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March 8, 2014

gold arrow necklace




Hello all!

I used to be a silver-wearing kinda gal, but now it seems like gold is all the rage. Not a problem! I'm on board the gold-trend-train, especially on the DIY cheap. This necklace was super easy to make, & I'm already thinking of making more in all kinds of shapes & colors! 

You'll need a few things:




  • Gold chain
  • Polymer clay (any color you have, it'll be painted over)
  • Paintable gold leaf, gold acrylic paint, or gold spray paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pliers/wire cutters
  • X-acto knife
  • Gold jump rings (or gold wire)
  • A needle
  • Pattern for pendant shape (any shape you want!)





Start by rolling your polymer clay flat, about 1/8th of an inch thick.




Lay your pattern on the clay, then cut around the pattern. Don't touch the clay too much - every time you touch it you'll leave a mark.

Now's the time to preheat your oven to 275 degrees!




Poke two holes towards the top of your clay pendant. Make sure the holes are large enough to feed your jump rings through.

Bake your pendant on a piece of aluminum foil on a pan for 10 minutes. 




While your pendant is baking, measure your chain. If your necklace will be hanging closer to your neck, you'll need to attach a clasp. Mine is hanging around my ribcage, so there's no need for a clasp since it's so long. Yay for laziness long necklaces! Snip your chain to size. 




Open up your jump rings!

Once your 10 minutes of baking is up, take your pendant out of the oven & let it cool (a few minutes). 




Painting time! Gold leaf if pretty pungent, so I painted mine outside. It'll take an hour or two to dry.




When your pendant is dry, feed the open jump rings through your two holes. Attach the ends of the chain through the rings, then gently close the jump rings with your pliers.




Blingin'.




Who's looking trendy now? YOU ARE!

xoxo
- m.e.


Related // DIY Gold Earrings


5 comments:

  1. Looks good! I love making jewelry with polymer clay. Thanks for the idea! :)

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  2. lovely!! really think i'm doing this (or try heheh!)
    xoxo
    Irene from www.one-o.it

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  3. Terrific and economical diy for a bridal party! Nice idea, thank you for sharing! http://www.withthiskissitheewed.com

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