Monday, October 24, 2011

WWW - D.I.Y Necklace Inspired by Proenza Schouler . .

Note: an oven and baking tray are required to complete this project.

-Sculpey Polymer Clay ($14)
-Rolling Pin (or cylinder jar/glass)
-Loew-Cornell Wood Carving Knives ($8)
-Parchment Paper
-13 6mm Jump Rings ($3/100 rings)
-Fine Sandpaper 150 Grit ($3 for 5 9x11' sheets)
-1/4 inch White Grosgrain Ribbon ($.49/yard)

1. Slice and roll out 9 pieces of clay. Each piece should be rolled out so that it is approximately 1/4 inch thick.

2. Once rolled out, draw each pendant pattern onto parchment paper to create a stencil for each shape. (Note: if you consider yourself an expert artist, you can skip this step and carve each pendant free hand)

3. Place the stencil on top of clay and use a carving knife to trace around your drawing and gently pierce through the paper, cutting the entire shape out of clay.

4. After each piece is cut out, carefully transfer them to a non-stick baking tray, placing the pieces in the shape of the completed necklace. (PS: Be sure to place the pendants very close to one another in order for the jump rings to be able to connect.)

5. Use a chopstick to carve detail ridges into the pendants. Press gently into the clay and make soft, curvy lines.

6. Using a toothpick, poke holes into pendants where you want them to connect. Make sure that all the holes line up perfectly before baking and that they are big enough for the jump rings to fit through.

7. Bake in the oven at 275 degrees for 15-20 minutes and let cool for an hour. (Note: bake time may vary depending on oven.)

8. Once the pendants are cool, use a piece of lightweight sandpaper to smooth the outside edges and achieve a clean, soft look on the surface.

9. Using the pliers, connect each pendant with jump rings. 10. To finish the necklace, cut ribbon to desired length and loop through the end/final jump rings. To secure the ribbon around each jump ring, glue or knot it (depending on the look you want to achieve).

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