Be the bell of the ball with these cool homemade clay jewelry projects. You will need to set aside a couple of days for this homemade crafts idea as the clay will need to dry out overnight before you can paint it, but you will be thrilled with the results.
What You Will Need
- Recipe for Homemade clay
- Cookie cutter
- Drinking straw
- Paint and paint brushes
How To Make The Beads
- The easiest way to make beads is to roll out a long snake length piece of homemade clay then cut it into equal sized discs.
- Mold the discs into round balls, then insert a toothpick though the centre of them, wiggle the toothpick around a little to make a smooth round hole in the bead. you can also make some square or oblong beads in the same way.
- Place the prepared beads onto piece of baking parchment and leave over night (or longer if necessary) to dry.
- Once the beads have dried, it’s time to paint them. This can be a little tricky; you may find it easier to place the dried beads onto a toothpick that’s been balanced across a glass or pot to paint.
- You don’t need to be a budding artist to paint the beads; I’ve painted some of my beads white with a few red dots and dashes on them and the rest I painted plain blue.
- Once your beads are completely dried you can thread them on to a piece of cotton thong to make a necklace, or onto a piece of elastic for a trendy bracelet.
To Make a Pendant
- Roll the homemade clay out to about a ¼ inch thick and cut out a round disc with a cookie cutter. If you prefer to you can use a fancy shaped cutter instead.
- Use the straw to punch out a hole into the top of the clay disc.
- Place the prepared beads onto piece of baking parchment and leave over night (or longer if necessary) to dry
- Once the pendant is completely dried, give it a coat of white paint and leave it to dry. This will give you a nice white blank canvas for your drawing or pattern.
- Use a pencil to draw your design onto the pendant. Don’t try to make your design to complicated or you may have trouble painting it. You could draw a different design on each side if you wish so you will have reversible necklace.
- Use vibrant colors to paint your pendant, any small mistakes can sometimes be amended with the help of a felt tip pen in a similar colour.
- Thread the finished pendant with some cotton or leather thong and tie with two slip knots so that the pendant can be worn at various lengths. Here’s some info on how to tie slip knots