Thank you ! I'm interested that you see slavonic symbols in it. Could you tell me which bits you mean as I'd be interested in looking some of that up? It fascinates me the way that sometimes these symbols unconsciously come out of us when we make pieces of art.
hey! here am i, sorry for the lkate reply... well, i see slavonic symbols in sunwheels (at the top of the hammer and in the low part) and in the oak leaves. i know they are symbols from almost all ancinet religions, but the way you used i saw in many pagan stuff from ancient slavs anyway it's a great work!!!
Thanks very much . It's actually not a pendant but made to hang on the wall (sorry, the picture probably doesn't really give you an idea of the size!!) but yes, it's terracotta clay so is fired in a pottery kiln.
Polymer clay sounds like a great material to use to make a pendant . I haven't really used it much myself but know several people who have and they don't seem to have any problems with it. I think the issue with the fumes only really happens if you overcook it, so you do have to be careful to follow the instructions on the packet (as I think the firing temperature can vary depending upon the manufacturer and the shade of the clay)and to keep a close eye on it, especially if you're not sure how well your oven reads temperature. Apparently making a little foil tent for it when it's in the oven also helps . So don't be deterred! If you're just making a few small pieces then you shouldn't have any problems. Just make sure the room's well ventilated when you bake it . xx
There are some self-hardening clays and modelling materials that you can get. The self-hardening clays that are like pottery clay (not sure which country you are in but in the UK the main brand is called New Clay) don't tend to be very tough, although you can get things to mix in or paint on which will help with that. Otherwise, if you go to an art or craft shop you can often find other modelling materials that will self harden. Das modelling clay is one you could look for. It won't reconstitute once it hardens so you have to make sure to keep it wrapped in plastic in an airtight container once the pack is open or you end up with a rock (I speak from experience )!! You can often get them in natural clay colours, including terracotta if you want something that looks clay-like. If you want something really tough then try Milliput - it sets like concrete and has a myriad of uses, not just crafts ! Most of them you can paint with acrylic paints if you want to add colour which you can then seal with a light varnish. Hope that helps!