How to Make a Pendant Necklace

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A pendant necklace can be worn alone or layered with other necklaces. You can make your own pendant using materials such as oven-bake clay and basic molding techniques. The custom-made pendant can be used in a simple necklace.

(Image: Kirsten Nunez)

Things You'll Need

  • Metal cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Wooden rolling pin
  • Pencil
  • Oven-bake polymer clay (3-5 colors, 1/2 inch wide balls)
  • Craft knife
  • Toothpick
  • Chain
  • Jewelry pliers 
  • 10-12mm jump rings (2)
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
Select clay in a variety of colors.
Select clay in a variety of colors. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Tip

  • Before starting this project, knead and roll each ball of clay to soften it. This prevents the clay from crumbling while you work.

Step 1

Flatten each ball of clay into an oval using the wooden rolling pin. Each oval should be as thick as a quarter.

Flatten each ball of clay one at a time.
Flatten each ball of clay one at a time. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Step 2

Using the craft knife, cut across each oval.

Cut each oval in half.
Cut each oval in half. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Step 3

Stack the half oval shapes on top of each other, making sure the straight edges meet. The order of colors is entirely up to you.

The sequence of colors will determine the final pattern of the pendant.
The sequence of colors will determine the final pattern of the pendant. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Step 4

Flatten the stack of clay pieces with the wooden rolling pin. Apply pressure until the overall thickness is half of the original thickness.

Place the clay in the fridge for 5 minutes.

Chilling the clay makes it less sticky when you cut it.
Chilling the clay makes it less sticky when you cut it. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Tip

  • Heat your oven according to the directions on the clay's packaging. Temperature and time requirements may differ by brand. Most oven-bake polymer clay must be baked 275 degrees F for 15 minutes for every 1/4 inch.

Step 5

Using the pencil, draw a rectangle or square in the center of the stacked clay.

The pencil marks serve as a guide for cutting.
The pencil marks serve as a guide for cutting. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Step 6

Using the craft knife, cut out the shape.

Slowly cut away the clay surrounding the shape.
Slowly cut away the clay surrounding the shape. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Warning

  • Use caution while slicing through clay with a craft knife. The best safety measure is to cut slowly.

Step 7

Cut lengthwise down the middle of the clay shape.

Cutting down the middle further exposes the colorful layers.
Cutting down the middle further exposes the colorful layers. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Step 8

Position each piece sideways, exposing the stacked layers.

Turn each piece of clay on its side.
Turn each piece of clay on its side. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Step 9

Push the two pieces together, applying pressure with your fingers.

Join the clay with your fingers.
Join the clay with your fingers. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Step 10

Using the wooden rolling pin, flatten the clay. Continue flattening until the thickness is 1/4 of the original thickness.

Apply even pressure when using a rolling pin.
Apply even pressure when using a rolling pin. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Step 11

Slice the clay into your desired shape. This design features two joined diamond shapes for a Southwestern, earthy vibe.

Be cautious while working with a craft knife.
Be cautious while working with a craft knife. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Tip

  • Cut small pieces at first, slowly working your way to your final shape.

Step 12

Using the toothpick, pierce a hole at the top of the clay piece.

Bake the clay in the oven for 15-20 minutes or according to the package's directions.

Toothpicks create clean, small holes in clay.
Toothpicks create clean, small holes in clay. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Warning

  • Let the clay cool completely before proceeding.

Step 13

Using the jewelry pliers, open a jump ring.

Open a jump ring by bending the ends away from each other.
Open a jump ring by bending the ends away from each other. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Step 14

Add the jump ring to the pendant. Close the jump ring with the jewelry pliers.

To close a jump ring, bend the ends towards each other.
To close a jump ring, bend the ends towards each other. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Step 15

Using the cutting portion of the jewelry pliers, cut a long strand of chain. The length depends on the desired length of the finished necklace. This design measured 26 inches long.

Use cutting pliers to size a strand of chain.
Use cutting pliers to size a strand of chain. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Step 16

Add the pendant to the chain.

Your design options are limited only by your imagination.
Your design options are limited only by your imagination. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)

Step 17

Finish the necklace by connecting the ends of the chain with the second jump ring.

Attach both ends of the chain to the jump ring.
Attach both ends of the chain to the jump ring. (Image: How to Make a Pendant Necklace)
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