My daughter had a winter wonderland themed 10th birthday party recently ... or a "brrr"thday as we called it. While I hope to eventually share her party here on the blog, I wanted to stop and share the necklaces we made now because I thought they could be useful for last-minute DIY gifts for the holidays.
We used Sculpey oven bake clay. The girls picked from an assortment colors and broke off half of one of the scored bricks...
Next condition the clay and roll it into a ball.
Then flatten into a disk. I found an easy way for the girls to get theirs even by pressing down on the ball with a paper cup. The rim on the bottom of the cup was very short, so the edges stopped the pressure evenly. This wouldn't work with any paper cup. These particular cups I happened to have had a very shallow rim. I assume this varies by cup brand. You can just flatten with anything you can find around that won't stain.
Stamp your design into your clay disk. Be sure to leave room for a hole for hanging. We used toothpicks to widen a hole for hanging. Be sure the hole goes all the way through. After baking, we noticed a couple of the girls had holes that didn't reach the back. Luckily I had my handy craft drill, which you could opt to use after baking instead of the toothpick method.
We used a snowflake from the Winter Wishes stamp set by Fiskars. This is the set that has the "warm winter wishes" stamp I've been using constantly.
Bake according to manufacturer's instructions and allow to cool. Paint inside snowflake with white acrylic paint and wipe away excess with a paper towel. Use a large jump ring to attach to a necklace to complete.
These were inspired by my clay jewelry dishes I created a while back which can be viewed here. I've become quite addicted to making things with oven bake clay ... it's just so easy =).