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How to Make a Pendant Necklace

By Kirsten Nunez ; Updated August 23, 2018

A pendant necklace can be worn alone or layered with other necklaces. You can make your own pendant using materials such as oven-bake clay and basic molding techniques. The custom-made pendant can be used in a simple necklace.

Select clay in a variety of colors.

Tip

Before starting this project, knead and roll each ball of clay to soften it. This prevents the clay from crumbling while you work.

Flatten each ball of clay into an oval using the wooden rolling pin. Each oval should be as thick as a quarter.

Flatten each ball of clay one at a time.

Using the craft knife, cut across each oval.

Cut each oval in half.

Stack the half oval shapes on top of each other, making sure the straight edges meet. The order of colors is entirely up to you.

The sequence of colors will determine the final pattern of the pendant.

Flatten the stack of clay pieces with the wooden rolling pin. Apply pressure until the overall thickness is half of the original thickness.

Place the clay in the fridge for 5 minutes.

Chilling the clay makes it less sticky when you cut it.

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Heat your oven according to the directions on the clay's packaging. Temperature and time requirements may differ by brand. Most oven-bake polymer clay must be baked 275 degrees F for 15 minutes for every 1/4 inch.

Using the pencil, draw a rectangle or square in the center of the stacked clay.

The pencil marks serve as a guide for cutting.

Using the craft knife, cut out the shape.

Slowly cut away the clay surrounding the shape.

Warning

Use caution while slicing through clay with a craft knife. The best safety measure is to cut slowly.

Cut lengthwise down the middle of the clay shape.

Cutting down the middle further exposes the colorful layers.

Position each piece sideways, exposing the stacked layers.

Turn each piece of clay on its side.

Push the two pieces together, applying pressure with your fingers.

Join the clay with your fingers.

Using the wooden rolling pin, flatten the clay. Continue flattening until the thickness is 1/4 of the original thickness.

Apply even pressure when using a rolling pin.

Slice the clay into your desired shape. This design features two joined diamond shapes for a Southwestern, earthy vibe.

Be cautious while working with a craft knife.

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Cut small pieces at first, slowly working your way to your final shape.

Using the toothpick, pierce a hole at the top of the clay piece.

Bake the clay in the oven for 15-20 minutes or according to the package's directions.

Toothpicks create clean, small holes in clay.

Warning

Let the clay cool completely before proceeding.

Using the jewelry pliers, open a jump ring.

Open a jump ring by bending the ends away from each other.

Add the jump ring to the pendant. Close the jump ring with the jewelry pliers.

To close a jump ring, bend the ends towards each other.

Using the cutting portion of the jewelry pliers, cut a long strand of chain. The length depends on the desired length of the finished necklace. This design measured 26 inches long.

Use cutting pliers to size a strand of chain.

Add the pendant to the chain.

Your design options are limited only by your imagination.

Finish the necklace by connecting the ends of the chain with the second jump ring.

Attach both ends of the chain to the jump ring.

About the Author

Kirsten Nunez is a lifestyle writer and author focusing on crafts, recipes, and health. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, she published a craft book, "Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion." She lives in New York.