How to Make a Glazed, Double-Sided Ceramic Pendant
Use a variety of under glazes and a photo transfer technique to make unique jewelry pendants.
Artist Jasna Sokolovic of Canada shares the process for creating her double-sided, glazed ceramic pendant.
- photocopy on newsprint paper
- ceramic under glazes
- white glaze
- ceramic pencil
- craft knife
- measuring triangle
- rolling pin
- rubber stamp
- container of water
- silver wire
- silver necklace wire
- silver beads
- jewelry glue
1. Roll a small sheet of clay with a rolling pin. Measure and cut a small clay tile using a craft knife. Smooth the edges.
2. With a needle tool, make two holes in the top edge for stringing the necklace wire.
3. Rubber-stamp an image on one side of the tile.
4. Roughly cut around the photocopied image. Apply black under glaze over the image.
5. Press the image glaze side down onto the side of the tile opposite the stamped image. Use a wet sponge to dab the back of the paper to transfer it to the tile (Image 1).
6. Lift the paper image from the tile. The ink from the photocopy will resist the glaze and the image will transfer to the clay (Image 2).
7. Bisque-fire the pendant in the kiln according to manufacturer's instructions. Let cool.
8. Apply black under glaze to the entire pendant. Remove the under glaze with a wet sponge. The black will settle in the crevasses of the stamped impression.
9. Outline the transferred image with a ceramic pencil to add definition.
10. Brush on white glaze to selected parts of the image. Add shadows over the white glaze with the ceramic pencil.
11. Apply green glaze around the transferred image. Apply blue glaze around the stamped image. Apply clear glaze to the areas that you would like to be shiny.
12. Fire the ceramic pendant in the kiln.
13. Glue loops of silver wire into the pre-made holes and place silver beads at the base of the wires. Thread a silver necklace wire through the loops.