Monday was my mom’s birthday. Happy birthday again, Mama! Since she was coming into town to visit us, I wanted to give her something extra special. My mom loves jewelry, so I decided to make a necklace for her birthday gift.
This was by far the most intense and time-consuming craft I’ve done so far. I usually stick with projects that take 5 minutes so I don’t get frustrated and give up. But since this was for my mom, I wanted to try something a little more difficult.
- Rolling Pin
- Polymer clay
- Parchment paper
- Paintbrush or a tool to make a small hole in the clay. (I thought the small screwdriver (pictured) would work. It did not.)
- Small cookie cutters or a tool to make a shape. (I used an empty beer bottle.)
- Exacto knife
- Optional: clear spray paint
Step 1: Roll out your clay. Try to make it approximately 1/8 of an inch thick.
Step 2: Punch out the shape of your beads. This is easiest to achieve with small cookie cutters or a tool, like the top of a beer bottle, but you could cut your shape out with an Exacto knife if you are good at free-handing shapes.
Step 3: Touch up the edges of your newly-made beads by cutting away stray bits of clay with an Exacto knife.
Step 4: Carefully punch out small holes in your beads using a tool, such as a thin paintbrush end. I cracked several of my beads during this process. Be patient and make more beads than you think you will need for a necklace.
Step 5: Bake your beads on a piece of parchment paper according to the clay manufacturer’s directions.
Step 6: (Optional) After beads are done baking and cool, spray with clear spray paint. This will give your beads a glossy look.
Step 7: Pry open the split-rings and slip through the holes in the beads.
Step 8: Determine where on the chain you want the beads to be placed. I skipped this step at first and started placing the beads on randomly. The necklace didn’t look very pretty with random beads everywhere. I would have saved myself a lot of time if I had put the chain on and determined exactly where on the chain I wanted the beads to be placed. I would have also saved more time if I had made sure I was placing each bead on face-down, so when the necklace was worn, the beads would lay flat and face-up.
Step 9: Slip the split-ring through the links in the chain and using the pliers, carefully close the split-rings.
Step 10: Using the pliers, attach the clasp onto the end of the necklace.
And voila! You have a beautiful, stylish, one-of-a-kind necklace to keep or give as a gift!