Silver Snowflake Necklace

necklace measures 20”

necklace measures 20”

 

Metal and glass beads combine with silver polymer clay and rhinestones for a festive holiday necklace you’ll want to wear throughout the season and beyond. Black leather cords lend a contemporary vibe and slip into end caps to support the blingy, center bead grouping. My custom snowflake template is free and included with the downloads.

This project template can be cut with the Silhouette Curio machine, the Cameo 3, other machines or a craft knife. Download the cut file above that's right for you or the pdf file which includes complete instructions. 

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 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 -  The Center Section  - Cut wire to measure approximately 7.50” for a 20” necklace. Insert the wire into a crimp bead, the small hole in the end cap, and another crimp bead.

step 1 - The Center Section - Cut wire to measure approximately 7.50” for a 20” necklace. Insert the wire into a crimp bead, the small hole in the end cap, and another crimp bead.

step 2 - Insert the wire end back into the open end of the end cap then through the first crimp bead again.

step 2 - Insert the wire end back into the open end of the end cap then through the first crimp bead again.

step 3 - Tug on the wire so the second crimp bead gets pulled down into the bead cap. Slide the first crimp bead snugly against the bead cap. Use a crimp tool to secure the bead on the wire. Attach a crimp cover. Trim off the excess wire.

step 3 - Tug on the wire so the second crimp bead gets pulled down into the bead cap. Slide the first crimp bead snugly against the bead cap. Use a crimp tool to secure the bead on the wire. Attach a crimp cover. Trim off the excess wire.

step 4 - Starting with a round silver bead, alternate silver and glass beads on the wire until you have nine.

step 4 - Starting with a round silver bead, alternate silver and glass beads on the wire until you have nine.

step 5 - Add another silver bead and continue adding the remaining eight beads. Finish off the end with a bead cap as described in steps 1 – 3.

step 5 - Add another silver bead and continue adding the remaining eight beads. Finish off the end with a bead cap as described in steps 1 – 3.

step 6 -  The Cord and Ends  - Cut two leather cords to measure 8” long. If the end cap is slightly larger than the cord, wrap a strip of thin black ribbon around the cord until it is thick enough to fit snugly into the cap. Use Krazy Glue to hold the ribbon in place temporarily while you check the fit. When you’re sure of the size, smear the ribbon and cord end with E6000 and press it into one of the caps. Attach a cord to the second end cap using the same steps. Allow E6000 to set.

step 6 - The Cord and Ends - Cut two leather cords to measure 8” long. If the end cap is slightly larger than the cord, wrap a strip of thin black ribbon around the cord until it is thick enough to fit snugly into the cap. Use Krazy Glue to hold the ribbon in place temporarily while you check the fit. When you’re sure of the size, smear the ribbon and cord end with E6000 and press it into one of the caps. Attach a cord to the second end cap using the same steps. Allow E6000 to set.

 
 
step 7 - To attach a clasp to the end cap on the other end of the cord, insert a nail head wire into the cap opening. Pull it through, leading it out the opposite small hole. (The head should rest inside the cap.)

step 7 - To attach a clasp to the end cap on the other end of the cord, insert a nail head wire into the cap opening. Pull it through, leading it out the opposite small hole. (The head should rest inside the cap.)

step 8 -Pull the wire snug against the cap while you create a loop in the wire. Cut off excess. Attach a jump ring and a clasp. Follow step 6 to attach the cord end to the cap.

step 8 -Pull the wire snug against the cap while you create a loop in the wire. Cut off excess. Attach a jump ring and a clasp. Follow step 6 to attach the cord end to the cap.

step 9 -  The Snowflake  - Download and print out the snowflake template. I used three templates glued together with spray adhesive to make a really deep impression when the template is pressed into the clay. You can get by with one layer if desired. CK – Print the template onto card stock. Cut it out with a craft knife. SC – Download the cut file and cut the image using the plain card stock setting on your Cameo or Curio.

