Another week has passed, and it’s Monday, so it’s time for a new DIY project. Hooray! I think I am always drawn towards jewellery-crafting, and it’s always been like that. I guess my first hand-made jewellery was a big chunky heart out of air drying clay which I wore on my first day of secondary school. Since then my jewellery taste went from silver and blackish punk things (everyone goes through that phase, right?) to glitter and rhinestonish necklaces (yuck, when I think about it).
I actually had a rhinestone belt to wear on special occasions. Okay I still got it…somewhere. It’s an heirloom. So it’s the same thing with jewellery as with finding your own style in the end: Testing yourself and then eventually finding the direction that suits you and compliments you. For me it is either wearing delicate golden necklaces with cute/funny/extraordinary pendants or big colourful and showy statement necklaces. Earrings are usually hiding behind my curly thatch unless I tie it up in some way. So it’s mostly necklaces for me. What a coincidence that I just crafted a DIY Animal Jewellery Stand, right? Well I guess it is time for starting to fill this thing with some beautiful delicate necklaces! Let’s start with this one here, which seems to prove again that I have a thing for gold:
- Polymer clay in black and white
- Gold leaf (+special glue)
- Delicate gold chain
- Jump rings (3 normal size, 4 small size)
- Jewellery pliers
- Sharp knife
Take a chunk of clay in both colours, in approximately the same amount. Start rolling them out with your hand on a clean surface so they are even in length.
Now the fun part: Once the two colours are rolled out, twist the two strands together and roll the new single strand out again until it’s twice as long as the original pieces of clay. Fold in half and twist again, then roll out with your hand. Repeat the step until the two colours are nicely layered, about 3-4 times total.
Now form a ball.
Roll out the clay again with your hand until the strand has the approximate diameter you want for your pendant. With the sharp knife, cut off portions of the clay in the approximate length of your pendant. If you have taken rather a lot of clay (like me) you can make a few pendants for friends and family. Or you don’t take as much clay to begin with.
If you like the texture of your piece, proceed with cutting the cylinder in half. If not, form a small ball again until you like the colours’ swirls. Roll out again and then cut in half.
With a small needle carefully make small holes on both sides of the piece, close enough to the edge that the jump rings will fit through but far enough that they won’t break when you attach the jump rings. With the sharp knife cut off excess clay to straighten the edges. Bake the clay in the oven at 110°C for 30 minutes (time depends on the brand you use).
My favourite part: Prepare half of the pendant with special gold leaf glue and let it surface dry for 15 minutes (this may vary depending on which glue you take). With a soft paintbrush carefully apply the gold leaf. Remove excess gold and with the needle remove the foil from the hole.
Attach a normal sized jump ring on both sides of the pendant. It’s a bit tricky, but it’ll work. To this jump ring attach a small jump ring, which is small enough for the delicate gold chain. Measure the length of your necklace by putting it around you neck and holding the loose end of the chain to the other side of the pendant. If you have the desired length, keep in mind the position on the chain and sever it there with the pliers.
Fold the chain in half and place the loose end beside the already attached end. Keep in mind the middle of the chain and sever it there. Attach the now resulting piece of chain to the other side of the pendant (with a small jump ring again).
Last step: Attach a small jump ring on both ends of the chain, then apply a jewellery clasp on one side and a larger jump ring on the other side. Done!
I have actually crafted a version with gold and one without it, which I left slightly longer to wear both versions together as double-layered necklace. But you can wear it as a single necklace as well. I like how it turned out, especially the marbling of the black and white. And the gold really compliments this effect! So what do you think? It was rather simple, but doesn’t look so bad. Hope you are inspired!