Playing With Translucent Clay,Part 2 Nanmade jewelry

This is a brief photo tutorial to show how I made the above pendant using the veneer of the faux crackle cane from Part 1. The feedback I've received on part 1 of this tutorial varies widely. The content has not been the issue but people either love the format or hate it. It's impossible to please all of the people all of the time so I've decided to continue using this format. It is a "free" tutorial after all. Hope you can enjoy it!

Thinly slice even squares from the "rested" or cooled cane.
Start placing the squares close together on a sheet of gold metallic clay rolled out on a number 3 (medium) setting on the pasta machine.
Slices all laid out on the sheet of clay.
Smooth the surface of the veneer by gently rolling over the surface covered with a piece of parchment paper or a "patty paper". Don't press too firmly just enough to smooth over the seams between the slices.
Trim edges of veneer and start passing through pasta machine beginning with the thickest setting ( 0 on my Atlas). Turn piece a quarter of a turn after each pass and decrease the thickness one setting before passing it through again. Repeat until you get a look you like. I did it a total of 4 times (up to setting 3). Watch carefully for the pattern to start "smearing"then stop or the whole veneer will smear.
Finished veneer.
Place shape cutter over an area of the veneer and cut out a piece of the veneer covered clay at least 1/2 inch larger on all sides.
Gently push the clay into the shape without making any holes in the clay. This technique takes a bit of practice and the clay must be supple enough to work easily without cracking or splitting.
Place cutter and clay combination onto a sheet of matching clay rolled out fairly thickly(#2)
Gently but firmly push down evenly to cut through all layers of clay.
Remove all of the cut off clay before removing shape cutter.
Examine piece for small holes or gaps at the join seam. Gently smooth over gaps with your finger or a ball tool.
Make a tiny hole in a inconspicuous area to allow air to escape .Cure at normal temperatures and time depending on your clay and oven.

Hope you have enjoyed this free tutorial. Please feel free to comment. Cheers, Nan.

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Nan Smith

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