Back to Front in Black With Gold

Back to Front in Black With Gold

This small pendant is made of black polymer clay with a print of my sketch “Back to Front” stamped in gold ink on the clay and finished with a matte varnish. The oval shape is 1″ x 1.5″ and comes with a black flocked cord.

Making the pendants.

Making the pendants.

Each pendant is handmade so some variations in shape, thickness and placement of stamp make each pendant unique.


This pendant is a variation of the original Back to Front pendant I designed in 2016 which was made from air-dry clay. I’d been wanting to try polymer clay in colors rather than always painting the color onto it and had also pictured this pendant in black so this seemed like a natural design for that.

Also, the original pendant had to be somewhat thick to keep its integrity and not crack easily. That was a little thicker than I really liked and made the placement of the hole for the jump ring far from the edge, which necessitated a very large jump ring. Even with the larger jump ring the cord or chain I could use was also limited because the jump ring was nearly filled up with the pendant itself, all of which felt awkward.

The image is my brush pen sketch “Back to Front”and I used the same rubber stamp made of the image. Originally I wanted to be able to ink it up and press it into the wet clay; it worked just as I’d thought and at that time I saw other variations: without ink, different colors of clay, or painted. This time I wanted no embossing or dimension so it was stamped onto the clay after I’d baked it.

The original pendant also had four shapes available and on four different wires/strands/cords available in stores. The oval was the most popular followed closely by the circle, so it’s likely I will make circular pendants very soon.

Most pendants are about 1/8″ thick. They are coated front and back with matte varnish to protect and prevent smearing or removal of the gold ink.


 "Back to Front", ink brush pen, 4" x 6" © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Back to Front”, ink brush pen, 4″ x 6″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

“Back to Front” is just how I visualized this “line drawing”—from the point of Bella’s tail that meets her back, out and back and around and over to her shoulder, then over to her face, from back to front. The little feline, I was so concerned I’d muss it up. You can see more sketches on The Creative Cat.

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