Of course, if you know me at all, you know I didn’t make a necklace, but rather, a bracelet. :)
You will need:
- Polymer Clay – it’s hard to tell in the photos, but I used silver Sculpey Clay
- Small heart shaped cutter
- A needle or paperclip for forming holes in your clay
- A non-food-use rolling pin
- Wax paper or parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- A chain link bracelet
- Jump rings and optional charms – I used a freshwater pearl
I broke off one section of clay, and rolled it on wax paper with a rolling pin I use for clay until it’s about 1/4″ thick.
Then, I put it in front of Raya and encouraged her to put a thumbprint in it. This took a long time. A very, very long time. This is 30 minutes into the project.
No thumbprints yet.
But finally, I was able to show her and get a few good ones. Mild use of force may have been employed. Not enough to bring tears, just indignant protest. (Don’t worry, it was short-lived. Once she figured it out, she loved the clay! I will have to give some homemade play-dough a try!)
It’s hard to see with the shadow that the cutter makes, but I lined up the cutter so that her thumbprint filled one side of the heart, and then I cut it out. You can see what I mean looking at the heart at the top.
Then, I put my pinky print along the other side of the heart. So each heart had both our prints. I’m saving one to give to her when she gets a little older.
Once she did a few, I could hardly keep her out of the clay. I went ahead and made up several out of other prints she left, so that I could pick the very best ones. Them, I used a needle to poke a hole in each one.
Each brand of clay has a little different baking instructions, so do whatever your brand tells you. But I baked mine on parchment paper until they were done.
To help protect the charm and to give it some shine, I added a coat of Sculpey Gloss to it. Then, I put a jump ring through the heart, and made pearl charm. I don’t have photos of how to make the charm, but I did explain how to make a charm using a jewelry pin with a head at my Book Page Necklace post, so check that out if you need to see it explained.
Then I just added my clay heart and pearl to the end of my bracelet, and I have a sweet mother and daughter keepsake!
What sorts of inspired projects have you been working on lately?
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