Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Condition the block of Gold clay on the #1 setting of the clay conditioning machine, divide it in half.
Make a template for the necklace using a piece of card stock. Cut the center section approximately 1 1/4" high x 2 1/4" at the top edge, then 3 1/4" along the bottom edge. I used a round plastic lid as a ruler to make the curves.
Select a texture sheet with an all-over medium-small pattern. Dust it with cornstarch as a release agent.
Take one half of the conditioned Gold clay and lay it on the texture sheet, run it though on the #1 setting of the clay conditioning machine.
Use the other section of clay for the back side of the necklace. Use a bumpy/pebbled texture sheet for this side, running it through on the #3 setting.
Now that you have completed the front and back sections, use the Liquid Sculpey to adhere them together. Use your finger to spread the liquid to the edges. This adds flexibility and strength to the completed necklace.
Make 12 holes for the grommets using the plastic coffee stirrer.
Add a few drops of Liquid Sculpey around the holes, then place the grommets in.
Take a sheet of card stock and cut one of the long sides into a semi-circle. Pinch the opposite side in the middle and tape it. This will make a gently curved surface to bake the necklace pieces on. Bake as directed on clay package.
Paint the necklace sections, making sure to get the paint in all the deep crevices. Wipe off any excess with a microfiber cloth.
Apply Gold Leaf pen to raised areas to add highlights.
Add the jump rings and connect the 3 sections, add chain and closure.
Maybe you're new to polymer clay or have made a few pieces and are looking for some creative inspiration. Either way, Sculpey® can help guide you in the right direction. We'll walk you through the right workspace setup, the tools you'll need and many more polymer clay crafting tips to get you started.
Polymer Clay Tools and Equipment
Whether you want to try your hand at a new polymer clay necklace or have a unique pendant in mind, we recommend stocking up on the following materials:
- - An acrylic roller: Acrylic rollers are crucial for preparing your clay before starting on your necklace or other jewelry design.
- - Polymer clay: While the particular clay brand you use will depend on your project goals, experience level and other factors, we suggest Sculpey Soufflé™ for this polymer clay roof tile necklace.
- - Clay cutters or the Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades: The clay blade set from Sculpey® is a must-have tool for creating any oven-bake clay project. The set includes three different blade types — a long, rigid blade, a flexible blade and a wave blade for decorative cuts. Using clay cutters and blades will allow you to cut your clay without dragging or squashing it.
- - Sculpey Tools™ Clay Tool Starter Set: Equipped with a needle end pointer, blunt point and polymer clay knife tool, this starter set will help you perfect your designs with ease.
- - Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine: You will need to condition your clay before baking, and a clay conditioning machine will help make the crafting process more manageable and enjoyable.
- - Sculpey Tools™ Oven-Safe Work Mat: The Oven-Safe Work Mat from Sculpey® is reusable, oven safe and will protect your work surface.
Polymer Clay Tips and Tricks
It's important to consider the following tips and tricks before starting any polymer clay project:
- - Prepare your hands: Always wash your hands before working with clay or when switching between colors — we recommend baby wipes!
- - Condition your clay: Conditioning or activating your clay is essential before starting any project. By using the Sculpey Tools™ Clay Conditioning Machine, you will remove small bubbles that may have formed in the clay.
- - Ensure your oven is heated to the correct temperature: Investing in an oven thermometer will help you ensure your oven is at the proper temperature for baking. Visit our FAQ page for specific baking times and temperatures — you can also find these instructions on the back of any clay package.
- - Avoid nail varnish when sealing your clay: Avoid sealing your finished pieces with nail varnish as this may cause the clay to become sticky. Specific varnishes made for use on polymer clay will produce beautiful, glossy finishes.
For more crafting ideas and creative inspiration, check out the following how-to guides and featured necklaces on our projects page:
Make Your Own Polymer Clay Roof Tile Necklace Today
Sculpey® is proud to offer the best polymer clay on the market in a wide range of beautiful color palettes. Order Sculpey Soufflé™ and make your own Sculpey Soufflé™ Roof Tile Necklace today!