clay gem necklace
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
■ Baking paper
■ 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.