Arte Es Vida

Cartouche Poly Pendent by arteesvida
November 26, 2006, 2:22 am
Filed under: Clay Jewelry, Kid Friendly Projects

I have been wanting to experiment with making cartouche for months, but every time I tried they turned out painfully awful…then I bought this great book and stamp set (linked below) and have been having such a blast with it I refuse to share it with my kids! If you have a steadier and more artistic hand than I do, you can carve your own hieroglyphs directly into the clay, or carve your own hieroglyph stamps using rubber erasers and an x-acto knife!


Fun With Hieroglyphs by Catherine Roehrig Book and Stamp Set

Polymer clay (any base color or scrap clay)

Liquid polymer clay

Paint (I used silver and gold)


Polymer clay dedicated tools for rolling, cutting, and smoothing

Skewer, toothpick, or large needle for hole-making

Non-yellowing acrylic sealer

To make the piece wearable, you will need to limit the number of letters to 3. This makes it a great project for doing initials and small words, but any larger than that will be too heavy and unwieldy to wear.

I created a more simple version of a historical cartouche, by rolling out a square of clay about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick. You can use the stamps to impress in the clay, or you can use them to make a mold so you can create a 3-D cartouche such as the one pictured. To do this, simply stamp some small clay blocks and bake them. After they are cooled, you have molds you can use to impress more clay into to get 3-D images.

Stamp or mold your hieroglyphs in order starting at the top and working your way down. Roll two snakes of clay, and cut them in two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Skewer the top one to allow a cord or chain to snake through your final pendent.

Attach the shorter snake of clay to the top, and the longer one to the bottom of your hieroglyph impressed square of clay using a small line of liquid polymer clay as a glue. Smooth out any rough edges or fingerprints on the piece.

Bake according to clay manufactuerer’s directions.

After the clay is cured and dried, paint it. I used silver and gold but you could create completely different looks with other colors.

After the paint is dry, seal the whole piece with a non-yellowing acrylic sealer (I used Future Floor Finish on this piece.)

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