DIY Fairy Necklace Supplies
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- White Polymer Clay
- Brown Polymer Clay
- Black Polymer Clay
- Olive Green or Green Polymer Clay
- Gray Granite Polymer Clay
- Blue or Turquoise Polymer Clay
- Flat Unpolished Rocks (take a nature walk or check Etsy)
- Eye Pins
- Cord Necklace (There is a nice video review on these cords in the customer feedback section)
- Leaves (from your yard, silly)
- Liquid Sculpey
- Coffee (optional) (just kidding, coffee has nothing to do with anything except it tastes good)
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Sandpaper (any medium to fine grit will do)
- Varathane (I prefer Matte, but any sheen will work. You can also find it at your local Menards)
- Clay Machine (optional)
- Wooden Sculpting Tools (if you will be sculpting a face you will definitely need sculpting tools)
- X-acto Knife (another basic sculpting tool)
- Ball Stylus Sculpting Tools (optional)
- Toothpicks (optional…though, if you don’t have sculpting tools, you will need toothpicks)
- Jewelry Tool Kit (this is just to bend the eye pin, so you could probably get away without any jewelry tools)
- Paint Brush
DIY Fairy Necklace Instructions
1. Mix the Polymer Clays
Go on a nature walk and find a stone you like. Or, if you aren’t a fan of fresh air, Etsy has a great selection of crafting stones. Study your stone to pick your polymer clay colors. I found a gray stone from the woods so I went with white, brown, black, olive green, and gray granite. Mix them together until you get a marbled look.
2. Sculpt the Fairy Head
Pause and play the video as needed while you are sculpting. It’s also very helpful to look up references online. Be careful to sculpt what you see in the reference, and not what you think you see, and remember to consciously take enjoyment in the process. I will be creating a slowed down, step by step, video series on sculpting the head. I invite you to sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to know when that becomes available.
3. Add the Lichen
Find some lichen as a reference, either from your back yard or find images online. Use blue and green clay and mix them together, adding white as needed. I used more of a turquoise blue and an olive green, which seemed to be just perfect together to make that fabulous lichen color. Make tiny balls and poke them onto the fairy head with a toothpick or a pointy modeling tool.
4. Make the Back & Secure the Fairy to the Stone
Roll out some of your clay and wrap it around your stone. I found it was best to wrap it around natural indentations on the stone, if possible. If your stone is round, without any indentations, you may want to make two rolls of clay and wrap them around the stone like a ribbon on a present.
5. Add the Eye Pin
I like to make a little bend at the end of the pin before sliding it into the clay to ensure that it won’t eventually slip out. After you slide it into the clay just push the clay down on it a little, (as seen in the video). Make sure your eye pin will fit your necklace chain.
6. Make the Leaves
Find leaves from the great outdoors with distinct veins. Make a thin leaf shape out of clay. Press the leaf onto the clay for awesome realistic texture. Secure the leaves onto the fairy (or on the strips of clay) with Liquid Sculpey. Keep in mind you don’t have to sculpt a face. You could also make beautiful polymer clay jewelry designs with just the leaves.
Bake according to your clay’s instructions. Check out my tips about how to bake polymer clay if you’re just beginning your polymer clay adventures.
8. Paint it Black
Once your creation is cool, you can just go nuts and smother it with black acrylic paint. Put on disco music and have some fun with this. Your kids will think you’ve totally lost it.
9. Wipe Off the Paint
Use a paper napkin or two and wipe off the wet black paint immediately after fully covering it. It will stay in the crevices and produce an instant aged look. So pretty.
10. Sand It
Once the paint has fully dried you can sand it with medium to light grit sandpaper. Be careful not to over sand (do people say ‘over sand’?… you get what I mean though).
11. Varnish if You Want To
This is optional, but if you are going to be handling your fairy necklace a lot you may want to add a varnish. Be careful, don’t use just any varnish. Varathane is a tried and true option, so it is highly recommended among polymer clayists. I like the matte finish, but that’s just me. Do your thing.