Published on December 24th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Quick Gift – Polymer Clay Feather Necklace
I am often looking for a last-minute gift.
The kids or hubster neglect to tell me they need something, and I scramble to get it.
Or, perhaps a gift for a special friend was forgotten – not that I’d ever do that. lol
Hey! Even if you totally decide to create this polymer clay feather necklace for a lovely lady in your life because it’s such a great gift. That’s fabulous too!
They are easy to create, especially for kids to craft and make something beautiful to give as a gift.
Can you see gifting this to a favorite aunt, or family member?
They are so light and airy, it’s hard to remember they are even there!
Let me show you the basics.
First, you need some clay. I have used both Fimo and Sculpey clays. Both are great.
I happened to buy large multi-packs last year of Sculpey that were inexpensive with a 40% off coupon.
I am using Sculpey here.
I mixed a little green, a little blue, a little yellow and white all together to make my teal color.
Then, I used plastic to cover my work space. You can use parchment paper, or I use the cover sheet from my Cricut Mats.
I rolled the ball and kneaded it to condition it to make it soft.
I shaped the clay into a tear drop like shape.
I used a round pencil as a rolling pin. And flatten the dough into a thick feather like shape.
I got out some tools to work with the clay. I used a quilling tool, a razor knife, a round pencil and a needle.
You could use pencils, needles, toothpicks, empty pens, ends of brushes and many other objects around the house to work the clay.
I used the flattened end of the quilling tool to drag lines into the clay to look like a feather.
Remember that with feathers, the lines angle down from the center point.
You can also draw lines into the feather to create another feather look, and cut little wedges from the sides of the feathers.
Once you are done with shaping the dough, place it on a little sheet of aluminum foil and bake in an oven at 270 degrees for 15 minutes.
Now that they are baked and cooled, we can work them into a necklace.
You can use the most basic of jewelry supplies.
I suggest chain, jump rings, and a clasp. You’ll need two pair of needle nose pliers to open the jump rings as well.
To open a jump ring, find the part in the ring, then place a pair of pliers on either side of the opening, and twist to the side.
To close it, twist the two parts back together.
I added additional parts to my necklaces. The most basic could be a jump ring on the feather, then threaded onto chain and closed with a clasp.
I ended up creating a couple different necklaces.
My minions have been both wearing this teal mint color.
This coral color has become one of their favorite colors, and on this necklace, I added a dangling piece with light coral beads too.
Hot pink is pretty popular around here, with two teen girls. This light and long necklace will be well loved and worn.
I love the black chain with the bright feathers. Eye catching!