DIY Geometric Necklace

by Alicia on March 11, 2011

Happy Friday! Here’s a fun and quick necklace project I made this week you might want to try over the weekend. Every since I made the DIY faceted earrings I’ve been considering how to make a necklace in a similar way with a slightly different look.

Supplies

- Polymer clay- I used white, but use whatever color you like
- Glitter – I recommend the fine Martha Stewart branded glitter, it really is superior
- Blade – Polymer clay blade or razor blade (be careful!)
- Chain- Any kind
- Bamboo skewer

Steps:

1. Condition your clay. I used a pasta machine (specific for clay, not my kitchen one!), but you can just use your hands. Work the clay and until it’s warm and isn’t crumbling.
2. Add some glitter and continue working the clay until it’s blended through.
3. Press the clay into a rough cube shape.
4. Use your blade to begin slicing off sections and continue until you like how it looks. If you make a mistake, start over!
5. Decide how you want your pendant to hang by choosing a top and bottom/front and back. Use the bamboo skewer to create a hole through the clay about 1/4 of the way from the top.
6. Bake according to clay directions. Mine took about an hour at 275F.
7. Thread the pendant onto the chain. Experiment with different chains and cords!

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

grace - stripes and sequins March 12, 2011 at 11:03 pm

love love love this – amazing work as always!

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Alicia March 13, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Thanks Grace!

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Tricia @ {every}nothing wonderful March 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Love it! So cute!

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Alicia March 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Thank you so much!

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fine little home March 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

how simple a lovely, i’ll be putting a link to this project on my blog.

thanks!

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Lisa March 26, 2011 at 6:04 am

Love this. The addition of glitter is definitely a good idea

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alicia March 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Thanks! I think you can also buy polymer clay that’s already glittered, but it’s so easy to add it too. Isn’t everything better with glitter? :)

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Martini April 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm

This is one diy project that I will definitely try! Thanks.

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Alicia April 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm

That’s my favorite thing to hear!

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Evelin April 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Hey!

I absolutely loved this tutorial:) It put an idea I’d had myself into a new perspective – I love when that happens! – and I created a necklace inspired by yours.

You can see it here: http://hurmur.blogspot.com/2011/04/one-two-three-how-cute-can-you-be.html

Thanks for writing the lovely blog!

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Alicia May 2, 2011 at 10:59 am

Thanks for sharing and for your kind words! Your necklace came out AMAZING!

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Aiden May 12, 2011 at 1:55 am

I was actually just about to put my sculpey away, but I think I’ll make one or two of these before I nod off for the night. Very cool idea, thanks for sharing!

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Alicia May 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

My pleasure!

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Ella May 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

I’m having trouble getting clean sharp edges when I slice of the clay. I always ending up smushing it some and by the end it looks more like an oddly shaped lump than a faceted piece of jewelry. Any tips?

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alicia May 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

What are you using to slice the clay? If you have trouble with a razor blade I recommend buying a clay knife from the craft store for a few dollars. It’s thin and sharp and perfect for making clean cuts. When I use mine I slowly slide it along the clay while pressing to keep the blade moving without squishing. You might also try letting the clay sit for an hour before cutting it if it is still warm from shaping when you usually try and slice it. I hope these help a bit! Besides that it’s just a bit of practice.

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karolina June 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

This one is sooooo nice! I ♥ it :)

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Alicia June 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Thanks Karolina!

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Tad L June 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Nice and easy design. Polymer clay is great to work with, even if you don’t have too much experience.

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Lindsay @ Delighted Momma July 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Hi Alicia!

WOW you the the Polymer clay queen! This looks amazing. Way better than my version for sure! Love all the beautiful things you have created..cant wait to browse around some more

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Alicia July 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Thanks Lindsay, you are so sweet. I think your version was awesome though!

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shalini January 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

Looks beautiful. I’ve been planning to make some simple jewelry to give as gifts, but I have air dry clay and was wondering if this would work with that too.

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alicia January 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I don’t have any experience with air dry clay, but I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

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Charmie Stryker January 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Simple and chic.. love it! thanks for sharing =)

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Taylor May 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I’m going to try this out!!! It looks really nice (:

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alicia May 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Yay, give it a shot. You’ll be addicted in no time :)

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Beth August 19, 2012 at 11:39 pm

This is awesome! I’ve never worked in clay before. It looks like it could be a lot of fun.

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alicia August 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

It is! Thanks Beth!

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Donatella December 12, 2012 at 8:56 am

Finally, I started to use polymer clay! I made some faceted gems pins, and linked to your site!
thanks for the help!! :)
http://www.inspirationrealisation.com/2012/12/diy-gems-on-sweatshirt.html

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Alicia December 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

Yay, awesome! I bet you’ll be addicted now like I am :) Love your shirt – sorry I can’t comment on your post because I don’t have a blogger or openid!

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