Like the look of large chunky jewelry but hate the weight? Create your own chunky jewelry with Sculpey beads that are deceptively light! The Secret? An inner core of Sculpey Ultralight clay.
Chunky Sculpey Necklace
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Pearl Ex powders (used here: Spring Green, Bright Copper)
Dark grey or black craft paint
Texture stamp or piece of very rough sandpaper
18-gauge copper wire
Jewelry wire cutters
Round nose pliers
8-10" each of antique bronze and antique copper chain (used here: Bead Landing chains)
Idea-ology Trinket Pin in Antique Copper for clasp
Dremel drill with small drill bit
Create your inner core balls from the Ultralight clay. I have one ball about 1 inch in diameter and 6 that are about ¾ inch diameter and 2 smaller ½ diameter balls. NOTE: If you have kids that want to help, this is a GREAT project for them. My teen boys will come out to visit with me and roll these balls. I just bake them up and keep them for later projects!) Bake the beads according to the clay package directions.
Roll out 1/3 of the package of Sculpey III Copper clay on the widest setting on the Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine; repeat several times until the clay is smooth and pliant. Set the machine down to about 5 and roll the clay back through to create a paper-thin sheet of clay. Tear small pieces of this sheet and collage them onto a BAKED Ultralight ball.
After the beads have baked and cooled, it's time to antique them! Paint the surface of the bead with your craft paint, and then quickly wipe the surface with a wet paper towel to remove the paint from the upper surfaces. This will really bring out the clay colors, textures and Pearl Ex highlights. Set aside to dry.
Cut a 3-inch piece of wire and stick one end of the wire through the center of one of the coils. Thread the wire through the bead and through the center of the other coil of clay. Tighten the coils if you need to by twisting in opposite directions. Set the bead aside and repeat steps 8 and 9 for all the beads. Bake the beads again according to the clay package directions. (15 minutes again, since we are baking only the extruded clay this time!)
Create a medium-large loop in one end of the wire and trim the other side of the wire to about ½ inch from the bead on the other side of the wire. Grasp the end of the wire with your needle nose pliers and roll towards you to create a medium-large loop that should be fairly snug against the bead. Repeat for all the beads.