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How to Make a Stunning Faux Horn Pendant

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What You'll Be Creating

Bring out your wanderlust side with this ethically-created horn pendant necklace. Made from clay, you can create a delicate and subtle piece, or a bold statement necklace. Either way, the result will be stunning. The choice is yours! This project will take between three and 15 hours to complete, depending on your choice of clay and drying times


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  • Polymer clay or air-dry clay
  • Gold enamel paint
  • Eye-pin
  • Jump ring
  • Chain
  • Cotton bud
  • Flat-nose pliers
  • Cutting pliers
  • Nail varnish remover

1. Shape the Horn

Step 1

Warm up your clay and roll it out onto a hard surface. Taper the clay at one end to create a cone shape.

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Step 2

Once you have a smooth cone, curve the tapered end to create the horn shape.

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2. Create the Bail

Step 1

Take your eye-pin and cut the wire with pliers until it is about 2.5cm (1in) in length (from the loop). Some eye-pins are smaller and won't require this step.

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As you can see in the image below, the eye-pin will now easily fit into the main body of the horn and is long enough to stay secure once the clay has dried.

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Step 2

Push the eye-pin into the top of the horn, keeping it central and making sure it doesn't poke out at any point. If you're using air-dry clay, leave for 12 hours or until hardened. If you're using polymer clay, heat according to the instructions provided with the product.

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3. Make it Gold

Step 1

Mix your enamel paint well and dip the top of the horn (eye-pin end) around 1cm into the paint. Wait for this coat to dry and dip again.

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Step 2

Clean off any excess paint with a cotton bud and nail varnish remover.

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Step 3

Once fully dry, attach your pendant to a necklace with a jump ring.

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Wear Your Stunning New Pendant Necklace

In this tutorial, I showed you how to create a faux horn by shaping clay and setting it onto an imitation gold bail. Adding the gold-dipped horn to a necklace creates a gorgeous piece of jewellery that will bring any outfit bang up-to-date.

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If you love making your own jewellery, be sure to check out all of the tutorials on Tuts+. Tell us: have you tried using enamel paint with polymer clay or air-dry clay before? We'd love to hear from you!

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