I’ve always been interested in supernatural phenomena: ESP, clairvoyance, telekinesis, observations that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding. Today there seems to be an unlimited number of TV shows on everything from Bigfoot to psychic pets. Even The History Channel has gotten into the act with programs on UFOs and psychic phenomena. So when I got the idea to make a pendulum for a necklace, I thought a little investigative research might be in order.
Pendulum divination has been around for hundreds of years. It has been used to find hidden treasure, diagnose illness, locate missing persons, uncover gemstones hidden in the ground, and even find Russian submarines. Many notable people took advantage of the power of the pendulum. Leonardo da Vinci, General Patton, even Albert Einstien was known to use the pendulum with great success. He believed its power lay in electromagnetism and energy that is unseen and not yet fully understood.
Regardless of how or why it works, you don’t need to be psychic to use it, and now you can make one for yourself!
Artist/Author: Patrik Kusek
Photos: Patrik Kusek
Editors: Jeannette Froese LeBlanc, Joy Funnell and Margaret Schindel.
Project Materials and Supplies
18 g fine silver clay
Aura 22™ (https://pmcconnection.com/metal-clay/aura22-liquid-gold.html)
TOOLS, SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT:
MCAM Basic Metal Clay Set-Up (see images)
Milkvine Pod QuikArt™ template from Metal Clay Supply or similar shape template
Sponge sanding pads in various grits
Hand-held butane torch
Make the basic metal clay shapes for the pendulum body. Roll out the clay 4 cards (1 mm) thick. Use a needle tool and the second-largest slim Milkvine Pod template as a guide to cut out two pieces  and leave them to dry.
Make a template for the bail.
Use the small and medium sizes of the wide Milkvine Pod template shape to draw guidelines onto a piece of paper one inside the other. Next, use a ruler to draw a line from the pointed top of the shape to the bottom, dividing the shape in half .
Make the two sides of the bail. Use a snake roller to roll out a snake approximately 1” (25 mm) long and 2–3mm wide. Taper each end, with one of the ends being a little thinner. Tapering the ends will lengthen the snake; the final length should be approximately 1 1/2” (38 mm). Lay the snake on the paper and shape it according to the guides. For the narrower end, create a squiggle design similar to the one in the photo . Repeat the process and roll out another snake to create a mirror image . Set both parts aside to dry.
Refine the pendulum body pieces. Take the two flat pieces and stack them on top of each other. Sand the two pieces at the same time to make them both the same size .
Next, use a sharp craft knife to bevel the edges on both sides of each piece. Use a scraping motion, using the blade as kind of a file . Sand the pieces smooth with a microfine sanding sponge. The beveled edge will give the appearance of a thinner piece without sacrificing strength .
Join the pendulum body sections together. Use a pencil to draw a straight line from the top to the bottom on both sides of both pieces. Then use a craft knife to cut ONE of the pieces in half along the pencil mark . Sand the cut edges flat using an emery board . Use water and slip to join one of the halves to the uncut piece. Use the pencil mark as a guide when attaching the piece . Set aside to dry and repeat the process for the other side.
Carve the snakes for the bail. Use a craft knife to carve a faceted texture on the snakes. Make short, random cuts to shave off a little of the surface on each one . Lightly sand the pieces if needed . The pieces should be similar in shape and size.
Attach the two parts of the bail. Determine the position of the bail. Be sure the points line up on the same axis running through the main body of the pendulum . Make a mark where the pendulum and bail overlap , then where the bail connects to the pendulum, sand the bail flat . Join the bail to the pendulum with water and slip . Set aside to dry completely. To achieve balance for the pendulum the second half of the bail should be attached behind the second flap on the opposite side. Be sure the points of bail are lined up properly .
Create the finial. To create the finial, roll out a ball of clay at least 5mm round. Then taper one end of the ball by rolling it . Attach the finial to the bail points by using water. Gently push the ball onto the points. Set aside to dry completely. Sand the finial and do any clean up necessary with a micro-fine sanding sponge. Turn the finial into the sanding sponge like sharpening a pencil .
Fire the pendulum. Support the piece in vermiculite and fire according to the manufacturer’s instructions or your chosen firing schedule. Do not polish the piece after the firing is complete. Handle the piece without getting oils from your fingers onto the areas where the Aura 22 will be applied.
Add the gold to the pendant. Pre- pare the Aura 22 by adding a drop or two of the media that is included with the package. The consistency of the Aura 22 should be like thick buttermilk. Paint on the flame design using a fine brush. Be sure to paint on two to three coats . Note that different layers of Aura 22 will produce different results, especially when LOS is applied. Dry between each coat. Aura 22 can be fired in the kiln or with a torch. I prefer to torch fire my work. Heat up the pendant using a hand- held butane torch  until the Aura 22 turns a bright orange color. Hold that color for 4 to 5 seconds and remove the heat. Do not quench, let it cool naturally.
Polish the pendulum and add a patina if desired. Place it on a chain.
Note from the author: I am not a practicing dowser. The knowledge that I have learned about using the pendulum for divination is cursory at best and only for entertainment purposes. To find more information on the use of pendulums, I suggest you contact your local dowser or log onto http://www.dowsers.org.
How to use your new pendulum:
Some people think the pendulum works by tapping into your own energy and the unseen en- ergy that flows around us. It’s less important to know exactly how the pendulum works, just that it does work. After all, most of us don’t know exactly how our televisions work, but we can still use them and benefit from them.
First “charge” the pendulum by exposing it to moonlight overnight, or by submersing it in water. Then calibrate it by holding the pendulum by the chain. Ask the pendulum a yes/no question to which you know the answer is “YES”. When the pendulum starts to swing, that is your “YES” direction. Place the chart under the pendulum and align the yes section to the yes
direction. Your pendulum is now calibrated. Do this a few times to get used to your pendulum. Some pendulums swing dramatically, others have only a slight motion to them. Give it a try! Hold the pendulum over the chart and concentrate on the question. Focus your mind on the pendulum itself and the question. It may take time for the pendulum to work so be patient and the answer will appear.