• DIY Clay Bead and Hardware Necklace

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    I’ve been meaning to try to make something like this for a while, using clay and metal hardware pieces. I’ve loved the idea of it but haven’t found something that really inspired me to do it. Until I spottted this gorgeous necklace from Leif. It seemed like something I could totally DIY without much difficulty, and there’s nothing more fun to wear than a bold statement necklace (especially one you didn’t pay an arm and a leg for).

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    I really like how it turned out and if you’re headed to Alt Summit in two weeks you’ll probably see me wearing it!  I love it with a simple black or white dress.

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    Keep reading to see how I made it…

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    Supplies:

    Polymer Clay
    Hardware pieces (I just sorted through some drawers at my local hardware store to find these ones)
    Leather Cord
    Acrylic paint/brush

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    Step 1: Roll out balls of clay and push a skewer through them to make a hole. Squish them slightly so they aren’t perfectly round and kind of flattened a bit. To make the textured balls I used the skewer and just dotted indentations around the bead after forming it. I’m really glad I made the textured ones, I think they balance things out really nicely on the necklace.

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    Step 2: Bake according to clay directions on a cookie sheet until dry

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    Step 3: Paint. I balanced them on skewers on top of bowls to dry. Also, I love using cheap paper plates for this kind of painting project so you can just toss the mess away afterwards.

    Step 4: String hardware pieces and beads through the leather cord and tie at the top.

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  • 7 comments

    1. Joyce @ MustardSeeds+Hope said… January 20, 2014 10:33 pm

      creative + cute! Thanks for the idea!

    2. Liz Stucher said… January 16, 2014 12:28 pm

      So pretty, love the colors and the textured ones you made. nice touch

    3. leslie said… January 16, 2014 12:27 pm

      I love chunky necklaces, would never think to make one though. great idea liz

    4. Diana said… January 16, 2014 10:31 am

      I want to make this necklace this weekend! Any clue as to what those hardware pieces were called specifically? (or in what section?)

      • Liz Stanley said… January 16, 2014 10:50 am

        I would go ask for the drawers with all the bolts and show them a picture of these? I honestly don’t remember, I should have written it down- sorry!

        • Diana said… January 16, 2014 1:15 pm

          Will do, thanks! :)

    5. Rebecca said… January 16, 2014 10:13 am

      OMG love it!!!! Wish I were going to Alt

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