Articles

Polymer Clay Necklaces – A Million and One Design Ideas


Hi guys it’s Cindy Lietz your Polymer Clay
Tutor, and today’s Show and Tell, I’m going to show you a million and one polymer clay
necklaces. Now a little while ago, I did a million and one polymer clay earrings video,
and it was quite popular so I thought I would do the same thing again with the necklaces.
Now I didn’t include pendants, we’ll do that in another day. Otherwise, that would probably
be two million in one necklaces. So, now, the reason I wanted to show you this–this
is my collection of the stuff that I wear everyday and that I’ve made throughout the
years. I wanted to show you from your point of view all the different types of ideas and
things that you can do with polymer clay. Many of them are samples from the different
tutorials that I’ve done but also, if you’ve never been exposed to polymer clay, you may
not realize just how versatile it is and how many different cool styles that you can get
with it. And then of course this is just my own personal style, there’s lots of other
people’s styles as well. Alright, so I’m gonna just kinda show you what I’ve got here and
tell you a little bit about them and go through as many of them as I can. Alright, so here
I’ve got a necklace that I’ve got some hollow lentil beads on. These are double-sided beads,
one side I put a tutorial that I did on the reptile cane video and I used the cane that
was from that for that side and then the other side, I used a kind of a faux wood technique.
And then of course, I used some real chalk turquoise and I did a linked wire technique
there. Here’s an oldie that I’ve had around for a really long time but it’s kind of unusual
and I really like it. It’s got, it’s done with an inlay technique which I have a tutorial
on and I prebaked different types of polymer clay samples so the ones that looked like
faux turquoise and ones that had like a crackled finish on it and some that have this red stone.
I’m forgetting the name of the stone but I’ve got it embedded in some faux bone and it has
a real kind of first nation kind of look to it or aboriginal sort of look to it. This
necklace here and I’ve kinda clustered all the ones that have similar coloring together,
I realized when Iaid them out. This one here is a neat combination, it has a real abalone
shell piece here with a pink dyed shell piece on top. This side here is turquoise bone beads
or bone-shaped beads but this side here is a polymer clay curbed chain so this is all
polymer clay on this one side. I’m probably laying it down would be best. And it’s a curb
chain so it’s individual pieces. I have a tutorial for that but it has a real kind of
rustic, neat look and it has a neat balance between the real and the faux. Now this one
has a real layered look, it’s done with chain and a cluster of different beads coming out
of a bead cone, different strings of things. I’ve got this here is from a tutorial called
faux coral Heishi beads and I’ve made the beads themselves, it’s not real coral, it’s
faux coral with polymer clay. And then the rest is all seed beads, real bronze, and different
length glass beads and turquoise and that kind of thing or those that can be Magnesite
beads actually. This one is quite unusual, it is kind of a choker style necklace. It
kind of has a planetary sort of look, the pendant at the bottom looks a lot like a planet.
I made this absolutely years ago. The way I did the wiring on it looks a little like
the globe on a axis and then just the way I strung this together in kinda circles with
different chunks of stone chips and pearls. I used a SoftFlex wire for that and then some
handmade chain at the back part and a handmade hook so that’s kind of an unusual, neat one.
This one was done using wire crochet and chunks of amethyst, amethyst chips and then the–this
is two parts of polymer clay here. The first part is the polymer clay cone and you can
make polymer clay cones–bead cones out of polymer clay but in any kinda style or size
that you like so it’s really can make for pulling together a whole look. And then this
is from one of my tutorials. I believe I called this one faux enameling but it has a–it’s
used with a stencils, and chalk pastels, and liquid polymer clay and a bunch of neat techniques.
I think that one turned out really lovely. I wear this one a lot. This is from a tutorial
that hasn’t even aired yet. It is–I’ve filmed it but I just haven’t released it yet. It
is called faux purple Mohave turquoise and Mohave turquoise is a type of man-made turquoise
that is or they cluster together chunks of turquoise and make a block. I’ve made a faux
of a faux which is an interesting concept and then I also teach the copper bezel in
that tutorial as well. And then on the back side here, I have kind of groups of different
types of necklaces that I’ve made. I’ve done a lot of chain combined with polymer clay
combined with polymer clay. These ones, I guess I’m gonna have to go faster, there’s
so many but this one has a piece of faux Labradorite on it and some wire lace as part of the necklace.
This one here, is got a like a tulip bead on it and that’s from one of the tutorials
as well, most of these are, actually. It’s got some neat little dangles on the chain.
