Plum Pretty Necklace
Plum, olive green and blue pearl is the color scheme for this glimmering clay necklace. Yes, clay! A friend asked if I put it in a kiln. Many people believe that’s the only way to make things with clay but this product only needs to bake in the kitchen oven for 30 minutes. After it cools, glaze the beads and the result is a row of shiny, colorful, perfectly shaped beads on a beautiful necklace. My beads started off oval, then I changed them to circular. But in the end I realized I wanted them to lay flat against the skin so I squished them slightly with my thumb. If you see a bit of sheen here and there, it’s an effect of the blue pearl mixing with the other colors. When you’re rolling the clay, you will be oohing and aahing over the awesome colors and patterns that develop. It’s a little like watching fireworks.
Not feeling ambitious enough for this project? Just make the pendant and hang it on a silver chain. A minimal effort for a stunning result.
This may be my favorite clay project... until the next one!
Step 12 - Place the pendant on plastic and run the glaze bottle’s applicator tip around the outside edges of the pendant square. Fill the center with just enough glaze so that it runs together to form an even layer. Allow pendant and beads to dry for 24 hours. To remove the wires from the beads, use a twisting motion as you push the nail head out of the bead. Snip the nail head off with wire cutters and pull the wire out.
Glue the bail to the backside of the pendant with E-6000 jewelry glue.
OPTIONAL: Before adding the bail, use a brush to coat the backside of the pendant with a light coat of glaze.
At JoAnn’s or Amazon
- plum, blue pearl, olive green Premo Sculpey clay
- Sculpey Etch ‘N Pearl tool
- mini clay cutters
- 10” of silver chain
- jump rings
- lobster clasp
- nail head wires
- acrylic roller or pasta machine
- plastic wrap
- parchment paper
- silver bail
- 3mm Silver beads
- wire cutters
- Diamond Glaze