DIY Colorblock Necklace

by Alicia on April 21, 2011

The last project I made with polymer clay was the geometric pendant necklace and I was so happy to see how many people enjoyed it and tried to make their own. I don’t find too many DIYs being made with polymer clay – it’s usually crafty-crafts like floral beads and figurines that aren’t my style – so it was extra exciting to see people giving PC a try for the first time. It’s such an inexpensive and versatile craft supply!

Here’s the clay (a color I think of as Seuss blue, a faux stone that looks just like cookies & cream ,and pearl) I used along with my clay knife and $0.20 hardware store tile that I use as a work surface and for baking the clay. Condition the clay and then press it out into a flat, even pancake on the tile. Use your knife (or razor blade) to slice of the edges into the shapes for your pendant. (Chevrons would be awesome, but rectangles are simplest.)

Poke holes in each of the clay pieces. I used an eye pin, but you could also use a wood skewer, bead reamer or any other thin, pointy object. Then bake according to the clay directions – my pieces were about 1/4″ thick so they took 30 minutes at 275F.

To finish, assemble the pieces and attach to the chain. I used 6 eye pins (for the top three pieces) and 2 head pins (for the bottom pieces. I simply inserted them through the holes I’d made and used round nose pliers to make a simple loop to attach them together. If you don’t have any experience with jewelry making but you are interested I would really encourage you to begin by learning basic wire-wrapping. It’s a pretty simple technique that can be used in infinite ways. Check out the link above for some videos, or if you are near Houston check my upcoming class schedule.

And finally, here’s what the necklace looks like when you are wearing it (if you look like my dining room table).

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Snarky Drea April 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

YOU, my friend, are a genius.
Where did you buy your clay? I checked out a few sites, but can’t seem to find ANY as awesome as what you’ve used here.

YOU’RE SO INSPIRING!

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Alicia April 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Thank you! The clay I used was from either Michaels or Hobby Lobby- both have a pretty wide selection. You can also find a wide variety at Create for Less. Here’s Sculpey Premo choices, for example: http://www.createforless.com/search/results.aspx?txtSearch=premo

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Erica April 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

so very clever! love it! ;)

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Alicia April 22, 2011 at 10:58 am

Thanks! High praise coming from you!

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Molly April 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

Very cool. I love the clay. I’m surprised you can buy it in the marble and the “cookies and cream.” (I agree with you on that characterization!) Love this!!

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Janel July 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm

This is cool, Alicia! Sort of looks like an abstract interpretation of my company’s logo. :)

http://www.mcgladrey.com

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Alicia July 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Oh yeah, crazy!

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juan r January 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

awesome diy ! where did you get that t-shirt on the first photo? matches the necklace perfectly!

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Alicia January 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Hi Juan!

The shirt is from Zara a few months back. -A

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ruthie February 8, 2012 at 6:46 am

This is gorgeous! What premo colour exactly is the blue, it’s a lovely shade!

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Alicia February 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I’m 99% sure that it’s Turquiose. I still have some of the clay but not the wrapper but copared it to the Polyform catalog I have. It really is a beautiful color.

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ruthie February 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm

thanks a mil, and thank you for sharing your tutorials, they are gorgeous & i love that they are a bit more contemporary looking than a lot of polymer clay jewellery.

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Alicia February 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

thanks and you’re welcome!!

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REHAB May 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

THAT’S BEAUTIFUL THING
I LOVE IT
THANK YOU

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Kate May 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Such a great idea, looks so cute!!! Thanks for sharing!

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alicia May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Thanks Kate :)

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Debby Roberts August 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

Alicia, you would be so thrilled to check out some books by polymer artists. I have taken many classes from fantastic artists and have many books. I believe you would become instantly addicted if you see that crafty crafts are not often done in the polymer world. Lindley Haunani does fabulous work with color blending. I have taken three classes from her. Patricia Kimley does wonderful overlay work. I have not done polymer in a few years due to an injury so I can’t remember some of the others I have taken classes from. They are all internationally acclaimed artists.

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Alex Cardo @ Birthstones Online January 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm

It is a perfect DIY idea for a gift.

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zen July 6, 2014 at 12:01 pm

This is the most stylish polymer clay idea i have seen! :) def inspired me!

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