Cameo pieces have been popping up everywhere lately! (source)
These Tom Binn’s pieces were my inspiration. Check out the full project on Whimseybox!
Condition your clay and then roll it into a simple snake shape. Insert your skewer to make the center hole and roll the snake bit more to keep an even shape. As long as your clay isn’t super soft you should be able to easily pull the skewer out and then slice into beads with you clay knife.
I wanted the beads to be somewhat organic so I didn’t worry about making each one identical. After I finished the pink beads I repeated the process with the beige color and then laid each bead flat on the tile and baked according to the package directions.
Fifteen minutes later they were finished. Thread the beads on your chain randomly. I used more pink than beige.
Wear and enjoy
My reign of terror with polymer clay continues! I’ve been wanting to make earrings this shape for a while and the necklace was an last minute addition. I like that’s it’s a little fringey but still modern. Have you been making any of the other polymer clay pieces? The supplies are the same: polymer clay (I used Pearl), craft paint (the same gold paint was used on these earrings) and a few jewelry findings including chain, earring wires, wire or eye pins.
Here’s a rundown of the process:
To finish the earrings I put an eye pin through the hole, finished it with a simple loop and cut off the extra. Open the loops and attach each end of the chain. (My piece was about 2″ long.) Add the earring wire directly or by using a jump ring.
To finish the necklace you’ll need to thread all the pieces (in the same order that you cut them!) onto the eyepin or wire and finish each end with simple loops. Attach the chain in the same way as above. I left a little extra room on the wire so I could gently bend it into an arc to allow the clay to fan out a bit. If your chain is long you won’t need a closure (just put it over your head) but I made mine shorter so I added a clasp in the back using a couple jump rings.
Do these steps make sense? I think it took longer to type them than it did to make the pieces- it’s simpler than it sounds. Are you comfortable making simple loops or are jewelry terms like eye pin total jibberish to you? I’m happy to explain more but sometimes I feel redundant. Let me know where you’re at!
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).
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.
- 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
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!