Do you remember my „All White Summer Style“- Post? Well I did and I actually wanted to put that idea of wearing white further into practice aaand at the same time satisfy my desire to make jewellery and fill my jewellery rack. The good thing about this is that you will be wearing something exclusive that didn’t even cost as much as if you would have bought it somewhere. But that’s actually the whole point of doing things yourself.
This time I caught a glimpse of some chunky bib necklace in a magazine somewhere and I thought that doing the same thing in white would maybe be a nice addition to my summer wardrobe. The problem with these things is for the most part to find your main material to craft these things, but after some time and a few projects you now which kinds of pieces to do with which material. This time I decided to use my good ol’ modelling clay, which proved indeed to be very useful this time.
- white modelling clay
- a sharp knife
- sand paper
- clear varnish
- 8 small jump rings
- 2 big jump rings
- jewellery clasp
- golden chain
Start by drawing your necklace design on a sheet of paper, that is how you want your chunks to look like. I chose to make one big chunk in the middle and smaller chunks on each side of it. Cut out the templates.
Get yourself a rolling pin you normally use for baking cookies (a glass bottle will do as well) and a freezer bag. Now that’s an old trick from my mum to prevent the cookie dough from sticking to the rolling pin or the surface of the table: Slice open one side of the freezer bag and place the modelling clay between the two sheets of plastic. Then roll the clay until it’s about 2mm. Now you place the templates onto the clay and cut along the outlines with the sharp knife.
Smoothen the edges and remove little irregularities with your fingers. With a toothpick make a hole on each side of the chunk (to connect the pieces later). Place the chunks an aluminium foil and bake them according to the package’s prescription (for me it was 30 minutes at 110°C).
The pieces might still seem a bit uneven and not perfect at all after the baking, so grab some sand paper and sand the chunks until they look presentable. Maybe touch up the holes with your knife a bit.
Time to give the chunks a finishing touch by applying clear varnish to make them shine.
Connect the pieces by first applying a small jump ring to each hole and then three small chain links from your golden chain so the chunks have the right space between each other.
Attach the big jump rings on each side of your bib and add the rest of the chain with your jewellery clasp.
The white colour of the necklace is a pretty good statement and works well with other white pieces, or black, or grey…oh the possibilities! That’s actually the point: you can wear it with any colour and that’s what I really like about it. It’s rather big but has the ability to attract attention, believe me.