Hope and Heart Pendant

by Marnie Ehlers.
(Tucson, AZ)

Hope and heart can change the world! Inspired by the quote from Mother Theresa, “If can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

Hope and Heart metal clay pendant by Marnie Ehlers  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

This piece is created from metal clay (PMC). The background on the front was textured using seeds to represent food to end childhood hunger and the sunflower filigree adds to the theme.

Hope and Heart metal clay pendant by Marnie Ehlers  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

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  1. Both sides of this pendant are beautiful, Marnie – I love the option to wear it with either side showing. Great use of metal clay’s versatility, and an inspiring idea for meaningful jewelry. Brilliant idea for using seeds to create the texturing.

  2. Colleen says:

    Wow, this is awesome in beauty and spirit. Is polymer clay hard to work with? I want to try it.

  3. Very nice

  4. A very beautiful and meaningful design, Marnie! Doing both sides of the metal clay is tricky. Any tips to share?

  5. Lovely design…thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you all for your kind words!

    Colleen, this piece was made from metal clay, not polymer clay. Metal clay is actually not a clay at all. It is composed of microscopic particles of metal (in this case silver), organic binders and water. Once you have designed your piece in metal clay, you fire it high temperatures (960 degree F. to 1700 degrees depending on what type you are using) and the binders burn away leaving the metal. Once a piece is fired it is metal!

    Mary, this piece was done in two pieces. The heart was done with a syringe, dried and then placed on the textured part. When doing pieces that are textured on both sides, make sure to make them thick enough so that you still have a layer of metal clay in the center of the piece so that the two textures don’t touch making a hole where they meet. I hope that helps!

  7. Beautiful – PMC is one of the things I want to learn how to work with! Love everything about this!

  8. Debby, I hope you give PMC a try…. It’s a wonderful medium to work in!

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