I have been noticing this design trend of faceted objects lately, from art to home decor to wearable accessories, and I’m loving it! Facets seem to lend a modern architectural look to just about anything, and I am really drawn to these crystalline shapes. Naturally, I set out to make my own interpretation, and settled on this funky beaded statement necklace.
I made the beads from polymer clay, then hand-cut the facets. It turned out to be a simple and inexpensive way to experiment with this trend, and I have to say I found the process pretty therapeutic. If you’re drawn to these gem-like forms also, and like quirky jewelry like I do, I highly recommend giving it a try!
You don’t need a lot of supplies, just round up:
– some polymer clay
– leather cord or chain
– rub-n-buff or silver paint
– a paper clip
– an xacto knife or razor blade
I also covered my workspace with a piece of wax paper to protect the surface of my table.
Start by rolling out 5 small balls of clay, with your largest one in the center, then two matching pairs, getting a bit smaller each time. It looks like we are about to make Wilma Flinstone’s signature necklace at this point, but just wait, it will get cooler.
Using the palm of your hand, roll each sphere into a cylindrical shape, applying a bit more pressure on one end, so that you’re making something like a carrot.
With the paperclip, make a hole at the narrower end of each bead, making sure as you go that it’s large enough for your leather cord to fit through.
Place the beads on a cookie sheet, and bake in a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Once cool to the touch, use the blade to cut facets all around the surface of each bead. Work lengthwise and away from yourself, making shallow slices. Keep cutting facets until no rounded edges remain.
At this point you can bake your beads a few minutes longer if they are not completely cured. You should not be able to press into them with your fingers.
I added a silver tip to each of my beads using some scotch tape and silver Rub-n-Buff. Acrylic craft paint, spray paint, or even nail polish would work well also.
String them up and tie a knot in the cord so that its just long enough to slip on and off over your head. If you’re using chain, add a clasp.
This was a fun experiment and a great a addition to my growing collection of statement necklaces! I think it has sort of a “modern-tribal” vibe. What do you think?