The temperature has dropped a smidge – have you noticed? I already smell fall in the air! I’m thinking of fall outfits, layering, fall colors and accessories. All of that thinking lead me to make this fall mixed media DIY chunky necklace that features stone beads, clay connectors, layers and fall colors. This is an intermediate jewelry tutorial; I know you can do it with a bit of patience!
I recommend making this DIY chunky necklace over a few days or a week. Make a few pieces at a time because there is a lot of dry time involved. It’s nice not to pressure yourself to make it quickly because a little time and reflection can you lead you to the aha! moment about your design.
- White Air Dry Clay
- Clay Press
- Acrylic Paint in Fall Colors (I used brown, green tinted with some of the brown, and tan)
- Utility Knife (tiny cookie/clay cutters)
- Jump Rings
- Necklace Chain
- Beads (I used Golden Agate and Autumn Jasper)
Step 1. Pinch off a chunk of clay the size of your palm and roll it around a bit.
Step 3. This is a crucial step. This particular brand of air dry clay is sticky and difficult to work with right out of the bag. I highly recommend rolling the clay out and then leaving it to dry a bit – maybe 1 to 2 hours. It is much easier to work with after it has dried a bit. (If you are using a different brand, this tip may not apply.)
Step 8. The real key to making this DIY chunky necklace look good is to disperse beads amongst the clay pieces. Place several beads on a headpin; do this multiple times. I made some sets with Golden Agate and others with Autumn Jasper.
Step 9. The best part, in my opinion! Start playing around by attaching beaded headpins to the clay shapes. When needed, use jump rings to attach shapes to other shapes. Lay them out in various formats until you find a pattern you like. I made three strands so my necklace would be multi-stranded.
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Katie is the creative mind behind lemonjitters.com, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.