Arte Es Vida

Winter Solstice Poly Pendent by arteesvida
November 26, 2006, 12:39 am
Filed under: Clay Jewelry, Holiday Projects

Literally translated solstice means “standing still sun”. Many ancient (as well as modern!) religions and cultures celebrated the shortest day of the calendar year because it marks the turning point of the season and the forthcoming return of the sun. Many scientists recognize Newgrange, the megalithic site in Ireland as the first man-made clock. Older than Stonehenge, or even the pyramids in Egypt, it was built to receive a shaft of sunlight deep into its central chamber at dawn on winter solstice.

Although certainly no megalith, this pin can mark your own celebration of the standing still sun!


Black polymer clayYellow polymer clay (I used translucent yellow but plain yellow will work fine)Orange polymer clay (I used translucent orange but plain orange will work fine)

Translucent liquid polymer clay

Non-yellowing acrylic sealer (I used Future)

Clay working tools (roller, cutting and smoothing tools)


Oven for baking clay (preferably clay dedicated)

Pin back

Jewelry adhesive (such as E6000 or Jewel Glue)

Decide what size you want your pendent to be and create a circle template for the base (you can also use a cookie cutter, biscuit cutter, or round lid as a template). Condition and roll out your black clay clay, use your template to cut out a circle of clay. Smooth out any fingerprints or rough spots.

Use your paintbrush to paint on a very thin coat of the translucent liquid poly clay.

Condition your orange and yellow poly clays. Roll a thin rope of the orange clay and shape it into a spiral and place it in the middle of the black clay circle. Roll two more thin ropes of clay, one orange and one yellow. Pinch off small bits of each rope and lay them on the black clay circle in an alternating pattern as rays coming out from the spiral sun in the middle.

Bake the piece according to clay manufacturer’s directions.

Once piece is baked and cooled, paint on another layer of liquid polyer clay over the the spiral sun center and rays. Bake piece again according to clay manufacturer’s directions.

After second baking and cooling, you can seal the whole piece with a non-yellowing acrylic sealer, although it isn’t necessary since the whole piece has been “sealed” with a coat of liquid clay.

Add pin backing with jewelry adhesive and let dry.

Happy Winter Solstice!

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i love your armoire!

Comment by rachael

totally agree

Comment by paul_k

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