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Good Impressions: Creating Two-Tone Charms

Follow these steps to create pendants and charms with real depth. 

Photography: Ditte Isager

Source: Martha Stewart



Italian Brass Design wax seal,

X-Acto Light-Duty knife, $4,


  • Flexible clay mold or wax seal

  • Polymer clay

  • Craft knife

  • Rubber gloves

  • Cookie cutters

  • Fine-point tool


  1. If using a mold, fill with clay then shave away excess clay with craft knife until it's flush with mold. If using a wax seal, like the tree, press clay into the seal, then use craft knife to shave away excess clay until flush with metal. 

  2. Refrigerate for 20 minutes; invert and wiggle mold to free silhouette, or use the tip of knife to pry it out. 

  3. Center silhouette on 1/16-inch-thick base, and press lightly into place (wear rubber gloves to prevent fingerprints). 

  4. Cut out border shape with a cutter, create a hole with pointed tool, and bake. 

  5. Refrigerate for 20 minutes, pry tree from seal with knife and proceed with steps 1 to 4. 

  6. Add a jump ring to make a pendant. 

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