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My Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose pendant was one of those crafts that started with the supplies. Specifically, I found the little cloches at the craft store and knew they were begging for a rose. To make your own pendant, you’ll need:
- Mini Cloches
- Red Polymer Clay
- Green Polymer Clay
- Floral Wire
- Wire Cutters
- Gloss Finnish (optional)
- Clothes Pins
- Jewelry Glue
- Clay Tools (optional)
When shopping at your craft store, look for cloches in both the jewelry aisle and the scrapbooking department. I’ve found different styles in both places.
When you’re working with polymer clay, always work on a solid surface that is easy to clean. I’m using a marble tile I picked up from the hardware store, but I’ve also used parchment paper.
Roll out at least eight small balls of red clay and then press them down with your thumb. Pick up one clay disc and roll it to create the center of your rose. Add the additional discs around the center, folding down the top of each, to create the petals. Before moving on to the green clay, clean your surface and hands to keep the color from transferring. (I use baby wipes for this.)
Roll out a small amount of green clay and create a leaf shape. Use a needle or safety pin to create leaf lines in the clay. (I’m using a clay tool.) Flip the clay over and create the lines on the other side as well. If your leaf is sticking to the surface, a clay blade is helpful in lifting it up.
Measure a piece of floral wire to the approximate length you’ll want your rose stem. Cut the wire with wire cutters. (Cutting wire with scissors can ruin them, so never cut wire with scissors unless you’re OK with the potential damage!)
Roll the wire stem in green clay. I found it helpful to roll on the marble surface and between my fingers to get it fully covered. Use a small amount of green clay to create a cross shape for the bottom of your rose.
Use your clay blade or scissors to trim off the bottom of the rose. It’s easy to crush your petals when handling the rose, so be gentle and re-curl petals as needed.
Add the green cross to the bottom of your rose and use a needle to create a hole for the stem.
Carefully add the stem and leaf to your rose and bake according to the directions on your clay.
I love the look of a glossy rose, so I covered mine in a clear gloss craft finish. You can paint, use other finishes or leave it matte depending on your preferences.
Use a toothpick or some other tool to add a small dot of jewelry glue to the base of your cloche. Use clothes pins to hold your rose in place while it dries overnight.
To get the full “Enchanted Rose” effect, you’ll want to add a petal or two to the base of your cloche. You can glue these into place, or left them move around or “float” when it’s worn.
Carefully add more jewelry glue around the base of the glass cloche and secure it to the base. Once everything is dry, you can add a jump ring and chain so your pendant will be ready to wear.
If you prefer to make a miniature enchanted rose for your shelf, remove the loop on the top of the glass dome-carefully-with a craft knife.
It’s the perfect accessory to remind you of a tale as old as time…