Polymer clay necklaces are bang on trend and you can easily make your own to match your outfit or mood. They also make really brilliant gifts. In this tutorial you'll learn how to make an ombre disc necklace and a colourful bead necklace. Read on for the how-to.
1. Make an Ombre Disc Necklace
Lay a piece of baking paper on your work surface.
You'll need green (or any colour of your choice) and white polymer clay.
Cut a few pieces measuring roughly 12mm (half inch) square from both colours.
Keep one piece of each colour intact, and cut the remaining pieces in to increasing increments, as demonstrated in the photo below. For example, bead number two will be made from three-quarters green plus one quarter white, bead number three will be made from two-thirds green and one third white. Bead four is half and half.
Blend the colours for each bead together by rolling them together in your hands. Keep rolling and blending until the two colours are completely and seamlessly mixed.
Cut each ball in half. Make sure they are all close to the same size.
Flatten each piece of polymer clay by placing it between two sheets of baking paper and pressing down with your finger or rolling a flat-side glass over it. Flatten it until the disc is about 2mm to 3mm (less than one eighth of an inch) thick, and even.
Poke the flat end of the skewer through the centre of each disc.
Place the baking paper and discs on a baking tray and bake according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Measure a length of twine on yourself to find the correct length for your necklace. Thread the discs onto the twine and tie the end together.
Wear and enjoy your necklace.
2. Make a Vibrant Bead Necklace
Choose a range of colours. It's fun to try mixing different colours so you have a lot of different coloured beads to combine and to play with.
Choose your first colour and roll it out into a sausage. The width of your sausage will be roughly the width of your finished beads, so roll accordingly. Mine is about 12mm (half an inch) wide.
Cut the sausage into roughly equal sections.
Roll each section into a ball.
Carefully poke the pointed end of the skewer through the centre of each ball, taking care not to squish them.
Make beads from each colour you've chosen and place them on a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray.
Bake in the oven according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Experiment with different combinations of colours.
Measure a length of twine or leather thong on yourself to find the correct length for your necklace. Thread the beads onto the twine and tie the ends together.
Try using different number of beads - odd numbers will look best - and different lengths of twine.
You can wear your necklace on its own, or wear a few layered together.
Experiment with different shapes, colours and sizes. If you buy polymer clay in primary colours (red, yellow and blue), plus black and white, you can mix any colour. When mixing colours, start by combining very small pieces so you can get the proportions and colour right without wasting your polymer clay. Once you're happy with a colour you'll have an idea of the proportions needed to make it and you can use larger quantities.
Have you made polymer clay bead necklaces before? Which style do you think you'll try first - ombre discs or colourful beads? Let us know in the comments below.