Pistachio Clay Necklace
Pistachio is a yummy color but even more appealing when mixed with black and white into smooth matte beads that just beg to be touched. Unlike other types of clay, the Sculpey Souffle used here has an almost suede-like finish making people wonder if it's a leather necklace. Light on the neck, the six beads decrease from two inches in the center to one inch on the ends. Jump rings link the beads together and lead to chain on each end of the necklace. My custom design templates are included with the instructions. Make this project and prepare to answer lots of questions from admirers.
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 4 - Form three tubes - one with one ounce of Pistachio, One ounce of Black and one ounce of White Souffle.
step 8 - CK - Using the templates, cut multi color beads from the clay with your craft knife.
step 13 - Bake all the beads on flat parchment paper on a ceramic tile for 30 minutes at 275 degrees. Allow the clay to cool.
step 14 - Connect the beads with 8mm jump rings. Attach two equal chain lengths (5.25" or more depending on your neck size) to single rings on each end of the necklace. Adjust the fit if needed by removing or adding links to the chain ending with the same number on each side. Add a lobster clasp to one end of the chain and a 8mm ring on the other.
- Clay conditioning machine
- SC - Silhouette Curio Machine with Deep-Cut Blade
- Sculpey Souffle Clay - 2 oz. Black, 1 oz. each of White and Pistachio
- Acrylic roller
- Tissue Blade (for slicing clay block)
- Clay sculpting tools
- 8mm jump rings - 13
- 12" black chain
- Lobster clasp
- CK - craft knife & card stock
- SC - freezer paper & deli film
- 3mm hole cutter