I love polymer clay. It's versatile, fun to work with and comes in a variety of fun colours. Today I'm showing you how to create your own one-of-a-kind necklace with polymer clay. This craft is easy and really fun! Each necklace only cost me about $4.00 each for material. You can customise them to suite your style - plus they make fantastic gifts.
What you'll need:
Polymer clay - I used Du-kit and Premo! sculpey make n' bake in a variety of neutral colours. There are also some options that air dry, but I found these to be extra durable when baked. I purchased all the clay from Warehouse Stationary Pukekohe. I really liked the variety of colours they had available. Black would have also been a good colour to work with but I chose grey, white, tan and dark brown for mine
Butter knife (or exacto knife)
Something to push holes through the clay. I used skewers, but a pen could work
hemp cord (I found these for $3 each from The Warehouse)
Clasps ($2.00 purchased from Bonanza Pukekohe)
Snap a piece off of the block of clay in the colour of your choosing. You can use Pinterest for inspiration or just start creating shapes you like the look of. I found it was easiest to first roll the clay into a ball into my hands - it seemed more malleable when warm.
To create shapes I pressed the clay onto a flat, clean service and flattened it into a ball using a class jar to roll it flat. Then I used the knife to cut the shapes I envisioned. To be more precise with your cutting, you can print shapes off on paper first and trace around them.
Pre-heat your oven to 130 degrees Celsius. Once you have your shapes and holes pressed through, gently place on baking paper and bake for 30 minutes. When finished, let them cool until they are cool to touch before handling.
Once cooled, cute/tie one end of the hemp cord to a clasp and add the pieces you'd like on the necklace. Then, decide on the length of the necklace and cut / attach to the opposite end of the eye clasp. I like to leave a bit of extra cord to tie 10-12 times around the end, to ensure it is secured nicely.
And there you have it! Your own polymer clay necklace. You can also create bracelets, earrings and keychains using this method. I can't wait to see your creations. Please comment below with your final product or tag us so we can see what you made.