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.
Things You'll Need
- Metal cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- Wooden rolling pin
- Oven-bake polymer clay (3-5 colors, 1/2 inch wide balls)
- Craft knife
- Jewelry pliers
- 10-12mm jump rings (2)
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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.
Using the craft knife, cut across each oval.
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.
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.
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.
Using the craft knife, cut out the shape.
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.
Position each piece sideways, exposing the stacked layers.
Push the two pieces together, applying pressure with your fingers.
Using the wooden rolling pin, flatten the clay. Continue flattening until the thickness is 1/4 of the original thickness.
Slice the clay into your desired shape. This design features two joined diamond shapes for a Southwestern, earthy vibe.
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.
Let the clay cool completely before proceeding.
Using the jewelry pliers, open a jump ring.
Add the jump ring to the pendant. Close the jump ring with the jewelry pliers.
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.
Add the pendant to the chain.
Finish the necklace by connecting the ends of the chain with the second jump ring.
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.