Hey, y’all! I’m Bethany from Pitter & Glink, and I’m so excited to be here today. On my blog, I share all types of craft and DIY projects, along with the occasional room makeover, but one of my favorite types of projects to share is jewelry tutorials. I love to wear jewelry, so it seems only natural that I love to make jewelry, right? I know a lot of people are a bit intimidated to try jewelry making for the first time, but there are SO MANY easy jewelry projects that you can create using minimal supplies and beginner skills. (Like this Simple Silver Bracelet and these DIY Three-Ring Earrings.) Today, I’m sharing the tutorial for my fun Faux Agate Polymer Clay Necklace.
Making this necklace involves some very basic jewelry making skills, along with a little work with polymer clay. It may seem scary at first, but I promise that it’s much easier than you think! To make the necklace, you’ll need the following supplies:
- Polymer Clay (4-5 different colors)
- Craft Knife or Clay Knife
- Coffee Stirrer or Toothpick
- Glass Baking Dish
- Polymer Clay Glaze
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Jump Rings (6)
- Metal Chain
- Eye Pins (2)
- Assorted Beads
- Round-Nose Pliers
- Flat-Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
The first step to making the necklace is creating the faux agate. To do so, gather four to five different polymer clays. To keep the agate realistic looking, choose a few different shades of the same color, along with white. I chose to use brown, copper, gold, pearl, and white. Pinch off some of each of the clays. Knead the clay in your hands until its soft and then roll it into a ball.
Next, flatten each polymer clay ball between your hands and roll into a snake.
Flatten each snake and cut in half with a craft knife or clay knife. (It’s not recommended to use something you eat with on polymer clay, so don’t use a knife from your kitchen.) Since I chose the dark brown as my “base color” for my agate, I actually made two clay snakes from the dark brown and then flattened and cut one of those.
Then it’s time to layer the clay. You can see in the pic above that I started layering with my dark brown clay in the middle, and then sandwiched it between the copper, sandwiched that between the gold, and so on. Once all the clay is layered, it’s time to mix and blend the colors. Please keep in mind that this process is not exact, so everyone’s agate will end up looking different.
To mix and blend the colors, roll the layered clay into a snake, cut it in half, stand the snake on end, and smoosh it down with your palm or thumb. Then fold and knead the clay until you get a mix that you like. You can see in the pic above how even clay from the same “layered snake” can look differently after mixing and kneading.
Once you think the clay looks sufficiently like agate, shape it into agate slices. (I never like to waste clay, so I formed all my extra clay into different shapes to use later.) Once your clay is shaped, put holes in the agate slices. You can use the end of a coffee stirrer, a paintbrush, or even a toothpick for this step. Put the pieces onto a glass baking dish and bake according to the polymer clay package directions. (Once again, don’t use a dish that you use to bake food. I have a special glass pie plate that I only use for baking clay.)
Once the clay has been baked and cools, cover it with a coat of glaze and/or Dimensional Magic. I covered both sides with Sculpey Satin Glaze, and once that was dry, I coated the top of the slices with Dimensional Magic and let it dry thoroughly. Then it was time to make my necklace.
Choose a few beads that coordinate with your agate slice, thread them on eye pins, and use round nose pliers to create a loop at the end of the eye pin.
Use your jewelry pliers to open a jump ring and attach the beaded eye pins to the agate slice.
Use wire cutters to cut chain the desired length of your necklace and then cut that chain in half. Use jump rings to attach the chain to the ends of the beaded eye pins. Then attach a jump ring to one end of the chain and a jump ring and clasp to the other. Then your necklace is complete!
This necklace is on trend with the boho look that’s so popular right now, but even though it’s trendy, if you use the right colors to create your necklace, it’s something that you can wear long after the boho trend has run its course.
When people see your necklace, they won’t believe that you MADE the agate and the necklace, and if you tell them you did, they’re probably going to ask you to make them one too, so be prepared!
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I want to thank Dawn for having me today, and y’all for reading. Happy crafting!
Thank you so much Bethany for sharing such a gorgeous project with us today!