Asymmetrical Plum Clay Necklace
This polymer clay jewelry project is a little like puzzle making and a little like paint by numbers. I've made it easy to create with my free template. It numbers all the beads and shows you the arrangement for each one including where to place the holes. Since some small, medium, and large pieces are solid and some have cut outs in them, the template helps you to clearly see which go where. Round silver beads and jump rings are used to connect the clay pieces. Baking them on a metal mold, gives them their shape. Mix translucent clay with alcohol ink and silver glitter to create the sparkle in this unique and fun to make necklace.
This project can be cut with the Silhouette Curio machine, the Cameo 3, and other machines. Download the cut file above that's right for you or the pdf file which includes instructions and the bead templates.
Directions for Silhouette users (SC) and craft knife users (CK) are included in this tutorial. Directions without initials apply to all crafters.
Before you begin, condition all clay.
IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines. On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1 and the thinnest is 9.
step 9 - CK - With your knife, cut beads from slices using the stencils as our guide. Cut as many slices as needed for all beads. Referring to the template, follow the numbers in sequence to keep organized and know which sizes you need. Refer to the template for hole placement and use a small hole cutter.
step 13 - Add two 8mm jump rings to bead #1 and #18. Attach two equal chain lengths ( 5.25" or more depending on your neck size) to the 8mm rings on each side of the necklace. Adjust the fit if needed by removing or adding links to the chain pieces ending with the same number on each side. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the chain and a 7mm ring on the other.
- Clay conditioning machine
- SC - Silhouette Curio Machine with Deep-Cut Blade
- Premo Translucent Clay - 2 oz.
- Ranger Alcohol Ink - Wild Plum, Black, Silver
- Silhouette Silver glitter
- Acrylic roller
- Tissue Blade (for slicing clay block)
- Clay sculpting tools
- Sculpey Mold
- Fine sanding paper
- Buffing cloth or Dremmel
- 7mm and 8mm jump rings
- 12" silver chain
- Lobster clasp
- CK - craft knife & card stock
- SC - freezer paper & deli film
- Small brush
- 3mm hole cutter