Blog: DIY Marbled Clay Necklace Tutorial – Front & Company
Marble prints and patterns have been going strong in the fashion world for the past few years, applied to anything and everything from clothes to accessories to homewares. Here’s a fun, crafty tutorial to add some flair to your late spring/early summer wardrobe. All you need is…
Fimo, the most popular brand of polymer clay, is a versatile and accessible modelling material used in all sorts of projects, from intricately patterned jewelry to lifelike dollhouse food. It comes in a wide array of colours and textures–even glittery and glow-in-the-dark variations, if you’re in a particularly ’90s mood! You can purchase Fimo at art supply stores like DeSerres and Michaels, and each 56g package costs under $4. And it could not be more simple to use: all you have to do is shape it and bake it.
- Fimo polymer clay in assorted colours
- parchment paper
- wooden skewer
- assorted beads (optional)
- cord or string (not pictured)
- other jewelry-making items such as necklace clasps, jewelry wire, needle, etc. (optional; not pictured)
Before you start, tape a piece of parchment paper to your work surface. Fimo has the tendency to pick up any and all fibres, lint, dust, and hairs (ick!), so it’s best to work on a clean piece of parchment.
To create a realistic marble look, it’s best to use Fimo that’s warmer than room temperature, i.e. soft. It’s easy to warm up the clay by working it with your hands, but Fimo also comes in Fimo Soft which is much easier to work with than the Classic kind.
1. Cut or pinch off pieces of Fimo in varying sizes. For a veined marble effect, mix a very small piece of black clay with some light grey, twisting and folding to create the desired look. Smoosh (technical term) the various pieces of Fimo together into one large ball.
2. Roll the ball on the parchment until the clay pieces start to meld together. Shape it into a flattened round as shown. You can add “texture” by cutting off tiny pieces of a contrasting colour and dotting it onto the clay. These will be incorporated when rolled and give the piece a more stone-like appearance.
3. & 4.Take another pieces of parchment and place it over the clay ball. Flatten it with a knife or other utensil until it’s about 1/4″ thick and as smooth and even as possible. Fix the edges if necessary to even out the shape.
5. Cut in half to create two semi-circles.
6. Poke holes with a wooden skewer, one at each top corner. Alternately, you can make holes through the centre, depending on the thickness and style of bead you’re making.
7. Carefully place pieces on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 230F – 260F for no longer than 20-30 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan. The beads will become completely solid when cooled.
8. String beads onto desired cord or chain. To make a necklace with the semi-circle pendant shown above, fix two wire jump rings through the holes in the clay, and thread your necklace cord through the wire loops.
A) Quartz Stone effect: Cut cubes of Fimo and add them to a different colour. Press together, but don’t fold or twist as you would for a marbled effect. Cut and smooth edges to reveal the contrasting colours.
B) Abstract Pattern effect: Roll out a small piece of plain or marbled clay into a snake. Cut off tiny pieces and press them onto another ball of clay. Roll on your work surface to blend and smooth the pieces into the surface of the ball.
This tutorial is for beginners and beyond, so once you get the hang of it, let your creativity run wild!
Tutorial and photos by Melanie Kwan. (2015)