Silver and Gold Polymer Necklace
Make a unique piece of jewelry using your own custom made beads!
Designed by Hilary Stephens courtesy of ETI.
- EasyMold Silicone Putty 1/2 pound kit
- Pretty button or other original object
- Polymer clay- 1 package any brand and color
- EasyCast Casting Epoxy 8oz. kit
- Pearl Ex powdered pigment
- Aztec Gold
- Small Paintbrushes
- Mixing cups and stir sticks
- Drinking straw
- Craft heat gun (optional)
- Waxed paper
- Sandpaper- 50 or 80 grit
- Craft drill
- Black necklace cord 28" length to string through chain noted below
- Chain 13" length
- Chain nose pliers
Select a pretty button or other object to use to make a mold.
Family button boxes can be good resource for a nice shape to make a mold from.
Use a spoon to scoop out equal parts of the two part silicone putty.
Each putty ball should be a bit larger than half the size of the button.
Blend the two parts together using just your fingertips until they form one color then roll the putty into a ball on the tabletop.
You'll only have about 3 minutes to work with the putty so move quickly.
Press the button into the putty ball making sure the silicone putty comes up along the sides of the button to form a basin for the clay.
Be careful not to press too deeply into the ball which might create a hole through the bottom of the mold.
Let the mold cure for a couple of hours with the button left inside the mold.
Condition the polymer clay by pinching and rolling it until warm and very pliable.
Make a small ball of clay, roll it smooth then press it into the mold taking care to press clay into the corners of the mold.
Trim excess clay from the top of the mold so that the clay just barely fills the mold.
Care taken when filling the mold can reduce sanding later.
Using fingertips, first gently pull the sides of the mold away from the clay inside.
Then turn the mold over, carefully flex the mold and the clay piece will drop out of the mold.
Set aside and make at least four more clay pieces.
Consider making an extra one or two pieces in case one doesn't turn out as well as you like or for matching earrings.
Trim excess clay from clay pieces. The ideal thickness for the polymer clay pieces is about 1/16th of an inch.
Lay out all the polymer pieces on a sheet of waxed paper.
Use fingertips or a small paintbrush to apply silver Pearl Ex to the front of the clay surface.
Then apply gold Pearl Ex to highlight desired areas and to create contrast.
Apply Pearl Ex color to the back of the pieces or plan to finish them later with a suitable color of acrylic paint.
Bake the clay according to manufacturers instructions.
Let the clay pieces cool. If needed, use rough sandpaper to sand away excess clay from the back of the polymer pieces.
Paint the back of the piece with acrylic paint because Pearl Ex won't adhere to the now baked clay.
Put the gloves on and protect work table with waxed paper.
Carefully measure two total ounces of the EasyCast epoxy and mix exactly according to the instructions included in the box.
Two ounces is more than is needed for this necklace.
We suggest making more than one project at a time so as to not waste epoxy.
If you can find one ounce mixing cups then less epoxy can be mixed.
Less than two ounces of epoxy is difficult to measure properly without using these cups!
Place the polymer pieces on a clean sheet of waxed paper then brush a small amount of epoxy on the top and sides of the clay pieces.
Use a craft heat gun or blow gently through a drinking straw to remove the bubbles that may be in the epoxy coating.
After 24 hours of drying, drill a hole for jump rings.
We used extra links from the chain to create jump rings for the polymer pieces.
Measure 12" of chain and attach desired number of polymer pieces to the chain.
Weave the necklace cord through the chain.
Use slide knots on each end to create an adjustable length necklace.Instructions and pictures about tying slide knots are easily found on the internet.
Singe or glue the ends of the cord to prevent unraveling.
Beautiful molded beads can be made from buttons, shells, beads, toys, and rocks. Let your imagination guide you!
Do not wear rubber gloves when making silicone mold.