How to Make a Pendant Necklace

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.

Pendant 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

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

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

Step 16

Add the pendant to the chain.

How to Make a Pendant Necklace
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.

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