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Clay Necklaces

If Mom's still got your grade-school drawings tucked away somewhere, we know what she wants on her day: something you made with your own two hands. Sculpt bold beads or a posh pendant out of good old oven-hardening molding clay, then add stylish details, and you'll have a grown-up accessory that she'll display with pride.

woman wearing clay pendant necklace

Photography: Chelsea Cavanaugh

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2017

Introduction

Making these crescent-and-tube pendants is even easier than baking cookies. Once you've picked out clay colors, beads, and cording, just gather a craft knife, a glass or two to help you trace the half-moon shape, and a small metal rod to wrap clay around to make tube beads. (Oh, and your oven, to heat them till they're done.)

 

Looking for more DIY ideas? Learn more about making Polymer Clay Jewelry and browse our Best DIY Mother's Day Gifts.

materials

  • Oven-hardening clay (Fimo soft clay, $3 for 2 oz., michaels.com)
  • Craft knife
  • Drinking glass
  • Drinking straw
  • Small metal rod

steps

  1. For the half-moon pendant: Knead two colors of clay together for a marbleized effect, if desired. Roll out clay into a disc about 1/4-inch thick.

  2. Using a craft knife, cut clay into a half-moon shape. An overturned drinking glass or small bowl can help guide the shape of the curves. Add holes at either end with a drinking straw.

  3. Bake clay in oven according to package. Let cool completely.

  4. Thread a leather cord through a brass tube bead, through one hole in the clay, then tuck the tail of the leather cord back through the brass tube bead to secure. Repeat on the other side.

  5. For the tube pendant: Roll out clay into a tube about 1/4-inch thick.

  6. Wrap clay around a small metal rod to shape it, then remove rod. Shape into a slight curve.

  7. Bake clay in oven according to package. Let cool completely.

  8. Thread tube pendant with cord. Finish with brass rods or more beads.

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