DIY Statement Necklace

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Lacuna Loft loves a good DIY project…especially one that also helps you feel gorgeous and put together!  When we saw this DIY for Marble Jade Earrings and Pendant by A Beautiful Mess, we knew we had to make a version of our own!  Here are directions to a DIY statement necklace with a marbled color charm 🙂

Here’s what you will need:

  • 2 different colors of polymer clay
  • long eyelets
  • necklace chain or embroidery floss
  • polymer safe gloss finish
  • oven + baking sheet

I took two lovely shades of clay, warmed them each up in my hands, and gently rolled them together until the colors were blended like I wanted.  The tutorial from A Beautiful Mess focuses on creating a beautiful jade color but I mixed a pale pink and turquoise 🙂  I repeated this process 5 times to create 5 small “beads” (I put that in quotation marks because there has to be some sort of size limit to calling something a bead and I am sure that I’ve surpassed whatever that limit might be haha).  In each “bead” I stuck a long eyelet.

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The clay came with directions for baking.  I ended up baking the largest “bead” (the one I’ll put in the middle of the statement necklace) for 1.5 hours and the smaller ones for an hour.  I suggest reading the instructions, baking as instructed, and then checking each “bead” when it comes out of the oven.  I had to put mine back in a few times because they hadn’t completely hardened yet.

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After letting the beads cool (this could take a little while), I coated each bead with this glossy glaze to give them each a glossy finish.  I used a different glaze than the tutorial this post was inspired from…mainly because I couldn’t find the one she used.  You can use any kind of polymer safe gloss finish.  When they dried, I strung them in the order I liked best onto a length of embroidery floss (I just couldn’t find a chain that I liked!) and voila!

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I really love the finished product.  This DIY statement necklace is really nice to dress up a pair of jeans or add some great color to a darker outfit.  What do you think?  🙂