Heart Toggle Pendants-Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial Part 2

Hi there, Sandy here. Welcome to another polymer clay jewelry video
at In part 1 of this two part series, I showed
you how to make polymer clay toggles that are actually focal points in pendants for
necklaces. Today I’m going to show you how to take your
toggle and toggle bar and turn them into a necklace. So here’s the toggle that I showed you how
to make last week and obviously it’s not going to go around the back of the neck as just
a basic clasp. This is a focal point. It’s just a fun way of using findings in a
different way. And here’s the other one that I showed you
that is all completed into a necklace. It’s really rather fun with just some beads
and beaded chain and the toggle has dangles hanging off of it and it uses a combination
of your jewelry making techniques. So I’m sure you can imagine the first thing
I did was went through all my beads and chose the colors that I wanted to go with it. Now for this one, I went with these rose quartz
beads and then also bright silver and some sparkle to go with the little rhinestones
that are in the flower centers. So I went with bright silver here, but for
this one, the first thing I chose were these crystals, which are kind of a smokey color,
but they have the purple in them and then I decided from there to kind of focus on grays. So I have some gun metal type spacers, some
gun metal hearts which I thought were really cute. Some brighter silver hearts, but they’re not
too bright and then just a few leopard skin jasper beads. I also pulled out some purple Swarovskis. I just had a whole bunch of kind of odds and
ends of Swarovskis in purple. Then I pulled out these fuchsia beads because
there is the fuchsia in the little flowers that we put on the toggle and I thought they
might be pretty. What was interesting is I have these in 6mm
and 4mm and the 6mm were just way too much, too strong, but look what happens when I just
sprinkle some of the 4mm in there. They just look really pretty. They add some pops of color and really tie
it all in together. So what I want to have is somewhere around
16″ of beads and that’s where one of these bead design boards is fantastic because I
can look at it and get some pretty good approximate measurements. Now what I want to do is actually mix all
these up. I also chose some chain, but we’ll use that
in a minute. You’ll find these little plastic scoops in
the jewelry section of your craft store. I should do a Friday Findings video on them
because although they seem very basic, they come in a set of three, they are wonderful. It was a stocking stuffer my husband gave
me a couple years ago and I use them all the time. They’re just really useful. So what I’m going to do is take all of these
beads and I’m going to put them on one of these little velour beading mats. This is my method for mixing up beads. I could sometimes be really, I don’t know,
just a little too concerned about mixing things up and getting them spaced just right. So I try to do it so it comes out a little
more random. I’m going to fold this velour piece in half
and just send all these beads out into one channel
of my bead design board. Now this might not work to completely randomize
them because some are heavier than others so you may end up with more on one end, but
I found it helps. Like I said, if you’re too much of a control
freak when it comes to randomizing things, you might find it helps to do it this way. Okay, I’m really loving these little pops
of fuchsia and the Swarovski sparkle. I think that’s great. This is looking somewhere around 20″ of beads. So then I’m going to go and cut myself a nice
long piece of bead stringing wire. If this is 20″, I’m going to cut this about
30″ because this will actually be two pieces of bead stringing wire. I’m going to add a bead stopper to one end
and then just string all of these onto my wire. So I’ve strung all my beads on. I really love the look of this, the gray with
the pinks and the lavendar and the fuchsia. Very happy with that. Now it’s time to make a hole in your pendant
and you can see I did that on this one. What I used to go through that hole is this. It’s actually a very fine coil of very fine
wire. It’s called french wire and I’ve done a Friday
Findings video on it and you buy it like this, just in a length and it’s a coil you can use
to cover bead stringing wire and it helps protect it and it’s just a really nice finish. So I’m just going to take a little 1/8″ drill
bit. This goes into a chuck of a power drill, but
you can drill polymer clay very easily by hand and I’m going to start by deciding where
I want my hole and I want it kind of centered on this lobe which is a little close to this
flower. Make sure you don’t have it too close to the
edge or you might blow that out. So I’m going to have it about here. It’s always a good idea to start it with an
awl. You don’t have to press real hard, but just
make a little point to start and that will keep your drill bit in place and then I put
my drill bit in there and just drill out that hole. Like I said, polymer clay drills really easily
by hand and I like to go back through the other side and sometimes kind of move it back
and forth while you’re twirling it just to clean out the hole. And I’ve got my french wire here. This is a coil of wire so if you pull on it
or yank on it you’ll distort it and stretch it out. Just like a little itty bitty Slinky. So do be careful with it. So I’ve got the long end of my string of beads
here and the first thing I need to do is put on a crimp. Next I’m just going to go ahead and slide
this through the hole to figure out how much I need. This protects not only your wire, but it protects
your polymer clay and keeps your wire from eventually cutting through the clay someday
and it keeps your wire from being abraded as it goes back and forth. In this case though, I think the clay would
probably be the thing to lose. This french wire as I mentioned in the Friday
Findings video comes in different diameters. This one is .9mm so it’s just right. So if you have different sized drill bits
and different sized holes you may have to coordinate that. Now I’m just going to put the wire back through
the crimp. It may take a little bit of fiddling and finagling. What you eventually want is a nice tear drop
of your french wire looped through the hole of your polymer clay piece. I won’t torture you with making you watch
me fumble. There we go! And now I’m going to use my One Step Crimper
to crimp that crimp. You can leave a little bit of room for a crimp
cover. This is probably one of the more fiddle-y
