Hello! I hope your week is going well so far wherever you are. Well, out here, were’ in the lead up to the big July 4th weekend so totally feeling the excitement!
- DAS modelling clay (or any other air-drying clay alternative)
- ruler (metal on if possible)
- Stanley knife or a scalpel
- Spray paints or even nail varnish! (3 colours of your choice)
- Ribbon or chain links (you can take links from old jewellery, if needed be)
- glue gun
- wire (to make the links, if you don’t have proper jewellery ones at hand)
- tracing paper / detail paper or even greaseproof paper – to sketch your final design template
- Sketch out any ideas you have (the idea for this tutorial is to make your necklace out of triangle pieces) and then draw out a template for the final design onto some tracing/detail paper (even grease-proof paper will do!). If you’re confident, you can free-hand draw the triangles, otherwise use the ruler or some kind of grid for guidance. Also mark out roughly where you’ll be putting in the holes for where the chain links or ribbon go.
- Cut out a good-sized piece of Daz clay, and roll it out like you would making cookies, so you have a 3mm flat piece.Gently roll on both sides to try to get all the sides even in its thickness.
- using a pencil nib (or even a needle or toothpick), map out the corners of your triangles onto the clay by piercing through the tracing paper – do this one, triangular piece at a time.
- Use the metal ruler as a guide, and cut through the clay with the blade making sure it is an even cut. The metal ruler will make sure it keeps the edges straight. Also, you will find some bits of clay may show on the blade so wipe it clean before you make the next cut. Always, gently pull away the excess clay away from the main piece. Try and be gentle with this stage so you are left with clean pieces with straight edges. Repeat this procedure with all your triangles.
- Once all the pieces are cut out, take a good size needle or toothpick and pierce two holes where your connector links will go. Make it at least 1mm big, or enough for a connector to go through. Whether the chain or ribbon is used, you will need these holes for these connector pieces that then links on to the ribbon or chain.
- Leave all the pieces to dry overnight. Quick tip: try to swap the sides on which it lies on the surface because when it dries, the clay can tend to warp slightly so by flipping it on its sides every now and then during the drying process will help keep it relatively flat.
- After all the pieces are fully dry, pick out the spray paints or use nail varnish like I did in my quick-clay-beaded-necklace tutorial for a quicker and more convenient option. Apply the pain/varnish onto one side of your pieces (facing up) and leave it to dry.
- Now get all the bits and pieces you need to turn these pieces into a necklace; glue gun, wire, chain, links and connectors, ribbons….whatever else you want to add and let the fun part begin! :)
- Stick all your pieces together using the glue gun and leave it for a few minutes to set.Try and be neat here so that you avoid any stray glue strands!
- Now add those connector rings through the holes you made in your triangle pieces. I didn’t have any at hand or any that suited the holes, so made mine out of some wire. With these in place, you can then add your chain links or ribbon (as I’ve done). If you opt for a ribbon, try to select something that compliments your pendant colours.
And hey presto, you have yourself a totally RAD (yep, i said that) geometric statement necklace!! Perfect for the summer months!! I’m actually super delighted with mine even with its teeniest flaws but it all adds to the handmade feel. So there you have it folks! Do have a go and share with me all the creative goodness you come up with. It totally puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step seeing what you’ve made based on the tutorials. Oh and you know the drill if you do fancy sharing you photos……add the hashtag #CraftwithMolu with it so i can see it! Have a fantastic week of summer craft!! Much love x x x x