DIY Half Circle Polymer Clay Necklace

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I was recently browsing around on Etsy and I spotted this beautiful necklace. I was instantly inspired and since it was made out of polymer clay I knew I wanted to recreate it myself. Here is how I did it...

What you will need:
  • 2 polymer clay colors
  • Waxed cotton cord
  • A metal bead making tool. You can find this at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
  • Razor (not pictured)

Start by conditioning your clay. Roll out two skinny tubes and attach them at the middle by rolling them together until they "fuse."

Poke your clay bead in the center and begin squishing your bead onto the metal tool. Don't worry if it looks all limpy and weird, it will all come together in the next step.

After you get the clay all the way onto your bead making tool, use the palm of your hand to roll out any imperfections and to make it smooth. Wiggle the metal tool around until you have a nice size hole. Carefully remove the clay bead and shape it into a half circle shape. Bake your bead according to clay directions. Once the bead is done, use the razor to slice off a tiny bit of each end to make it look clean. You will want to do this before your bead completely cools.

Such an easy and simple statement piece! I had so much fun making this that I think I will make a few more with bright and bold colors next.

26 comments:

Kat said...

Aaah, thanks for sharing! This is really neat. I actually picked up a couple packets of clay to try your tutorials out with, but they're still sitting in a bag in my car. I think I'll actually bust them out and make this necklace over the weekend!

The Tall Blonde Artist

Alli from Life on LeRoy said...

Love this! I was thinking about doing something like this too and trying out Polymer Clay for the first time :) I pinned it!

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

Very cute! I bought some polymer clay yesterday at Hobby Lobby because after seeing so many of your posts, I've been itching to work with clay again. I made some pumpkin earrings for Halloween a couple years ago, and for some reason, haven't done anything since. Time to play again! :)

Four Flights said...

Very cute! See, your creative juices haven't run out ;)

Lindsay said...

Love this! You have done it again, friend. I think a polymer clay company should sponsor you. :) Super cute necklace!

Susan said...

I'm always so inspired after I see your polymer clay posts, I love them! This one is no exception, so pretty!

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

That is so pretty!!!! :)

Kate Elizabeth said...

This is the perfect kind of necklace I've been looking for! I may have to give this a go! :)

Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

I absolutely love this!!

Alexa said...

I love that you always come up with these gorgeous ideas Lindsay...that necklace is stunning and yet so simple and classy.

Erin said...

Wow Lindsay! I'm always so impressed with how you work with clay-- mine always ends up lumpy!
Erin @ Thanks, I Made It

Mimi said...

you seriously have THE coolest DIY projects! :)

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J and A said...

I love this!!!

evdokia t. said...

simple & beautiful! thank you for the tutorial!

xx
evdokia

Sarah Roads said...

I have big plans to try all of your clay diy's out with my daughter this summer. Can't wait.

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

So unique looking! Speaking of Etsy and polymer clay I am quite certain I saw that Etsy had pinned your polymer clay bead necklace yesterday!! That is super cool!

Nuha said...

this is such a cute diy!!

Tonia L said...

Very nice! You are still the reigning clay queen!

Mariana said...

Love this!!

Bethh said...

I literally only discovered your blog today, but i already love it. I made this necklace in bright mustard-y yellow just because i wanted to use some polymer clay and i don't regret it even a little! Thanks for the great tutorial and bog! :)

Ashley said...

This is so rad, I really want to take inspiration from you and get working on some clay crafts!

What Sadie Did said...

Ooh great work, I always love your clay DIYs. I need to get one of those long needle thingys!

Sadie xx

Alison Levesque-Santos said...

Ahhh, goes to show how simplicity can make a bold statement.

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BBella said...

Hey, I have a question :) can polymer clay be sprayed metallic?

jjs said...

What brand of polymer clay do you suggest? I've never worked with any before but this is supper cute so I want to try.

Anonymous said...

HI Lindsay,

I tried this tutorial today as well as the ombre beaded necklace. The ombre beads worked out just perfectly and I am really happy with them. But the half moon just doesn't seem to want to stay fused where the two colors meet.

I have made three in total now. I tried making the tube thicker and not touching it until it was 100% cool. But still once i pick it up and try and wear it, where the two colors meet, it just snaps in two. I made sure they were really well mashed together and also blended some of each color into each side, attempting to make it more rigid.. but to no avail.

Any ideas on why this might be happening? Can i make a little band to wrap around and hold the sections together and re-bake?

Thanks
Casey

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