high on COLORBLOCK NECKLACE diy

21 Jan

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One can never have enough accessories, so here’s one more you can DIY. It is inspired by the beautiful Panacea Colorblock Bib Necklace. I really loved it’s shape but I switched up the colors in my recreated version. I have been wanting to use oven-bake clay for a while and this DIY was the perfect chance. I have never baked anything before and the first time I baked, it was the clay for this colorblock bib necklace DIY and not some delicious cake or cookie! Anyhow, lets get started.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Oven-Bake Clay in Two Colors (I used Sculpey — Premo! Fuchsia and Premo! Accents Peacock Pearl)
  • Chain in Gold (Two 20cm pieces)
  • 11 Small Jump Rings in Gold & a Clasp
  • Necklace Template
  • Mod-Podge in Gloss & Brush/Sponge
  • E-6000 Glue
  • Toothpick
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Jewelry Plier
  • Rolling Pin (optional)

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Step 1: Tale 1/4th of the Peacock Pearl clay and condition it between your hands until it’s soft. Then flatten the clay using your hands or a rolling pin.

Step 2: Print out the necklace template on a A4 sheet to get the correct sizes of the shapes. Using the X-Acto knife, trace out shape A from the flattened clay according to the template.

Step 3: Use the toothpick to make two holes on the corner edges of shape A to attach jumprings later.

Step 4: Condition the leftover clay from step 2 and trace out two shape Bs and two shape Cs. Take 1/4th of the Fuchsia clay and repeat steps 1 & 2 to trace out one shape D and two shape Es. Create the jumpring holes in shapes A, B and C.

Step 5: Place all the shapes on a baking tray and bake them according to the instructions on the packet. I baked mine for 30 minutes at 275 degree F.

Step 6: After the baked clay has cooled down for 10 – 15 minutes, add E-6000 at the back of shapes D and Es.

Step 7: Glue shape D on top of A and the two Es on top of the two Bs. Make sure not to glue over the jumpring holes on A & Bs. Then, let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes.

Step 8: Once the shapes are glued together, use the brush or sponge to apply a layer of Mod-Podge over all the shapes including the two Cs. Let it dry for 5 – 10 minutes.

Step 9: Looking at the necklace arrangement on the template, link the shapes accordingly with jumprings. Add one piece of 20cm chain on each outer end of the C shapes.

Step 10: To create the closure for the necklace, add a jumpring to one 20cm piece of chain and add a clasp to the other 20cm piece.

Then you are ready to add a pop of color to any of your winter outfits with this DIY colorblock necklace!

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I really love trying out a new medium and I am happy with how my first work with clay turned out. I have more than 3/4ths of each color left to try make other jewelry pieces. I really hope you give this a try as it’s so much fun and you can make multiple necklaces with different colors and shapes. I would love to see what you made and hear any tips/tricks of working with clay. Follow along on Facebook & Pinterest to stay up to date with my  inspirations. Until next time, get your creative fix & stay HIGH on DIY!

8 Comments on “high on COLORBLOCK NECKLACE diy”

  1. Laurel May 2, 2013 at 11:17 AM #

    Unfortunately, Mod Podge is NOT a compatible glaze for polymer clay. You really want to use Future Floor Wax (Klear in Europe.)

    • Rinchen Dé May 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM #

      Thanks Laurel for the tip! I will look for Future Floor Wax for my other polymer clay projects :)

  2. Lisa February 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM #

    Awesome statement necklace. Love that it’s made from Sculpey. So many things you can do with that stuff!

    • Rinchen Dé February 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM #

      Thank you Lisa! Yeah, this was the first time I used it and am super in love. Will be definitely making more!

  3. Erin @ Thanks, I Made It February 2, 2013 at 9:21 AM #

    How fun! Great color combination.

    • Rinchen Dé February 2, 2013 at 11:26 AM #

      Thanks Erin! The teal changed color slightly after baking but the fuchsia stayed the same.

  4. Kossi Nacheva January 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM #

    I have done some jewelry with baked polymer clay, and it is easy and fun. I hate that for some reason we don’t have Mod Podge in Bulgaria or at least it is hard to find. And don’t even get me started on rubber cement – apparently it is not even produced or sold in Europe at all – gah!

    A tip that I would like to contribute is to check the clay often during baking, because different brands sometimes behave a little differently, and you wouldn’t want to burn your clay (it gets ugly grey streaks).

    • Rinchen Dé February 1, 2013 at 1:43 AM #

      Thanks for the tip & for stopping by Kosi! Is there an alternative to Mod Podge that you can get somewhere? or from ebay?

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