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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – an easy way to make your own beautiful bling.
They say there’s no such thing as too much bling and this easy project will have the little ones, and you, making a treasure trove of jaunty jewels in no time.
BEAUTIFUL BLING – CLAY NECKLACES
- Air dry clay (you can buy this at cheap shops and craft stores)
- Rolling pin
- Cookie cutters
- Thin wire
- Thick cardboard or wooden slab
- Leather cord
- Fishing line
- Paint/nail polish.
- Use fishing line to cut a small chunk of clay from the block.
- Place this on the cardboard or wooden slab (it will stick to a lot of surfaces and your work will be destroyed).
- Roll it out to around 5 mm.
- Use the toothpicks to gently carve a design of your choice in the centre of the clay.
- Or you can make an imprint by rolling a leaf over the slab of clay.
- You can create a shape using the cookie cutters – I’m partial to hearts, but even a plain circle looks great.
- Use the toothpicks to poke a small hole in the centre, at the top of your shape.
- Allow to dry completely. This could take up to three days, depending on the weather.
- Meanwhile, use the excess clay to roll small balls and poke a hole through each one.
- When the clay is dry, it’s time to add colour.
- Paint with your choice of paint or nail polish. NOTE: If you opt to use paints, you may want to add a layer of matt varnish to give the shape extra strength.
- I even tried using food colouring and it gave a lovely subtle colour. Nail polish was my favourite choice.
- Paint or polish the clay balls you made.
- Use the pliers to cut a short length of wire.
- Place the wire through the hole you made in your shape and twist into a figure 8 shape so there is a loop at the top.
- Squeeze the wire through one or more of the balls.
- Widen the loop at the top and then thread the leather cord through the wire loop to finish your necklace.
MORE IDEAS FOR BEAUTIFUL BLING
You can get the instructions for making cute present earrings out of cardboard here.
How about earrings made from paper clips?
Or beautiful and long-lasting turquoise jewellery made from potatoes?
Want more fun jewellery making ideas? Check out my Pinterest Board –
Grand Jewellery Making.
I hope you enjoyed these projects. Be sure to share if you did.
Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.
Candess M CampbellSeptember 15, 2017 at 9:14 am
Oh Tamuria this is so perfect for a weekend project. The nights are starting to really cool down now and I haven’t gotten my sewing room organized well yet. A quick trip to the craft store and we can be adorned with jewelry in time for dinner. As always – I love your creativity and all you share!
tamuriaSeptember 23, 2017 at 6:08 am
It’s lovely to hear you enjoy the projects I share Candess. Adorned with jewellery in time for dinner – love that.
Joyce HansenSeptember 16, 2017 at 11:17 am
You’re turning me into a kid again. It’s been a long time since I had my hands in clay.
It also makes for great therapy to get back to basics and away from all the electronic devices. You’ve got my creative mind spinning with all kinds of ideas.
tamuriaSeptember 23, 2017 at 6:09 am
Clay play is so much fun Joyce and it really is good therapy. Love it when I can spark ideas in others.
Tandy ElisalaSeptember 18, 2017 at 1:49 pm
I’ve missed your creative posts as I’ve been MIA for a bit, Tamuria. What a great craft ‘recipe’ here to try. I save your posts so when my grandphew gets old enough, we can do these things with him. BTW, there can never be too much bling – lol.
tamuriaSeptember 23, 2017 at 6:10 am
So true Tandy, there can never be too much bling. You are going to have so much fun with your grandphew.
Cathy SykoraSeptember 19, 2017 at 10:56 am
Fun! We painted rocks when I was in England. They’re going into the rock garden at my son’s new house. 3 generations out in the backyard painting rocks. We…and the kids will remember it…especially when they turn over the “cheer”, “joy” and “forgive” 🙂
tamuriaSeptember 23, 2017 at 6:13 am
Painting rocks is such a fun activity, Cathy. The Goddesses and I have done that and they love finding those ‘treasures’ in the garden. Now, it’s become a worldwide endeavour with people everywhere painting rocks and leaving them in parks for other kids to find and we have joined in that fun as well.
Lorii AbelaSeptember 20, 2017 at 12:25 pm
Interesting! I wish I have more time for creating such blings and using creativity. I am sure I can create many interesting things. Sometimes I am thinking, I will be really busy when I retire trying different things.
tamuriaSeptember 23, 2017 at 6:14 am
Time can really be an enemy when it comes to creative pursuits Lorii. I’m sure you will create many beautiful things when you have more time.