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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.  

DIY clay gemstone accessories

Photography: Ilyssa Minkus

Source: Ilyssa Minkus

Introduction

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.

 

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

materials

  • Oven-bake clay by Sculpey, $3 for 2 oz., michaels.com (colors pictured: "Ballerina," "Sky Blue," and "Beige")

  • E600 glue
  • Craft knife
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Pearl Acrylic Craft Paint in "Gold Mother of Pearl," $3 for 2 oz., michaels.com

  • Chain
  • Jump rings
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Pins

steps

  1. In your hands, roll a quarter-sized ball of clay until smooth.
    DIY gemstones ball of clay
  2. 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.
    DIY gemstones pushing clay into mold
  3. Gently peel back the mold, loosening the clay gemstone.
  4. With a craft knife, cut off the excess clay around the gem; smooth out the edges.
    DIY gemstones cutting clay
  5. 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.)
  6. Once cooled, adhere the gemstones using E6000 glue to the desired surface.
  7. To give gems an iridescent shine, lightly paint one coat of craft paint.  
  8. Let glue dry for 24 hours.

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