clay gem neck­lace

Mollie Makes - - Introducin­g - Francesca Stone is the cre­ative force be­hind Fall For DIY, a blog ded­i­cated to cre­at­ing a more in­ter­est­ing and beau­ti­ful world through mak­ing. She also writes for sev­eral on­line in­te­ri­ors and fash­ion blogs, and man­ages a com­mu­nity of crafters on the onlin

You will need

Fimo Poly­mer Clay in translu­cent white, plus one or two colour vari­ants

■ Clear crys­tal glass

■ Glossy Ac­cents glue

■ Gold leaf

■ Neck­lace chain

■ Screw eye pins

■ Card­board

■ Bak­ing pa­per

■ Pen­cil

■ Paint brush

■ Craft knife

■ Cheese grater We all let out a col­lec­tive ‘ wow’ when we first saw th­ese amaz­ing poly­mer clay gems by Francesca Stone of Fall For DIY. There’s no fancy tricks or tech­niques needed here to cre­ate re­al­is­tic- look­ing stones – just a bit of rolling, mix­ing and cut­ting. Clever, huh? We added rough cut gold leaf to the sides, in keep­ing with the cur­rent trends, and left the bot­tom edge rugged. Clear crys­tal glass sprin­kled over the top com­pletes the muted- yet- glitzy look.

01 Cut off equal amounts of poly­mer clay in each of your cho­sen colours. Pop both into the freezer for around an hour to harden them up.

02 Whilst you’re wait­ing for the clay to get cold, cut a tem­plate for your pen­dant out of card­board and draw around it onto a strip of grease­proof bak­ing pa­per.

03 After an hour take the clay out of the freezer and grate us­ing a cheese grater ( make sure you have the owner’s per­mis­sion!).

04 Take two thirds of each grated colour and roughly mix to­gether. Com­bine them by rolling into a tube, twist­ing, then back into a ball and re­peat. Mix un­til you have a re­ally light, sub­tle mar­ble ef­fect with lots of vari­a­tion in tone.

05 Once you’re happy with the mix­ture, freeze for half an hour then grate again. Take all three colours and your sheet of bak­ing pa­per with the tem­plate on.

06 Sprin­kle a lit­tle of each colour onto the tem­plate

start­ing with the translu­cent white, then the mix, and then fi­nally the solid colour.

07 Start push­ing the grated pieces gen­tly to­gether with the flat side of your craft knife. The aim is to cre­ate lay­ers of clay in ran­dom, an­gu­lar shapes.

08 As you push the clay to­gether add more lay­ers of grated clay over the top to cre­ate depth. You want to cre­ate a nat­u­ral pat­tern, so al­low the lines of colour to merge and shift a lit­tle.

09 Once you’ve used up the clay, cut the sides and top edge with the craft knife. Leave the bot­tom raw to give a nat­u­ral aes­thetic. Gen­tly cut straight lines un­til you reach the orig­i­nal tem­plate. Push a screw eye pin into the mid­dle of the top edge.

10 Heat the clay in the oven ac­cord­ing to the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions and leave to cool. Then cover the top and rough side of the pen­dant with Glossy Ac­cents and sprin­kle with glitter glass to make it all druzy.

11 Once that’s dry spread a lit­tle Glossy Ac­cents over the three flat edges of the pen­dant and cover with gold leaf flakes. Once this has dried, brush away any ex­cess and thread onto a neck­lace chain.

12 You can make th­ese in any colour and add sev­eral tones, as we did with the green ver­sion of the pen­dant. Or play with ef­fects – imag­ine rainbow gem­stones and pas­tel tones. Or an om­bré of bright candy tones? Just re­mem­ber, it’s not edi­ble.

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