If you haven’t noticed by now, air dry clay is one of my favourite things to work with. I love being able to make ceramic items without a kiln – and I know the finish isn’t quite as durable or watertight as the real thing, but it’s pretty damn good all the same. So I made myself an air dry clay necklace last week. Actually, I’m lying. I made it for someone else. But I liked it, so… mine. I know, that’s not very nice but still. Mine.
You will need:
- air dry clay (about a golf ball sized lump)
- gold, pink and blue acrylic paint
- gloss craft varnish (such as triple thick – amazing stuff)
- chain necklace
- triangle jump rings (like these)
- Begin by making a template, draw a straight line across a piece of card and use a small coin (like a 5p) to draw semi circles along it. It should have 5 semi circles altogether. Cut this out.
- Roll out the clay so that it is about 3mm. Cut into a strip to fit the template with a little excess on one side and place the template on top. Use a knife to cut carefully around it. Then trim the last scallop neatly off the template and use that as a new template to create one neat scallop (feels weird writing scallop so many times…)
- Cut through the large cut piece of clay to create 2 pieces, one with 3 scallops in it and one with two.
- Smooth the edges with your finger dipped in a little water, then layer up the clay to look like fish scales, starting with the single scallop at the bottom. Press them together gently and smooth in place. Use a pencil to make holes in the top corner Put in a warm spot on the cling film to dry out completely.
- Once dry, check the layers have adhered to each other – if they don’t feel solid you can glue them together. Sand the pendant carefully to make sure all the edges are smooth. Paint each layer a different colour and add a layer of craft varnish. This will add durability and make it more protected from water.
- Find the centre of the metal chain and cut it in half – I used a pair of scissors which worked fine (although the scissors might disagree). Open the jump rings and attach one onto the cut end of the chain and a hole in the pendant. Close the ring and repeat for the other side.
I know I look pretty bedraggled in this picture, but I thought I’d stick it in so you can see the scale! I need a hair cut…