As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago about a DIY crayon ring, I’ve been wanting to wanting to make some air-dry clay jewellery for ages now. So I decided to try making something that combined clay and thread, using the thread to stitch a pattern on the ring. I am actually very happy with how it turned out and it was very easy too! Read on for how to make your own…
1. Begin by rolling out your clay to about 3mm thickness, and cut out a 1 inch square with a knife. I used a ruler for this to ensure accuracy – you could use a template too.
2. With a cocktail stick poke holes along the edge of the square – wiggling the stick to make sure the hole is big enough to fit a needle through. Each side should have 5 holes. Turn the square over to even out the holes from the other side.
3. Allow the clay to dry out completely before sanding it down with sandpaper to ensure the surface is completely smooth. Varnish the square and leave to dry – make sure the holes do not get blocked by the varnish (you can re-poke with your cocktail stick!)
5. Take a needle and select your preferred thread colour then simply thread the clay in whichever pattern you chose, knotting the end once complete and painting a layer of varnish onto the back to give the thread extra stability.
6. Glue the square of clay into place onto your ring base.