When you are planning to go out somewhere nice, but don’t want to spend too much money on a single necklace, there is a solution for you. Try making your own polymer clay necklace that you can wear on various occasions. It is easy to make, inexpensive, and you get to proudly wear your own creation, which is sure to be one of a kind. Here are just a few steps on how you can make a beautiful handmade polymer clay necklace.
Materials and tools needed:
- Polymer clay
- Acrylic paint
- X-ACTO knife
- Small paintbrushes
- 2 mm thick chain
- A jar or a rolling pin
Prepare the surface first and make sure it is all clean and perfectly flat. For this, you can use regular baking paper, or you can buy a small cutting board, as long as it is a comfortable workspace. Once you have prepared your working space and turned on the oven to start heating up, you can get ready for the next steps of making your necklace. Remember to follow your imagination and create anything you want. After you achieved the desired shape of the necklace whether it is a small pendant or a string of beads.
Use slightly wet paintbrushes to smooth the edges of your necklace. When you are just rolling out the clay, you can roll it out with a small rolling pin or a glass jar. Don’t be afraid to use your fingertips in the process as well, depending on the type of necklace you are using. Before you put the polymer clay necklace into the oven, make sure you are satisfied with the result, because it can’t be undone once baked.
Bake the necklace according to the guidelines on the polymer packaging. Also, this might come as a surprise that this is necessary to mention but remember that you cannot use the microwave to bake your necklace faster. Have some patience and trust the process. After the necklace is ready, set it aside to cool down. In the meantime, if you are using acrylic paint or liquid gold, you can start preparing the paint and paintbrushes.
Once the necklace is fully dry, go ahead and color it the way you like it. You can also play around with patterns for your necklace. For example, if you are making zebra-striped beads necklace, here’s a tip that will help you achieve it. Starе by painting the letter “Y” directly on the beads with some distance between the letters. Once you have covered the beads in the letters, you can add extra lines to them in chaotic order. This way you will achieve a classical zebra stripped beads necklace. After the paint has dried out you can wear your necklace. Make sure you don’t get the necklace too wet, as the paint might come off with time, and be careful not to drop it.