I have been searching for a cute and inexpensive initial necklace but haven’t found much. I tend to fall in love with things that are insanely expensive and then things I can actually afford never seem to measure up. This usually ends with me making something. Obviously I can’t make fine jewelry, but instead I can make some really cute little clay beads. I wanted to try a few different versions to test out how the sculpey would hold up.
I picked up three different colors of sculpey. A charcoal, a teal, and a white. Grey and teal are my favorite colors and I thought they white would be good to have to use on its own or to lighten the other two colors. I also picked up some chain and some clasps. I knew I wanted to make pretty short necklaces, so I would be able to get a few out of the chain I found at Michaels. To make the hole for the beads, I used an awl. If I tried to make this again, I would use something a little wider to poke the holes. Two of the beads cracked in half while I was trying to put them on the chain. The holes definitely needed to be a little wider. To stamp the letters, I used a rubber stamp.
The first idea I had was to make a cursive letter. To do this, I rolled out a really thin little worm of clay. The tough part here is forming the letter without leaving any marks on it. I definitely have a few little nail marks in mine! To help with the letters, I drew out some cursive letters to mold the clay on top of. This really helped to get it the right shape the first time.
Next I wanted to try some letter beads. One being a small circle and the other being more of a trapezoid shape. For the circle, I used a lead pencil to make the impression of the letter. This wasn’t as clean, but it was definitely more noticeable. On the pendent, I used the letter stamp. It was much easier to do, but definitely not as noticeable. Which I don’t hate. I like that it’s not as noticeable, but I know it’s there.
For the trapezoid, I started playing with a marble effect. Since I had the white clay, I just took a little of the teal and white and mixed them together. I stopped kneading the clay before the colors combined, leaving me with a very cool marble effect.
Since this is a bake dry clay, the beads made a pit stop in the oven. With these pieces being small and thin, I wanted to really watch them so they didn’t over bake. I followed the temp listed on the package, but did half the time and checked them. They needed a little bit more time, maybe two minutes more.
When they came out of the oven, they were totally solid. I then started to string them on the chains. Like I said above, definitely plan to make the holes bigger next time. Some of the beads were just too small and I broke them in half trying to stuff the chain through. The ones that did work however, turned out pretty awesome.
I’ve never worked with sculpey before and this was such an easy and fun project. I felt like a kid playing with clay again! I definitely plan on using this for more projects.