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1 minute video about  polyethylene oxide  and its peculiar properties

First tutorial!

Okay, bear with me here–I tried to take as many photos of the process as I could, but today I made a polymer negative of a piece of Garnet’s pendant: the bail. It was obviously far too unique to buy in any store, so I knew I was going to have to make it somehow. JC and I picked up the stuff to make the silicone mold and the resin casts today (just realized I forgot to buy the mold release though) so I wanted to get this done before I go back to work on Tuesday.

Anyhow, without further ado allow me to show you my work. First I actually put my space heater up on my desk to help warm up my clay and make it workable. Then I got ahold of one of those little pods you get out of quarter toy machines (do they have those in other countries? I hope that’s not too confusing) which I affectionately call ‘spaceships’ and used it to make the initial bowl shape:

Next, I added a little loop to the inside which I reinforced with copper wire (in case I don’t actually cast it and then have to use this one).

I added the cross sections to the top.

And then I added the little crosses using a stencil I made with construction paper. I rolled out the polymer using a wooden skewer as a rolling pin and cut the shapes with my Buck knife, but an Xacto probably would have been easier tbh.

After that, I affixed the bottom ring and the little ‘wings’.

Next I sculpted a little pillar and put a hole in it using the wooden skewer so that I could run chain through it.

And then I added the little rivets to finish it off.

Then I wrapped it gently in foil and baked it in my home oven at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes and voila!

So there you have it. It’s a little larger than I’d planned, but I feel like it’s closer to scale than what I originally had in mind when compared to the game. It took me about 3 hours to complete and was a blast to make. I’ll upload the next parts of the tutorial as I finish them. Next I’ll be making the negative for the pendant itself, hopefully tomorrow morning. Thanks for taking a look. If you have any questions or would like more pics, feel free to send me a message.