My recent obsession with white clay took a turn for the dramatic when I decided to make this bold clay “bone” necklace. I wanted a statement piece and (with some gold leaf paint and a few basic jewelry supplies) a statement piece is what I got. I’m pretty much in love with this one and I might have given myself a high five after I was done. Maybe.
- White oven bake clay
- Gold leaf paint
- Washi tape
- 10 mm leather licorice cord – 8 inches
- E6000 glue
- End clasps – 2
- Flat leather cording – 14 inches should be plenty.
- Square cord ends – 4
- Clasp – whatever kind you are comfortable with. I used an “S” clasp.
- Jump rings – 4
- Needle nose pliers
1. Roll a golf ball sized ball of white clay out into an oval. It should be about three inches long and 2 inches wide.
2. Wrap the oval around a pen (or your finger) width-wise and pinch the seam closed. Give the tube a little bend in the middle to make a slight arch.
3. Bake the bead per the instructions on the clay package.
4. Once the bead is hard and cooled, wrap a piece of washi tape around the bead at the 1/3 point.
5. Paint the smaller exposed part of the bead with the gold leaf paint.
6. Remove the tape and let the gold leaf dry.
7. Slide the leather licorice cord through the bead. This stuff is stiff so it will hang in a permanent U-shape. Settle the bead in the base of that U.
8. With the glue, attach the end clasps to the cording and let dry.
9. Fold over one end of the flat leather cording and glue it down.
10. Add extra glue on top of the folded portion and slide it into the square cord end. Let it dry.
11. Use the needle nose pliers to attach a jump ring to the end of the square cord end.
12. Attach same jump ring to the licorice leather end clasp.
13. Repeat steps 9-12 with the other end of the flat leather.
14. Position the necklace around your neck and figure out where you want it to fall. The licorice leather is stiff so you will want to keep the necklace fairly short to make it hang right.
15. Once you get the length where you want it, mark the flat leather (you can just pinch it with your nail to leave a mark) where it should connect.
16. Take the necklace off and line up your clasps so that they connect where you marked the leather. (This is the part where you kind of work backwards.)
17. Cut the flat leather so that each side hits the clasp just where you want it to.
18. Repeat steps 9 and 10 with the newly cut ends of the flat leather and attach a jump rings to both sides.
19. Attach the clasps to the jump rings and rock the crap out of this badass necklace.
- I broke one of my square ends so I was left with a decision – make due with only 3 or go back to the bead store. I made due and just wrapped the flat leather directly around the clasp in the back. It works and saved me a trip. Just don’t break your square end and you will be fine.