step 9 - The Snowflake - Download and print out the snowflake template. I used three templates glued together with spray adhesive to make a really deep impression when the template is pressed into the clay. You can get by with one layer if desired. CK – Print the template onto card stock. Cut it out with a craft knife. SC – Download the cut file and cut the image using the plain card stock setting on your Cameo or Curio.

step 10 - Brush the front of the template with baby powder, which will prevent it from sticking to the clay.

step 10 - Brush the front of the template with baby powder, which will prevent it from sticking to the clay.

step 11 - Roll out white clay larger than the size of the snowflake, on the number two setting of the conditioning machine. Set it on deli film.

step 12 - Place the template on the clay powder side down and roll across it until the clay rises up to (but not above) the surface of the card stock. Remove the card stock.

step 12 - Place the template on the clay powder side down and roll across it until the clay rises up to (but not above) the surface of the card stock. Remove the card stock.

step 13 - Outline the impression with a sharp craft knife. Use the film to turn the clay as you work so you don’t have to lift the blade from the clay to change positions. Keeping the blade in the clay will result in a smoother cut.

step 13 - Outline the impression with a sharp craft knife. Use the film to turn the clay as you work so you don’t have to lift the blade from the clay to change positions. Keeping the blade in the clay will result in a smoother cut.

step 14 - Place another piece of film on the clay. Flip it over and remove the film backing.

step 14 - Place another piece of film on the clay. Flip it over and remove the film backing.

step 15 - Carefully lift the excess clay away from the snowflake.

step 15 - Carefully lift the excess clay away from the snowflake.

step 16 - Apply silver alcohol ink directly to a small brush and begin painting the surface and sides of the clay.

step 16 - Apply silver alcohol ink directly to a small brush and begin painting the surface and sides of the clay.

step 17 - Use a mini hole punch to make a hole in the top center of the snowflake. Ideally, this should be done before painting. When the ink is completely dry, flip the snowflake over and paint the other side. Allow it to dry. Flip it over using film and place it on a square of parchment paper.

step 17 - Use a mini hole punch to make a hole in the top center of the snowflake. Ideally, this should be done before painting. When the ink is completely dry, flip the snowflake over and paint the other side. Allow it to dry. Flip it over using film and place it on a square of parchment paper.

step 18 - Create a painted clay circle the same size as your large rhinestone. Place it in the center of the snowflake with the rhinestone pressed onto it. The extra layer of clay will raise the stone up so it doesn’t get lost in the design.

step 18 - Create a painted clay circle the same size as your large rhinestone. Place it in the center of the snowflake with the rhinestone pressed onto it. The extra layer of clay will raise the stone up so it doesn’t get lost in the design.

step 19 - Surround the rhinestone with textured silver beads. Press them into the clay. Fill the space between the beads and the rhinestone with smaller rhinestones.

step 19 - Surround the rhinestone with textured silver beads. Press them into the clay. Fill the space between the beads and the rhinestone with smaller rhinestones.

step 20 - Place the parchment paper on a small square tile and bake the snowflake in a 275-degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow it to cool before handling.

 step 21 - Insert a jump ring into the hole in the clay and attach the snowflake to the center of the necklace between the two, center, silver beads.

 


Supplies

At Amazon

  • Clay conditioning machine

  • SC-Silhouette Curio or Cameo Machine

  • Jewelry pliers and cutters

  • Crimp tool

  • Deli film

At Michaels Store

  • Premo White Clay 

  • Ranger Silver Alcohol ink

  • Acrylic roller

  • 7mm jump rings - 3

  • Clasp

  • CK – craft knife

  • Small brush

  • 3mm hole cutter

  • End caps  - 4

  • Crimp beads and covers

  • Silver textured round 6mm beads – 8

  • Glass mirrored 6mm oblong beads – 8

  • Hot fix Rhinestones – 6mm (1) and 2mm  ( approx. 9)

  • Leather cord – 16”

  • Ribbon - 12”

  • Krazy Glue

  • E6000 adhesive

  • Acculon nylon coated beading wire .020 diameter – 8”

Miscellaneous

  • Baby powder

  • Card stock

  • Parchment paper

  • Ceramic tile

     


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