I really like mixing chain and polymer clay. I think it’s a nice yin yang kind of hard
surfaces and soft surfaces. This is one also is with the same parrot tulip cane but it’s
done in quite a different way and on the bead, it has a little bit of an Asian flare and
then I made this chain out of, it’s one of those chainmaille chains with a bunch of little
jumprings. Here’s a cute one. This is from the fairy door tutorial that I did, I did
most of my fairy doors a little bigger than this but I decided it’d be fun to do a tiny
little one to put on a necklace. It’s also got chain but this one has some gears, some
little jade or stone, leaves, and dangles and things. I wear that one quite a bit. It’s
quite whimsical and you’ll see that my style has–I definitely have a voice, not sure what
the voice is but there’s a voice there and you’ll, it’s in the–all the different pieces.
Here’s a big fat vintage trailer bead that’s from the happy camper cane tutorial and there’s
just a couple of little dangles at the top here that add a little bit to the necklace.
Here’s a real oldie but I really love this one. This is from the faux raku tutorial that
I did years and years ago and it’s the deep crackle raku and I made the chain as well.
It’s a hammered copper chain and I made that out of–and soldered it and stuff. That was
fun. Here’s a super old one, I’m not crazy about the style but I like, I keep it because
it was probably one of my first necklaces. Here is and I didn’t do the best job on the
mica shift but it’s there, you can see it. It is a little dragonfly in a mica shift technique
and then it’s just on some light chain. I think it’s not the design that I don’t like,
I think it’s just the quality of the chain and the beads. I think if I’d use a little
bit better quality beads, I would like the design better but it’s an old one. It’s where
you start. Alright, so here’s one from the owl charm, wise owl charm necklace tutorial.
I guess something named like that. And I showed you in that tutorial how to make this cute
little sassy owl, a little book bead and also how to stamp on some metal charms and to make
that fine thing there that you can swap out for different ones. These ones here are also
on chain but they’re much longer. There’s another version of the same owl tutorial but
it’s more rustic-looking in copper rather than silver. Here’s a few more here of the
happy camper cane done in just slightly different ways. Here’s one done on a ball chain with
the faux rust technique and then I layered some, a key and a few other things. You can
really layer polymer clay into a lot of cool different things. I want to show you this
but I don’t know if it will–here I’ll take this off. This is something that I really
like. Now, it’s a lariat style necklace so I’ve got a dangle at the bottom of this chain
that’s got a whole bunch of little flower beads from the lilac bead tutorial and then
I’ve got a single large loop at the top. And then what you can do is pull the loop, the
chain through the loop and then wear as a lariat necklace so that it hangs on your neck
wherever it’s gonna hang, whatever size neck you have and it has quite a neat look. It’s
kind of a balance between delicate and clunky or quite like that. There are a bunch of necklaces
here that are all kind of done on leather and real kind of earthy in style. Almost masculine
but not quite. It’s got, here’s one with a echinacea flower tutorial that I made in that
one on a leather cord. There’s the one that we made recently or I made recently using
some silk screens. I have a tutorial, a free tutorial on that one, on the silk screens
and then I strung this one on a multiple cords, linen cords. I just attached them at the top
with the finding things. This one here was done with some scrap clay. The scrap one I
pulled out of the pasta machine just happened to look really cool so I thought well why
not just leave it as it is and then I put, I riveted it and used a rivet and put like
a copper disc and a little tin disc, put it all together there in the corner and you can
kinda see the rivet at the back here. The camera may or may not pick up but I riveted
right through and then I hung that on a leather cord as well with a handmade clasp. I do have
tutorials on making the clasp like the wire cord ins and wired S clasps and stuff and
putting beads on them. That’s really a nice skill to have if you do it, making your own
jewelry, to be able to make your own findings as well. Aww this one, I love this one. This
one is a leather one but it’s got a little birdhouse bead from the tutorial on it and
I shaped little dangles to look like leaves. They are little copper headpins that I torched
then I hung a few of them in a row here. So this necklace, you can hang this hook at different
spots so if you want the dangle to hang way down like down your shirt, depending on what
type of shirt you’re wearing. Anyways, you can hang it at different lengths and wear
it different styles. Here’s a–this is from the Celtic heart tutorial and I’ll show you
how to make the Celtic heart as well as the faux wood veneer and then we do the veneer
over the Celtic heart so that the heart itself almost looks like it was carved straight from
one solid piece of wood which is a neat technique. It’s a lot easier for me to do that in polymer
clay than it would be for me to do that in a wood working ’cause my wood working skills
are minimal at best. Here’s a necklace I made for–it’s a man’s necklace and I’ve got kind
of a piece of the faux burlwood technique on there, some wire working. And another cord
with a nice, heavy, chunky, masculine-looking clasp at the top there. Here’s an oldie with
