Falling Leaf Necklace

Leaf pendant measures 1.75”

Leaf pendant measures 1.75”

 

A pretty leaf framed in copper wire dangles from copper colored leather cord to create this unique necklace.  No need to buy a clasp because you create this simple one yourself. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - Setting numbers vary on clay conditioning machines.  On my Sculpey machine the thickest setting is 1, the thinnest is 9.

Directions

Before you begin, condition each clay color.  All cutting should be done on wax paper which will allow you to easily lift off the work when necessary.

step 1 - With your hands, make a roll each (about 2” long) of Ecru, Purple, and Olive Green clay.

step 1 - With your hands, make a roll each (about 2” long) of Ecru, Purple, and Olive Green clay.

step 2 - Twist the rolls together.

step 2 - Twist the rolls together.

step 3 - Put the clay though the conditioning machine on the thickest setting.  Fold and put it through again until you are pleased with the color blending.  Fold it once more and set aside.

step 3 - Put the clay though the conditioning machine on the thickest setting.  Fold and put it through again until you are pleased with the color blending.  Fold it once more and set aside.

step 4 - Shape the copper wire into a leaf shape using the thin, sharp edge of a ruler.  Start with a 7” long wire.  Find the center and fold it over the ruler to create the top center of the leaf.  One inch from the top center, make another bend.  One half inch from that bend make another bend. Repeat two more times then shape the other side of the leaf.

step 4 - Shape the copper wire into a leaf shape using the thin, sharp edge of a ruler.  Start with a 7” long wire.  Find the center and fold it over the ruler to create the top center of the leaf.  One inch from the top center, make another bend.  One half inch from that bend make another bend. Repeat two more times then shape the other side of the leaf.

step 5 - Make a loop with the left end of the wire.  Wrap the right side wire around the base of the loop two or three time and cut off excess wire.  Cut a small piece of wire to serve as the center stem of the leaf.

step 5 - Make a loop with the left end of the wire.  Wrap the right side wire around the base of the loop two or three time and cut off excess wire.  Cut a small piece of wire to serve as the center stem of the leaf.

step 6 - Press the clay onto the wire shape.  Flip it over.

step 6 - Press the clay onto the wire shape.  Flip it over.

step 7 - With a craft knife, lean the blade against the wire and cut away excess clay.  Turn the leaf over and trim the back edges of the clay with the knife leaning against the wire to eliminate the square cut edge.

step 7 - With a craft knife, lean the blade against the wire and cut away excess clay.  Turn the leaf over and trim the back edges of the clay with the knife leaning against the wire to eliminate the square cut edge.

step 8 - Bake the clay on a parchment lined cookie sheet in the oven at 275 degrees for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool completely.

step 9 - Using a brush, apply a coat of Diamond Glaze.  Allow to dry before handling.

step 9 - Using a brush, apply a coat of Diamond Glaze.  Allow to dry before handling.

step 10 - Make a loop in the center of a 7” piece of wire and move the leaf into it’s center before twisting the loop.  

step 10 -

Make a loop in the center of a 7” piece of wire and move the leaf into it’s center before twisting the loop.

 

step 11 - Wrap the left and right wire around a knitting needle about seven times.  The needle should be large enough to accommodate the leather cord.  Cut off the excess wire.

step 11 - Wrap the left and right wire around a knitting needle about seven times.  The needle should be large enough to accommodate the leather cord.  Cut off the excess wire.

step 12 - Cut the cord ends to the desired length plus one extra inch for each.  Make two coils for the cord ends by wrapping wire around the knitting needle seven times.  Cut off excess wire.  Apply glue to the wrong side of the last one inch of cord.  Fold it over and slide the coil over it.  Apply a little glue to the right side of the cord before sliding the coil in place, hiding the cord’s raw edge.  The glue will keep the coil from moving out of place.  

step 12 - Cut the cord ends to the desired length plus one extra inch for each.  Make two coils for the cord ends by wrapping wire around the knitting needle seven times.  Cut off excess wire.  Apply glue to the wrong side of the last one inch of cord.  Fold it over and slide the coil over it.  Apply a little glue to the right side of the cord before sliding the coil in place, hiding the cord’s raw edge.  The glue will keep the coil from moving out of place.

 

step 13 - Create an “S” shape with a piece of wire by smoothing one end around a magic marker or other round tool and the other piece of wire around a smaller tool.  Close the curve in the larger end.  Curl the end wire of the smaller end. with round nose pliers.  To fasten the necklace, slip the curled end of the wire through the loop in the leather cord.

step 13 - Create an “S” shape with a piece of wire by smoothing one end around a magic marker or other round tool and the other piece of wire around a smaller tool.  Close the curve in the larger end.  Curl the end wire of the smaller end. with round nose pliers.  To fasten the necklace, slip the curled end of the wire through the loop in the leather cord.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Sculpey Clay - Olive Green 1/2 oz., Ecru 1/2 oz., Purple 1/2 oz.
  • Sculpey Clay conditioning machine
  • Sculpey Super Slicer blade
  • copper leather cord
  • copper wire
  • jewelry pliers and wire cutters
  • E6000 glue
  • Diamond Glaze

At JoAnns

  • Copper lace suede cord

Miscellaneous

  • Wax paper
  • craft knife
  • knitting needle
  • small brush
  • sharp edge ruler
  • parchment paper
  • cookie sheet
  • magic marker or other round tool

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