Clay Gemstone Accessories
Treat Mom to a matching set that's so stunning, she won't believe you made them. All you need is a few items and she will be dripping in jewels that make the perfect addition to her wardrobe.
Photography: Ilyssa Minkus
Source: Ilyssa Minkus
This idea comes from our friend Ilyssa Minkus. She used these easy-to-make clay gemstones to embellish a bangle, necklace, and clutch. Mix and match gemstones using different colors and finishes, and apply them to matching set of accessories or a single statement item.
Oven-bake clay by Sculpey, $3 for 2 oz., michaels.com (colors pictured: "Ballerina," "Sky Blue," and "Beige")
Gemstone mold by Mod Podge, $8, michaels.com
- E600 glue
- Craft knife
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Pearl Acrylic Craft Paint in "Gold Mother of Pearl," $3 for 2 oz., michaels.com
- Jump rings
- Jewelry pliers
- Zip-top clutch, $15, oldnavy.com
- Bangle bracelet, $6, hm.com
In your hands, roll a quarter-sized ball of clay until smooth.
Press firmly into the gem mold until the clay is flat on top and flush with the mold; there will be some excess clay around the edges.
Gently peel back the mold, loosening the clay gemstone.
With a craft knife, cut off the excess clay around the gem; smooth out the edges.
Follow the baking instructions on the clay package. (Tip: Sculpey recommends baking at 275 °F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per 1/4 in (6 mm) thickness.)
Once cooled, adhere the gemstones using E6000 glue to the desired surface.
To give gems an iridescent shine, lightly paint one coat of craft paint.
Let glue dry for 24 hours.