Do you have a type of project or medium that you’ve never tried before but have been wanting to try for a long time? For me, that medium has always been air dry clay. Sure, I’ve done some sculpting when I was younger in school art classes and just last year I took a Japanese pottery class which was so much fun (and surprisingly difficult!), but I haven’t revisited clay for any projects ever since. I’ve had a package of air dry clay sitting on my shelf for months and I am determined to change this!
So yeah, while I have never tried air dry clay before, from what I’ve heard it’s incredibly easy to work with and so convenient since, duh, no baking required! I told myself I would try at least one small project with it so I thought what better time to dive into it than right before Valentine’s Day? Whether you have a significant other or not, if you’re ever going to make something small, cute and handmade, I say now is the time to do it! 🙂
I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, real or costume, and I really only have a few key pieces that I wear on a regular basis which were all gifts to me from my husband. However, every so often I’ll get the urge to wear a colorful bracelet or a cute pendant necklace to change things up and I’ve noticed that I only ever gravitate towards very subtle designs and/or unique details. So for this project, I thought to myself – if I were to give myself a piece of jewelry for Valentine’s day, what would I want it to be? This pink and gold XOXO Pendant Necklace was what I came up with and I have to say, I really love how it turned out! You don’t need any sculpting skills to make it and you can make it any color you like.
Learn how to make this necklace for yourself or your Valentine!:
Materials: 1-2″ ball of air dry clay / small rolling pin / X and O letter cutters / all purpose craft adhesive / acrylic paint / small paint brush / jump rings / necklace chain with clasp / jewelry pliers / embroidery needle (or similar thin pointed object)
1. Roll out your clay until it’s an even thickness, about 1/8 of an inch.
2. Press out 2 X’s and 2 O’s using your X and O letter cutters.
3. Gently remove the excess clay and clean up any rough edges of your letters. You can use your embroidery needle (or similar object, like a toothpick) to help remove the middle of the O’s and to smooth out your letters.
4. With your needle, poke a hole at the top left corner of one of the X’s and at the top right corner of one of your O’s. This is where you will place jump rings to connect your letters to your necklace chain.
This is what you should have so far! Let these letters dry completely. I left mine to dry for 2+ hours, which is much less time than most clay projects simply because these letters are quite small!
5. Once your letters are dry, paint them in the colors that you like.
Set them aside again so the paint can dry.
6. Glue each of your letters together and then let them dry one last time.
7. Using your jewelry pliers (I actually used two, one to hold the jump ring and one to bend it), put jump rings through each of the holes you placed on the X and the O.
8. Add your necklace chain to each end, and then you’re done!
Oh and since this project uses the tiniest bit of clay in your typical package, here’s a quick clay storage tip: Wrap any unused clay that you want to save with saran wrap or plastic wrap and then place that into a ziplock bag. Make sure you press all of the air out of the ziplock before you seal it. I also then roll the bag onto itself and place a rubber band over it. As an extra step, you can also place the ziplock bag into a mason jar (or multiple jars) and close the top.
Now you can use as little or as much of your block of clay that you want and still have a way to keep the rest useable!
After this project I am slightly obsessed with air dry clay and can’t believe I waited so long to use it! Does this inspire you to make your own DIY necklace? What other types of pendants can you think of?
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