For a long time now, I am dreaming for a nice statement necklace with stones and this is the best one that I could find. However, every single necklace that I have seen had something wrong. It may was its color, the chain, the stones’ size, always something was missing or something needed to be changed. Until I decided to create my own statement necklace, only I decided to make it with clay. Yeah, clay.
Supplies you will need: white clay that dries without baking it, a scalpel with a broad blade, tempera colors (I used white and black), thin flexible wire, a bowl with water, atlacoll glue, fishing line, circular metal rail as the necklace’s basis (you will find these in diy supply stores)
1. Initially you cut the clay into small pieces, a little larger than the ideal size of the necklace’s stones.
2. With the scalpel’s blade subtract clay and create polygonal surfaces on your pieces. Be sure to dip the blade in the water every now and then, ‘cause a wet blade cuts smoother.
3. Then, place the stones as you want them in the necklace and paint them with the tempera colors. I went for the classic white/black combination. If you stick to this too, paint the stones, which are supposed to stay white too. By this you will cover the clay’s natural dirty white-grey white, with a much brighter one.
Tip: Take a photo the stones’ layout, so that you will be able to re-create it with ease.
4. When the paint dries, create shadows and illuminations for a more three-dimensional effect. Lay the stones in front of a light source (eg a window) and paint with tones of grey the shaded part of the white stones and the illuminated parts of the black stones.
5. When the stones are completely dry, place them again as they should be in the necklace and leave spaces of 2-3mm between them. Then cut the wire into pieces of 1.5-2cm. and stick with atlacoll on the stones.
6. I suggest that you start gluing pieces of wire on the larger stones, to let them dry (a.k.a. let atlacoll to become transparent) and then glue on their wires the smallest stones.
Tip: If you want to bend the tip a wire, hold its base with your finger. Otherwise, glue and wire will come off the stone’s surface.
Once you have all your stones glued together, grizzle a little atlacoll between the stones’ gaps for extra stability. When the necklace dries thoroughly, center it over a rail –necklace’s base and with the fishing line tie the outboard and center wires with the rail. And ready you are.
And here it is. Sparklingly ready and worn. This sweet clay necklace may the best-favorite necklace, that I have made.
PS. All the photos are taken under different lighting conditions, cause because the drying’s delays, the necklace took me 2-3 days to make. So pictures were taken different hours of the days.
So what's your opinion? Would you make a similar one?