Hi! Jen Matott here. As an art teacher, I'm asked many times to offer ideas for classroom teachers for Mother's Day projects. I decided to try this fun necklace as one of the ideas I offered up. I've seen it done with paper and you could totally do it with many different materials, but for today's post, I made this one with large paperclips, Sculpey Ultra Light oven dry clay, and Design Memory Craft products. It's pretty easy for older kids to do without much guidance. Little ones would need help, but it would be charming. Any Mom would love this necklace!
I got a package of brass colored large paperclips at Staples and used around 19 of them and hooking them together.
Next, I conditioned some clay (I used the Sculpey Ultra Light clay that is baked in the oven)... that is you work it with your fingers to soften it before using it. I put it on my non-stick craft mat and used a playdoh roller (tee hee... I swiped it from my 3 year old's play set) so that it was about 1/8th of an inch thick. I cut it into 1 1/2"x 1" pieces.
I used the Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Black to ink up one of the little stamps in the Gelatos® sets and stamped them into the clay. I stamped off some of the ink before stamping the clay. It make it a little more grungy. IF you like the more opaque black, skip this step! I stamped both sides of the bead.
You have to let it cool... remember there is metal in each bead! HOT! Allow to cool for at least 10 mins. Now the fun begins! I used Gelatos® to create washes to color the beads. Using my craft mat, I scribbled some color on the mat and spritzed some water on it to wet. They are water-soluable and mix beautifully!
I used a heat gun to speed dry it a bit and gave it a second coat of color for more intensity. After they were dry, I used the Textural Accents Glaze to coat each one for a slightly glossy and protective seal.
Jen Matott A self-proclaimed Mom, Wife, Artist, Scrapper and Teacher, Jennifer has a funky & trendy style. She also serves on the design teams for Nikki Sivils, Scrap Mojo and XOXO Girls.