If you like working with polymer clay you're going to absolutely love this way of making jewelry pendants! It’s a fun and easy project and you only need a few supplies! A quick trip to your local craft store should do the trick. What is Polymer Clay? Polymer is generally used for the purpose of craft making and has a similar feel to your typical molding clay, except it has hardening capabilities. Polymer clays were first formulated as a possible replacement for Bakelite in 1939. Since then, Polymer Clay has been used in figurine making, jewelry making and for many other unique crafting purposes. Ready to get started? Let's get to it then!
How To Make Polymer Clay Pendants
Here you'll learn the basics of working with Polymer Clay and how to make this colorful necklace! Check out all of our other awesome jewelry making projects after this one! We appreciate you stopping by and have fun!
- – Polymer clay any color you like.
- – Jewelry wire
- – Transparent nail polish
- – A baking container or baking paper
- – Pliers
- – Oven
The first thing to make is the wire shape, then you're going to fill it with the polymer clay. Cut a piece of wire and fold it in half, one side must remain longer than the other.
Using the pliers, make a loop on the shorter side.
Wrap the long wire side around the loop. You can make two or three turns around, then cut the extra wire length. Secure by tightening slightly with pliers (improve the shape by using pliers)!
Let’s have fun with Polymer Clay. Take a small bit of clay and knead to soften it, then extend it to the pendant dimension.
Put the wire shape on top of the polymer clay and softly squeeze it in.
With your fingers remove the extra clay.
Squeeze the edges of the pendant with your fingers.
Note: It’s important to have good adhesion between the clay and the wire shape.
Preheat your oven at a low temperature.
Place your pendant on a baking container or on baking paper, and put it in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
Take it off the oven and let cool it down. For a better finish, put a coat of transparent nail polish.
Slide it on your favorite chain and enjoy! Do as many pendants as you like and have fun combining them to match your “outfit of the day.”
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Oh, I love it with the wire rim! They are pretty!
Definitely not. Nail Polish and top coat both yellow with time, so it’s not a good option for coating polymer clay. Try Liquid Fimo Gel (bake it as per instructions, then blast it with a heat gun to make it transparent) or Magic Glos (cures under UV light or Sunlight only) or some spray gloss designed for acrylic paints.
Nail polish is the quickest way to ruin your beautiful new pendant, DON’T USE NAIL POLISH TO SEAL! The solvent in nail polish will begin to soften and dissolve your polymer clay (even baked clay), just making it yellow, sticky and gooey over time. Instead use liquid clay (Fimo & Sculpey both make translucent liquid clays)or glazes made for polymer clay (they are available in a satin or shiny finish). Other than the nail polish, great DIY project with endless possibilities!
Kristy Good says
Super cute, and so many color options you could make!
Here’s an unsolicited tip: nail polish has a tendency to break down polymer clay over time (we’re talking months, so you won’t notice at first!) and can make it sticky. Some good alternatives are glazes made specifically for polymer clay and even Verathane floor polish (my personal fave). Or, just buff really well on your jeans or with a microfiber cloth to get a natural sheen.