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How to make Princess Tutu's necklace


You will need:

Polymer clay

Gold acrylic paint
Polymer clay varnish
Scalpel or sharp kitchen knife

A piece of thin brass or tough card (for the pendant backing)
A scrap of thin white cloth or net (material for net curtains is perfect)
A piece of flat transparent plastic (I used the stuff you get small electrical items or toys sealed in)

A plain gold-coloured band necklace (I found the one in the photo for 2 in a costume jewellery shop - it's not really the right shape though)
A large gold-coloured jumpring

Step 1

This is one where you need a really good look at the design first, so you know exactly what you're trying to make. The necklace isn't hard to make but you've got to be precise with the pattern. Since I'm a helpful soul, here are a couple of pics which might help you: [ One ] [ Two ]

And it's really helpful to have a paper template, ideally printable so you can cut out different pieces to use as stencils. Here's mine, with some different sizes because you'll need to experiment until you get a printout exactly the right size for your neck.

If you look you'll see that the pendant has three basic components.

At the back there's a kind of crescent shape in a coral or salmon pink colour with a gold outline.

On top of that there is a translucent set of 'wings'.

On top of that there is a gold filigree design with three pink 'gems' set into it.

We're going to make the components in that order.

Step 2

Start with your backing. I used a piece of thin brass because I could bake the clay on it without damaging it. Cut it into the shape of the oval and cut out the inside of the crescent. MAKE SURE that there is still a strip of backing material over the top, forming a complete oval! If you just cut out a crescent there won't be anything to hang the pendant from.

Make a hole in this strip at the top of the pendant - this is where you're going to hang the pendant from. I had to drill a hole since I was using metal as a backing. Make a matching hole at the centre front of the necklace band (keep it low down if the band is thick like the one I used)

Step 3

Now, using gold metallic clay, roll a thin cylinder and make the 'outline' of the oval. Don't forget to outline the inside of the crescent as well as the outside of the oval. Press it onto the backing and bake it like that. (If, after baking, you find it doesn't stay on securely, add a dab of superglue).

Mix up the right shade of coral-pink clay and press it onto the oval inside the gold outline. Bake again.

I would recommend that at this point you paint the gold bits over with metallic gold paint (always looks better than just using gold clay), and when this is dry, varnish the whole lot so it sparkles.

You should now have completed the first layer of the pendant.

Step 4

The wings! Take a piece of net large enough to cut the wings out of, and an equally large piece of plastic. Glue the net onto the plastic with a very thin layer of superglue, and allow to dry. (this can be quite hard to do without the net going a bit blotchy, but experiment until you like what you get)

Now the net has a hard transparent plastic backing, you'll find it's a lot easier to work with. Use a pencil to draw the wings shape onto it and cut it out. Use superglue to glue the wings onto the pendant - just glue it straight onto the oval.

Step 5

Now for the fiddly bit! Roll out some very thin cylinders of gold clay and form them into the filigree design (don't worry about the pink gems just yet). I recommend making them on a paper template so they're perfectly symmetrical. Bake them carefully (they'll be very fragile until you glue them onto a backing!)

Step 6

Once they're baked, paint them gold and varnish. Now take some of your pink clay and make the 'gems'. Try to keep them smooth and avoid fingerprints so they'll look more jewel-like. Press them gently onto the filigree design so they'll fit neatly when they're baked, then take them off and bake them (don't re-bake the filigree design once you've painted or varnished it).

Once the gems are baked, glue them onto the filigree design and varnish them so they're shiny.

Step 7

The last step for the pendant is to glue the filigree-and-gem design onto the wings and oval backing. You can glue it straight onto the wings bit with no trouble. Where the top gem meets the oval at the top, use a knife or scalpel to cut a little upside-down 'v' shape in the clay so that the point of the top gem fits neatly into the top of the pendant. Glue it on.

The whole thing should be pretty tough now, because each layer is reinforcing the strength of the others. Open your large jumpring, put it through the holes in both necklace and pendant, then close it. The pendant should swing freely from the ring so that it sits naturally on your neck.

And that's it! Check out what I produced (I wish I'd found a better necklace but I do like the pendant).

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