I often find myself wondering what today would look like if I had made a different choice at one point in my life. Okay not often, but sometimes. Still, it’s a curious side effect people who think too much about everything seem to encounter, and it can be quite enraging at times, especially when you try to fall asleep and your brain thinks about showing you that awkward conversation/event/moment from five years ago (yes, those things can happen and I bet a few of you know that).
My boyfriend told me last week that he was curious about all those things going on in my head. Well, this can be part of it. My actual point is, I seem to have so many interests that I sometimes wish to just break out and do something entirely different than I do now (studying economics). In a perfect world I would be living at a farm, or be a beekeeper or a vintner and sell self-made things to the world. Or all things at once. In another parallel universe I would be blogging professionally and travel the world, and write books and travel guides. Or, and now really I get to the point of all of this, I would be a jeweler. I just love to craft jewellery, as you can easily see:
- Polymer clay in four colours (whichever you like)
- Leather strap
- End caps
- Two jump rings
- Jewellery Clasp
- Sharp knife
- Needle and thread
- Super glue
- Jewellery pliers
Sketch the design or template for your bib by help of a compass and a pencil. Cut it out.
Take some white, grey and light pink polymer clay (approximately the same amount) and roll it into long cigars. Take about half as much of the black polymer clay and roll into a fourth cigar, just a bit thinner than the other three. Join the four strands on one side, then twist them into one big cigar. Roll that one out until it’s twice as long, take it double and twist the ends again.
Repeat step 2 until you like the marbling of the colours, then form a ball and roll it out like a dough with a rolling pin or bottle until your template fits right on it.
Place the template on your piece of marbled clay, then cut around the edges with a sharp knife. Take your leather strap and push one end a bit into the clay (just where you want to thread it through later on), then cut out the part where you left the mark. Repeat with the other side. Bake the polymer clay according to the instructions on the package.
In the meantime, prepare your leather straps: Think about how close you want that bib to your neck, adjust the length of the strap accordingly. Cut in half so you have two strands of the same length. Trim the ends of the leather straps so they fit into the end caps. Attach one end cap with some super glue to each leather strap. Let dry.
Now bring leather straps and bib together: Thread one end of the leather strap through the opening in the bib, turn up the strap and sew the parts together. It might be a bit difficult with the thick leather, just take the jewellery pliers as help.
Finish with a knot at the backside, then repeat with the other strap.
Attach a jump ring to one leather strap and a jump ring with a jewellery clasp to the other. Done!
I love projects that are fairly easy but look like a hundred-bucks-piece. The marbled bib looks quite precious with the leather strap, and because the colours are muted you can wear this piece just as well to a brightly coloured tee as to a white or black one. It’s really a modern and simple eye catcher. Okay, enough of the self-praise. Do you like it? Hope you are inspired!