some–they almost look like balloons to me so I called it the circus necklace and it’s
got some neat little Skinner blend canes and this is from the mitered corner cane tutorial
and if you do it in these strange with the contrasting colors, it has quite a dramatic
effect. And then the scraps, I made into a little swirly lentil bead. And this is hanging
from kind of a balloon-shaped charm holder. These are entirely different. These are completely
light and airy looking. This one is done from the frosted bead or frosted petal or frosted
flower tutorial and it’s done with translucent clays and it has an inks and things it has
a very frosted, beautiful look. It’s done on SoftFlex wire with a magnetic clasp at
the top here and it’s just so light and airy. It’s really summery and this is the same sort
of concept just as far as the way it’s been strung but these are some beads that I did
with the, which one is this, the torn paper tutorial, sort of a water color look and it
has little bit of sparkle and stuff in there. What else? I’ve got a couple of longer necklaces
here. I know, this is a ton but if you, hopefully you’re getting lots of neat ideas here for
your own beads and your own style. Now here’s a necklace that I made. I did the links in
a rosary kind of style and these are from the holly and berry cane tutorial so I wear
this a lot around Christmas time. It has a real antique-y kind of look to it. I used
the cane in this sort of–oops, sorry–pendant medallion kind of thing at the bottom here
with some chain and then I also used the same canes on some of the smaller beads up here
on the side. And then scraps can always make some pretty great lentil beads so you might
as well throw them in there ’cause they match so nicely so I did that and it has kind of
a real Christmas-y kind of thing to it. There’s a huge pile piling up. Alright, here’s another
one done strung similarly and even with the tassel at the bottom so it’s similar but this
is done with the Easter lily cane tutorial and this little cane is really neat, you could,
you can make it well you make the cane, it’s about that big but when you reduce it down,
you can reduce it down to different sizes and the beads have quite a different look
so you can see here I’ve got like one size of the lily here then I’ve reduced it down
smaller to this size here and even smaller to this one and this little one looks like
a floral fabric or something. It’s so tiny. And what else do I got. I’ve got a couple
of really long ones here, these are lanyards and things. They kinda fit in the necklace
category. These are lanyards, I use–I haven’t been to the Y for a while. I walk with my
girlfriend now around the neighborhood. When I went to the Y, I put my Y pass on the bottom
of it but it has some pirate beads on it from the pirate cane tutorial and I like the sassy-ness
of this. From far away, you’re not sure what it is ’cause it kinda looks–it doesn’t look
like little bones but if you move closer, you’ll realize they’re bones. I would say
that this necklace is kind of in the same sort of feel because of the nautical kind
of thing there. It’s got the larger anchor cane from the anchor cane tutorial. It’s got
a bunch of charms and things at the bottom all sea-related and I wear this necklace an
absolute ton specially with my striped kinda t shirts in the summer time. This is from
the same sort of collection only I’ve used some rope instead and I found an anchor finding
that was–I had all these little spots on, it’s like a dangle things from it which is
kinda cool. This one here is just the–probably my first lanyard so it’s a little hokey and
the quality isn’t that great and the–even the techniques that I did isn’t that great
but I keep it for sentimental reasons. Just because you start something–like I said,
you start somewhere and I can see my improvement over the years. Lastly, I just have a couple
of little clusters. I won’t go too much into this but these are more kinda like Bohemian
style necklaces with–done on fabric, little polymer clay charms. There’s one with a little
starfish on there. This one has a Daisy and this one has like a little faux stoneware
type charm on it. And these ones here are all ones with some Kumihimo cord on it. I
learned how to do Kumihimo a while ago and I taught that one in a tutorial. It’s fun
to do. Kumihimo and this one has a Celtic knot on it. That’s a little bit more detailed.
It has kind of a stone look to it. Here’s a super fine kumihimo cord with just a bezel
filled with a polymer clay and stamped. And then lastly, here’s another kumihimo cord
done with some fuzzy yarn so it’s all kinda fuzzy. It’s got a Renunculus flower from the
Renunculus tutorial and then it’s got a little bit of chain and another little Renunculus
flower with it, has a dangle on that end. So that one kinda combines all bunch of different
things. The cording, the polymer clay, the wire work, and chain. So I hope you enjoyed
that. There’s so many things you can make with polymer clay, honestly. I don’t know
if that’s anywhere near a million but I know it took me a long time to show you–all to
you and I hope you were inspired by that and gave you some ideas on what you can do with
your polymer clay. Also, check out some of the tutorials, I’ll try to leave links. If
there’s one in particular that you are dying to have a link to, I will–If you put that
in the comment section, I’ll get back to you and if you have any suggestions for future
videos, leave those in the comments section below as well and don’t forget to like this
video if you liked it and to share it and subscribe and all those fun things. Alright
so we’ll see you next time and bye for now!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *