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Easy Polymer Clay Jewelry

It's amazing how simple it was to make these unique pieces of jewelry using polymer clay.  Polymer clay is very easy to work with, as it is malleable and dries in your own home oven.  It is so satisfying to be able to produce something so beautiful, without needing a kiln!  

All of what you will need for this project can be found in any arts and crafts store.     
1. Sculpey Clay in multiple colors
2. Sculpey Gloss
3. Necklace String
4. Necklace Clasps of your choice
5. Toothpick

I still had some of this clay left from previous project, so my two daughters and I just sat down and started making small shapes and objects for jewelry without any pre-planned ideas.  Between the three of us, we easily turned out a ton of beautiful items.  Some of my favorite came out of mashing up the different color clays together, which created a marbleized effect. 

To make the hole for the necklace string to go through, I used a toothpick.  When you are making the clay shape, either poke a hole straight through it, or have extra clay at the top to wrap over the toothpick.  Be sure to make the hole big enough for the necklace string of your choice to go through it. 

After you have made your shapes, place them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven at 275 degrees F for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch.  You can easily lengthen the time when baking with this product, but do not raise the temperature.  Keep the kitchen ventilated when baking, as the clay will release an odor.  

Once out of the oven, allow the pieces to cool.  You may then gloss them with this polymer clay gloss.   Be careful to only gloss one side and let it dry before flipping it over to the other side.  If you allow the gloss to touch the newspaper, it will stick to the shape and is nearly impossible to remove.  

The gloss takes as little as 30 minutes to dry.  I gave these pieces just one coat on each side.  You may apply multiple coats if you wish.  

The jewelry strings and hardware are available at any arts and crafts store.  I purchased a simple bamboo string and eyehole clasp.  However, there are many choices you can pick from on the market, including hypoallergenic products!  

Very easy, right?!  I hope you enjoy making pieces unique to yourselves.  It doesn't take long and they can be great as gifts as well.  Happy jewelry making!  

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