DIY ceramic pendants
Despite the widespread popularity of polymer clay - as an easy-to-process material, colored, besides, in all possible colors - ceramics and decorations from it still do not give up their positions.
Ceramic pendants are a bit harder than plastic ones, and they need to be painted by hand, but that is why they sometimes seem more attractive - after all, these are the original traditions of handmaid.
There is nothing difficult in this - just take the clay out of the package, as a rule, it is already in the form of a briquette, and then cut and mash a piece of the size you need. Prepare in advance a small bowl with water, put a sponge into it, which will soak up with this water - you will need to wet your fingers during the modeling process, using a sponge, this can be done quickly and evenly.
Mash the clay, mold the pendant of this shape and size, what you want, decorate it with details and do not forget to make a hole for the cord on which it will hang.
Plots and ideas
Typically, ceramic pendants have some kind of relief, which is played up by coloring. For example, if you sculpt the sun, you can make thin wavy grooves on it, imitating the diverging heat and light. The form of the suspension can be any, usually prefer geometric options, but the lines in them are soft, not strict - this is a feature and dignity of ceramics.
As a rule, the main motifs for ceramic pendants are ethnic, rooted in the culture of India, North America or Polynesia. There are often patterns and ornaments taken from folk traditions, and they can cover any figure - it does not matter if it is a circle or, say, a fish. In traditional cultures, a circle and ovals are more common as a form to fill with an ornament, but this does not mean that you need to abandon triangles or squares.
Ceramic hanging firing
Do I need to burn pendants? It all depends on the clay. A number of manufacturers of clay with additives rather simply dried for several days, putting in a warm place. For large ceramics, such as vases, for example, special ovens with temperatures ranging from 400 degrees Celsius are required, but for small decorations, 220 degrees of an ordinary home oven are usually enough.
Line the tray with tissue paper or put special spacers on which you place the product so that it warms evenly from all sides, and put it in the oven for 1-2 hours (you should look at the exact time on the package). The size of the decoration is important and whether it is flat or convex - the first one will be baked much faster.
Slightly open the oven door at the very beginning of firing, and increase the temperature gradually, and then the product will not crack. Burnt clay is much stronger; it changes its color a little during this process, and the hole for the rope may lightly swallow, but it should not close completely.
Painting and varnishing
It is possible to paint suspensions with any paints not on a water basis. There are special paints for ceramics and even markers for ceramics - they can be used to achieve very thin and precise lines.
Varnish to cover the product is necessary - especially if you used clay, which dries by itself, and not in the oven. Both glossy and matt varnish look good in their own way, depending on the task. You can alternate them on one product, creating a special effect - say,you fashioned a striped yellow-orange cat, each yellow strip (and each yellow element in general) on which will be covered with a glossy varnish, and each orange strip - matte. It is best to use soft brushes.
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