Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Another Necklace~!

This one is inspired by Shana Logic. I love their hand-crafted jewelry, but unfortunately can't afford it...so I made an attempt at making my own. This turned out super cute, and I ended up making another for my sister's birthday present. The only problem is that I have a hard time finding things to wear with it...


Clay in Your Hands Necklace




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You Will Need:

Ball Chain (silver or gold)

Two Packages of Sculpey Clay - Different colors (I used green and blue, but you can choose your own colors)

Small Crystal (I used plastic, although it doesn't really matter...real crystals are prettier but more expensive)

Large Jump Ring

Needle-Nose Pliers



Step 1 - Take a small amount of each color of clay, and begin kneading them until they are soft and pliable. This shouldn't take long, especially if you're using Sculpey.


Step 2 - Take your blue clay and slowly begin working in the green, simply kneading it, moving it around in your hands. This should give you a marbled look. Continue working the clays until you've achieved the desired look. (I liked mine kind of muted, so that you have teal strands running through it, but so that neither color is really distinct or separate. Just an example.)


Step 3 - Now, begin working it into a heart shape like the one in the picture. This was really hard for me, personally, to do, so I suggest using a cookie cutter to get the best results. Then, tweak the point, making it curve to the side. (see picture for reference)


Step 4- On the side that the point is, well, pointing to, right in the curve, place your crystal. Push it in, but be careful not to put it in too hard, or else it'll go in too deep, and you'll have to start again.


Step 5- Using something sharp and pointy (a pencil or toothpick, depending on how large you want the hole) poke a little hole in the side of the heart adjacent to the crystal. Again, reference the picture, if the instructions confuse you.


Step 6- Bake the heart at the temperature and for the time specified on the clay package.


Step 7 - Once the heart has baked and cooled, use your pliers to open the jump ring, and insert it into the hole in the heart. Close it.


Step 8 - String the finished product on the chain, and you are left with a beautiful and unique work of art.



And the cool thing with this one is that every piece turns out different. =)

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