If you don't want to spend $1,000 on the real necklace, a reasonable
replica can be constructed for costume purposes out of Sculpey clay.
The clay pieces can be sculpted using standard clay tools available
at most hobby stores.
is made of 14 sculpted square pieces with a valley in the middle
(hence the name Planetary Valleys!). The pieces are very close to
1" in size, and held together with oval shaped jump rings at
Jedi academy suggests this technique for shaping
the clay pieces. Using a 1"x1" acrylic container works
well for cutting out a consistent square shape. However, upon close
inspection of the real necklace in person I learned that the 1"
squares are not a thick piece with a hole going across the top from
one end to the other like a bead. Instead, the metal (or clay in
this case) wraps under the square shape at the upper edge. There
are 2 tabs at either end in the back with small holes which an oval
shaped jump ring connects to. Here are my diagrams:
VIEW OF METAL NECKLACE PIECE
VIEW OF METAL NECKLACE PIECES - JUMP RING CONNECTS THROUGH
a rectangular shape can be cut after sculpting the clay, then wrapped
around a brass or aluminum metal rod on the top edge before baking
in the oven. After the clay is baked a small hand drill (like those
used for jewelry making or model making) can be used to make a small
hole in either tab in the back.
my pieces a silver finish by covering them with silver leafing foil.
Unfortunately, the silver leafing is fragile and after wearing it
and transporting it to several conventions it has started to flake
away even though I sealed it with clear sculpey glaze.
obtained a silver finish on her sculpey pieces by using a silver
leafing pen. After one coating with the pen she sealed the clay
piece with acrylic sealer. She then applied a second coat with the
silver leafing pen. This is probably a better technique that will
stand up to multiple wearings while giving a reasonably realistic
metallic looking finish.
not suggest using silver spray paint on sculpey. This clay has
a bad reaction with spray paints, and even though it might seem
fine for a week, after a 1-3 weeks it will start to react with the
clay and get sticky and dull looking. Sealing the clay with sculpey
glaze before hand did not help. Sculpey will do OK with brush on
acrylic paints, but you will usually see brush marks. I've heard
that super sculpey reacts OK with metallic spray paint, but have
not tested it myself to be sure of this information.
to explore for making the necklace:
one clay piece, then create a cast for resin molds in order to make
identical pieces. Resin reacts better with spray paint.
2 - Use
Metal Clay in sliver. Perhaps make a piece out of sculpey first,
then make a mold of it so you can have an identical stamp to use
on each PMC piece. A kiln
is usually needed to fire the clay, but some beading stores have
kilns that students can use if you sign up for a class. There are
also firing torches available, but I am not clear what the maximum
size is a piece can be when fired this way. I've also read of a
method of firing that uses a gas stove top.
3 - Make
1 clay shape, and find a jeweler who does custom work. They may
be able to make a mold in order to cast real silver jewelry pieces
4- Dave has put together a Leia ceremonial necklace tutorial making the necklace from aluminum metal sheets.
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