring at a back orif you decide on making this a brooch, then add a brooch pin. Bake again at 110° C for 30 minutes.
Step 5:
Coat it with fimo polish or epoxy resin. Of course you can always leave the matte finish as well.
In the end, the pendant will capture and represent a constant remainder of your mood that day!




Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Wow what a beautiful and unique necklace you have made Maya. Thanks for showing how to make one. I bet it will look beautiful on you.

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Julie! But this isn't mine. This is a guest tutorial by Classy Clay Jewelry.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Very pretty! I've come across so many clay projects lately that I want to try.