parts of the whole operation as you can tell and I’m kind of a fumble fingers. Make sure you give it a tug! You don’t want to go losing your pendant and
your whole string of beads here so always give it a tug. That’s looking nice and secure. Trim off that extra end of short wire and
I have some kind of cool gun metal corrugated crimp covers here and I don’t use crimping
pliers for the crimping. I love my One Step Crimper for that, but I
do use crimping pliers to pick up the crimp cover because it holds it perfect without
making things difficult. Just slide that over your squashed crimp and
press it gently and now I’m going to slide down half of my beads and slide the other
half down to the bead bug that’s here and then the remaining wire I’ll just cut in about
half. Definitely had plenty of extra and put a bead
clamp. I’m going to put a clamp on this end cause
I drop these things and I spent all that time stringing it. I don’t want to have to do it again. So we’ll set that aside for the other side
and here’s the chain I’ve chosen to go around the back. And then this you can put through some more
of your french wire. Always a crimp first and then because this
is just going around a bit of chain, I don’t have to measure it like I did here because
it was a really thick piece and I wasn’t sure how much I needed. I’m going to cut off about 3/16″. Somewhere around 6mm-7mm if you’re not doing
measurements, but the more sensible millimeters I think. There’s that. That goes through one end link of your chain
and just like on the other side, it goes back through the crimp. Pull it up and fiddle with it until you have
a nice tear drop of your french wire. Leave a little room for a crimp cover, crimp
it and add your crimp cover. So there’s that side I’ve strung on. And now we’re going to make the dangles that
come off our toggle and one thing I forgot to mention is that you should set aside some
of your beads that you think will work nicely for the toggle. On this one I used these little pressed glass
hearts and some of the other sparkle silver in the chain. I actually forgot to set some aside and ended
up having to restring this, pull some off and restring them. And you just want some head pins and whatever
other beads you want to make dangles. So we’ll do some of these crystals and I’ve
got a few of these small beads. So just string yourself three little dangles. They don’t have to be particularly long, 1/2″
or 1″ at the most because we’re going to put them on chain to make them really dangly. So you can see I’ve strung my dangles and
now I’m going to use the One Step Looper to make them into dangles, but you can also use
round nose pliers and wire cutters to make loops. If you want to learn more about this awesome
tool, the One Step Looper, which just, you can see how fast this is, it just makes this
process really fast. You really ought to know how to make a good
loop, simple loop with round nose pliers and wire cutters, but this is great when you have
a lot to do. It just speeds up the process. And I have some chain for my dangles and you’ve
seen me use this trick before where I’m not going to cut the chain off of the long length. I’m going to leave it long. Use chain nose pliers to open up that loop
I just made and pop on the end link of my chain and then make sure to close up that
loop nice and securely. And it’s up to you how long you make your
dangles. I’ll make them a few inches, just like this
one. Maybe 3″ at the longest. Whatever looks good and looks right in proportion
to your pendant. So I’ll just kind of look at that and say,
“Okay, that one’s going to be about that long.” Grab my pliers and I could have twisted open
that link, but I didn’t feel like messing with it. Repeat for all of your dangles and you can
have one, you can have three, you can have 12. It’s up to you. Three is a nice number though. And here I’m ready to finish up the third
one and you notice I just kind of positioned them down here on my work space and try to
get them all slightly different lengths. I think it just makes it look a lot more interesting. Just grab that with my pliers and chomp it
somewhere. Real precise. Okay, now we have our dangles made and the
next thing is to make a hole in the toggle bar. Easily done again with the drill bit. Start with the awl, the center is good, and
make a hole. We’re almost ready to string on our toggle
bar, but there’s a few things I figured out along the way that we need to do first. I’ll show you on this one. See that my toggle bar has several small beads
right after the toggle and that’s so that when I put it through the pendant and then
it hangs, that’s what’s going around the back and it’s a much more neater finish. You can see I finished with just one of those
beads peeking out. It lays nice and flat and even. If I were to have some of these beads, it
would just be kind of lumpy. So what you want to do is you’ve got your
beads that are going to go around one side of the necklace. You want to just string on probably 5-6 smallish
beads, 2-3mm. So once you get all the small beads on, go
ahead and come through the back side of your toggle and then just hold onto that. Or put a bead clamp on if you don’t trust
yourself to hold it securely, which sometimes I don’t. And just test it. And maybe I’ll take one of those off. So five seems to be just about right, these
little beads. Now I’m going to put on a crimp and the end
links of the chain of all of my dangles. Now that bead stringing wire goes back through
the crimp. If you want to here, you could use a wire
protector although it may not fit through the links of chain. I chose a bead stringing wire whose color
I don’t mind seeing a little bit of here and that’s probably the easiest way to do it. So then just go ahead and use your One Step
Crimper or crimping tool. Flatten that crimp. Always test. It’s just so much easier to fix it now than
if it falls apart while you’re wearing it or if you’re making it to sell and it falls
apart on a customer. Not good. So always just test it and a nice little crimp
cover gives it a great finish. And there’s that end. And now you just finish this end the same
way with a crimp, a little bit of french wire or a wire protector. Then you can check it out, test it out and
see how long you want it to be. Add a clasp at some point in here. Just break up the chain and add a clasp and
your necklace is done. Made with your own very unique polymer clay
toggle pendant. And yes, it has two closures. A clasp in the back and the toggle in the
front. Only because the toggle in the front to me
is just decorative and interesting, but I do like to make my pieces adjustable so they’re
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