My girls have been hard at work preparing for our local fairs. One craft that they worked hard on were these clay bead necklaces. Their hard work paid off! They both received purple ribbons at one fair and blue at the other! More importantly they had a great time making them!
This activity was fun for me also! It is also a very good fine more activity and math patterning activity in case you want to sneak in some school un-noticed! Plus, as an added bonus, you can use them as oil diffuser necklaces!
What you need:
Small Cookie Cutter
Wooden stick or end of a paint brush
Lacing or jewelry cord (We used this…Hemptique Hemp Cord Card, 20-Pound, Party)
Oven Baking Clay in desired colors (We used this one…Polyform Sculpey Bake Shop Clay Variety Pack, 14-Ounce)
First, work on your medallion by pressing out a small lump of clay and cutting with cookie cutter. We then cut out another from a complementary color and place in the center. Using the end of a paint brush or stick carve in a design or initial.
Next, work on your beads. Roll a “snake” of clay and use a plastic butter knife to cut it into even sections.
Roll each section into a pea sized bead.
Using the end of a paint brush or stick, poke a whole through the center of the bead for lacing.
Bake beads and medallion on a sheet tray in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes. Allow to completely cool. Then lace onto cording. Tie cording securely at the ends.