|Chunky Autumn Necklace Designed by Cindi McGee|
This chunky autumn necklace was a happy “accident”. I found a very old package of Makin’s Clay® Earth Tones in the back of my studio closet, which was way past the recommended “use by” date. When I opened the clay, the individual bricks inside were dry. I could have used the clay to make liquified clay, but I had another idea.
Makin’s Clay® - Earth Tones Multi-Pack
Makin’s Professional® Cutting Mat
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Gold Rush
Bronze chain, jump rings, jewelry wire, crimps, closure
To recreate this effect for yourself, simply open a multi-pack of your choice of Makin’s Clay® - Earth Tones, Vineyard Tones, Brights - any will work. Or, open a larger package of clay and cut it into individual rectangular “bricks”. Allow the clay to dry fully for 24 hours.
Take a sturdy pair of scissors, and carefully cut off slices of the dried clay. Even though the clay is dry, it can still be cut with scissors. My slices were between 1/8” and 1/4” in thickness. I loved the finished effect, with the irregular sides, dents, etc. in each individual slice.
Carefully push a tapestry needle through the center of each square of clay. Makin’s Clay® stays flexible even when dry, so you can still push the needle through after the clay has fully dried.
String the desired number of beads onto jewelry wire.
Make a loop at each end and add a crimp. Add jump rings and bronze chain with a closure.
To give your finished square beads a bit of lustre, use your fingertips to apply a very light touch of Gold Rush DecoArt Metallic Lustre to the surfaces of he beads to highlight some of the irregularities of the beads.