DIY Polymer Clay Necklace

DIY Polymer Clay Necklace

posted on: 8.21.2013


DIY fever has hit me... hard. After months and months of scouring through Pinterest and consulting with my DIY partner-in-crime Lauren, we present to you Brikasia's very first DIY tutorial. I could not have done this without Lauren, who will be a staple here at Brikasia in the months to come. 

Now before I start rambling, let's get started on this tutorial. Read on for the full tutorial! Warning: it's fairly picture-heavy, but it gets the point across!

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Materials Needed:
  • White polymer clay
  • X-Acto Knife (or other sharp knife)
  • Paint (we used metallic paints)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Jump rings
  • Pliers
  • Leather cording
  • Aluminum foil (or parchment paper)
  • Optional: High gloss finishing spray
  • Optional: Gold chain
STEP ONE:  Break off a piece of polymer clay and begin kneading it with your fingers. It's important to make the clay softer and more pliable.



STEP TWO: Begin rolling out the clay using a small rolling pin. Make the clay as flat as you want your pendant to be. Pro tip: It is a good idea to roll out the clay on aluminum foil or parchment paper, so when it is time to start cutting shapes, the shapes don't need to be transferred to a baking sheet. 

 Also, if you choose to mold your pendant instead of cutting out your pendant, this step and the next step may be skipped.

STEP THREE: Cut out your desired shape. This is where you can let your creativity run rampant. We created so many different shapes and played around with different ideas during this stage.

STEP FOUR: Once the pendants are cut and/or molded, leave them on the aluminum foil (or parchment paper) for easy transfer into the oven. Make sure to pierce holes large enough in the pendants for jump rings or cording.

STEP FIVE: Once the holes are pierced, bake your pendants according to your clay's baking instructions. For our clay, we preheated the oven to 275 degrees (Fahrenheit), and baked for about 20 minutes. Some pieces may take longer to bake. The pieces that I molded (the nautical knots) took about 45 minutes to bake. Once they're finished baking, let cool.

STEP SIX: Once your pieces have cooled completely, it's time to start painting. For our necklaces, we chose to use three different metallic paints: a gold, a champagne silver, and a rose gold.

STEP SEVEN: Add jump rings to the holes pierced in the pendants. Use pliers to open and close the jump rings.

STEP EIGHT: Loop your cording (or chain, depending on what route you want to go) through the jump rings.

And that's it! We created so many different kinds of pendants, and they were so much fun to create (and pretty easy, too!). Have any of you created anything with polymer clay? I'd love to hear!




2 comments:

  1. This is so neat! I would love to attempt to make my own jewelry someday :)

    Jordan | Boho Vanity

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    1. You should give this a try! It's pretty easy! :)

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