I just realized, for the amount of things I make with my hands, I really never make jewellery. Here’s a rare try.
I wanted to make a gift for my mom, and decided on a faux stone necklace. It was inspired by Tried and True Blog, with a few changes. It took a bit of trial and error, but did eventually end up looking like a real stone!
The process was simple enough: mix black and white polymer clay, form a heart shape, add stone texture, bake, and be done! What I didn’t realize was that each step would take about one thousand million tries to get it to look exactly how I wanted. I wasn’t even sure that I liked the results until I finished the whole thing, walked away from it for a day, and then came back to it again.
Polymer clay is so durable when it’s baked and cooled. This makes it ideal for projects like jewellery, which may get banged around from time to time. Another benefit of using polymer clay is the insane amount of kneading you be needing. Free hand reflexology massage, yay!
Start by twisting some white clay and black clay together. After I got the grey colour I wanted, I added thinner strings of each colour to make the stone striation patterns.
Twist and fold the clay until you get a pattern you like, and form into a shape you like.
After you get the clay ball to a shape you like, give your stone some texture. Experiment with different tools to see what effect they have!
When you have something that you’re finally happy with, put in the eye pin and bake according to the package instructions. My stones were about 1cm thick, and I baked them at 275°F for 50 minutes.
After the stones are finished baking and cooling, put on the necklace chain and you’re all done! Now go and cool off those thumbs!
PS- not into spending hours on kneading, shaping, cutting, and baking? Send me an e-mail and I’ll gladly make you a customized one!
Faux Stone Necklace
1x white polymer clay
1x black polymer clay
1x eye pins
Awl or other shaping tools
Rocks or stones
- Mix white and black clay to make the desired stone colour. Knead until just before the colours are mixed, leaving some unmixed portions to imitate the natural colour variations in stones.
- Form into a ball shape, then press the middle of the ball down halfway with a ruler to form a heart shape (or form into any desired shape). Flatten to desired thickness.
- Press real stones against the clay to imprint the stone texture. Make additional dings and cuts with scissors and awl.
- Poke a hole through the middle with awl or long, thin tool, or insert a glue-dipped eye pin into the top.
- Bake on a lined baking tray according to package instructions.
- Let cool, insert eye pin through the centre hole, and hang chain from either side.