Pistachio Clay Necklace

 • measures approximately 20"    • center beads are 2" long

• measures approximately 20"   
• center beads are 2" long

 

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.

Directions

 step 1 - Download and print out the necklace templates.  CK  - Print the bead templates onto card stock. Cut them out with a craft knife.  SC  - Download the cut files.

step 1 - Download and print out the necklace templates. CK - Print the bead templates onto card stock. Cut them out with a craft knife. SC - Download the cut files.

 step 2 - Roll out one and a half ounces of Black Souffle clay on the #2 setting of the conditioning machine.  CK  - Using the templates, cut out the black necklace pieces with your knife. Arrange them in order on a mat or card stock. Set aside. 

step 2 - Roll out one and a half ounces of Black Souffle clay on the #2 setting of the conditioning machine. CK - Using the templates, cut out the black necklace pieces with your knife. Arrange them in order on a mat or card stock. Set aside. 

 step 3 -  SC  - Move only the black bead shapes onto your Silhouette workspace. Place your black clay on the shiny side of freezer paper. Press the paper on the machine's cutting mat. In the Silhouette window, arrange  beads to match the clay placement on the cutting mat. Use the blue #10 setting of the deep cut blade. In settings choose 3 platforms, speed 3, thickness 33, and send the job to cut. Place deli film over the cut clay. Flip it over. Remove the Freezer paper. Cover the clay with another sheet of deli film. Flip it again and remove the front film. Use the back film to push out the cut clay pieces. Set aside.

step 3 - SC - Move only the black bead shapes onto your Silhouette workspace. Place your black clay on the shiny side of freezer paper. Press the paper on the machine's cutting mat. In the Silhouette window, arrange  beads to match the clay placement on the cutting mat. Use the blue #10 setting of the deep cut blade. In settings choose 3 platforms, speed 3, thickness 33, and send the job to cut. Place deli film over the cut clay. Flip it over. Remove the Freezer paper. Cover the clay with another sheet of deli film. Flip it again and remove the front film. Use the back film to push out the cut clay pieces. Set aside.

step 4 - Form three tubes - one with one ounce of Pistachio, One ounce of Black and one ounce of White Souffle.

 step 5 - Twist the tubes together and roll them on the work surface with your hands to form one large tube. Twist it then roll it onto the work surface. Make sure there are no air pockets in the roll. If you feel any, push the roll in from the left and right sides and roll again. Twist once more then flatten slightly.

step 5 - Twist the tubes together and roll them on the work surface with your hands to form one large tube. Twist it then roll it onto the work surface. Make sure there are no air pockets in the roll. If you feel any, push the roll in from the left and right sides and roll again. Twist once more then flatten slightly.

 step 6 - Cut one-inch wide slices from the oval shape.

step 6 - Cut one-inch wide slices from the oval shape.

 step 7 - Thin the slices with an acrylic roller so they can be fed into the conditioning machine. Roll them on the #2 setting.

step 7 - Thin the slices with an acrylic roller so they can be fed into the conditioning machine. Roll them on the #2 setting.

step 8 - CK - Using the templates, cut multi color beads from the clay with your craft knife.

 step 9 -  SC  - Place the rolled clay on the machine's cutting mat on the shiny side of freezer paper. In the Silhouette window, select all the green beads and arrange them to match the clay placement on the cutting mat. Using the same settings as in step 3, send the job to cut. Flip the cut clay as outlined in step 3.

step 9 - SC - Place the rolled clay on the machine's cutting mat on the shiny side of freezer paper. In the Silhouette window, select all the green beads and arrange them to match the clay placement on the cutting mat. Using the same settings as in step 3, send the job to cut. Flip the cut clay as outlined in step 3.

 step 10 - With a sculpting tool or the back of a small spoon, smooth and bevel the bead edges.

step 10 - With a sculpting tool or the back of a small spoon, smooth and bevel the bead edges.

 step 11 - Place the multi color clay pieces on top of the black pieces, aligning the sides and tops. Press lightly to stick them together. Blend the layer's edges with the sculpting tool.

step 11 - Place the multi color clay pieces on top of the black pieces, aligning the sides and tops. Press lightly to stick them together. Blend the layer's edges with the sculpting tool.

 step 12 -  CK  - Cut out the marked holes with a 3mm hole cutter, piercing through both layers. 

step 12 - CK - Cut out the marked holes with a 3mm hole cutter, piercing through both layers. 

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. 

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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.

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • Clay conditioning machine
  • SC - Silhouette Curio Machine with Deep-Cut Blade

Michaels

  • 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

 


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