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Sculpey Premo™ Chunky Necklace

Designed by Syndee Holt

Starting at $2.79

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.
Grouped product items
Product ImageProduct Name
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine
Sculpey Tools™ Clay Extruder
Sculpey Premo™ Copper 2 oz
Super Sculpey Ultralight™
Sculpey Premo™ Antique Gold 2 oz
  • Pearl Ex powders (used here: Spring Green, Bright Copper)
  • Dark grey or black craft paint
  • Small brush
  • 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 
  • Idea-ology Trinket Pin in Antique Copper for clasp
  • Dremel drill with small drill bit

Additional Resources

    Getting Started:
Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Oven-Safe Work Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.

Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.

Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per 1/4" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking; however please note that the baking times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.

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 1/2 inch diameter balls.  Bake the beads according to the clay package directions.

Roll out 1/3 of the package of 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.

Lightly texture the completely wrapped ball on your texture stamp or piece of rough sandpaper. The texture does NOT need to be deep!

Touch your finger inside the lid of the Spring Green Pearl Ex and lightly swipe some green highlights onto the bead. Repeat with the Copper Pearl Ex.

Repeat steps 2 through 4 for all your beads. Bake according to the clay package directions for about 15 minutes. (Remember: We are just baking the thin shell of clay on the outside!)

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.

Drill your beads with the drill tool, using a drill bit slightly larger than the wire you are using. NOTE: Ultralight clay is REALLY easy to drill through! You can even drill these beads by hand through the Ultralight.

The bead “cage” is created just like you are using wire to make them. Start with an extruded piece of Antique Gold clay about 10 inches long. Coil the two ends in opposite directions as shown. NOTE: Extruding clay is also a great project for kids to do for you!

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.

Link all the beads together with the largest bead in the center and the smaller beads on the ends. Attach both chains to one of the smaller beads, using the loop you created in the wire. Attach the other sides of the chains to the other small bead.

Open the chains at the center length and remove any excess lengths you don't need. Use the Trinket pin for your closure!