Beading / Jewelry

Stylish Necklaces & Choker

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 3/4" and 1-1/4"

Materials

  • Sculpey Clay: White (Polyform)
  • Suede Leather Cord Combo Pack (85381) (Toner Plastics), 1/8”: Tan; Brown; Black
  • Silver “S” clasps, one set per necklace
  • Silver jump rings, two per necklace
  • Silver wire, 20-gauge, 1” per necklace

Tools

  • Original Chrome spray paint (Krylon)
  • Gel Stain: Walnut (DecoArt)
  • Rhonna Farrer clear stamps: Heart; Swirl (Autumn Leaves)
  • Classic Alphabet rubber stamps (Plaid)
  • Round Cutter Set (Makin’s Clay): 3/4”; 1-1/4”
  • Clay supplies: Acrylic brayer; wax paper; baking dish
  • Linen fabric (for texture)
  • Hammer and nail
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Paintbrush
  • Note
  • 1. Follow manufacturer's instructions to condition clay.
  • Mom Necklace
  • 1. For charm, roll clay out to 1/4" thickness on waxed paper. Quick Tip: For even thickness, roll clay out between two dowels or two rulers that are the same thickness. Press 1-1/4" circle into clay and remove clay around circle.
  • 2. Place fabric onto clay; roll over fabric. Peel linen to reveal texture. Stamp "MOM" in circle center. Quick Tip: Stamp "O" first in center, then stamp "M's" on both sides for even spacing. Press dowel end into clay circle at center top for hole.
  • 3. Remove clay circle from waxed paper and place in baking dish. Bake at 275° for 13 minutes. Let cool.
  • 4. Spray both sides of circle Original Chrome.
  • 5. Brush stain on clay circle; use damp paper towel to wipe off excess, leaving stain in crevices. Let dry.
  • 6. Cut 16" tan suede cord length. Bend 1" silver wire into circle, leaving end open. Insert wire end through clay circle hole and bend wire ends together to secure.
  • 7. To finish ends, place tip of nail 1/4" from end in center of cord and hammer until mail tip goes through cord (place cord on wood block before hammering nail). Open jump rings, insert through nail holes in cord, and attach to eyelets in "S" clasp. Close jump rings.
  • Heart Necklace
  • 1. For charm, roll clay out to 1/4" thickness on waxed paper. Quick Tip: For even thickness, roll clay out between two dowels or two rulers that are the same thickness. Press 1-1/4" circle into clay and remove clay around circle.
  • 2. Place fabric onto clay; roll over fabric. Peel linen to reveal texture. Stamp "MOM" in circle center. Quick Tip: Stamp "O" first in center, then stamp "M's" on both sides for even spacing. Press dowel end into clay circle at center top for hole.
  • 3. Remove clay circle from waxed paper and place in baking dish. Bake at 275° for 13 minutes. Let cool.
  • 4. Spray both sides of circle Original Chrome.
  • 5. Brush stain on clay circle; use damp paper towel to wipe off excess, leaving stain in crevices. Let dry.
  • 6. Cut 16" tan suede cord length. Bend 1" silver wire into circle, leaving end open. Insert wire end through clay circle hole and bend wire ends together to secure.
  • 7. To finish ends, place tip of nail 1/4" from end in center of cord and hammer until mail tip goes through cord (place cord on wood block before hammering nail). Open jump rings, insert through nail holes in cord, and attach to eyelets in "S" clasp. Close jump rings.