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How To Make A Personalized Clay Pendant ~ Quick And Easy!

Updated on February 13, 2012

Handmade and heartfelt

There's nothing quite like a handmade gift. The person receiving the gift should feel special because they were thought of so fondly. Anyone can just go buy a gift, but to make something for someone takes time and some thought.

I was looking through my craft closet today, and found some clay that I hadn't thought about in years! I knew instantly what I wanted to make, a pendant with the letter 'L' on it. My name is Lisa, so I'm making it for myself! I should feel so special!

Below is a tutorial for the personalized clay pendant I made today! These are very easy to make and would be wonderful gifts for Valentine's Day, Christmas, Mother's Day, or birthdays. Of course, if you want to make someone feel super-special, make one for absolutely no reason at all! A "just because it's Monday" gift! Have fun!


Here's what you'll need:

  • Clay(I used Sculpey)
  • Letter stamps(I didn't have any, so I used a bit of potato carved with my initial)
  • Eye pins
  • Paint and/or markers
  • Sealant(I used Mod Podge)
  • Ribbon or chain

Clay before and after.
Clay before and after. | Source
Potato stamp. Make sure you carve the letter backwards so it will be facing the right way when you stamp!
Potato stamp. Make sure you carve the letter backwards so it will be facing the right way when you stamp! | Source
Out of the oven and ready to paint!
Out of the oven and ready to paint! | Source

Let's Get Started!


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Take a piece of clay, size doesn't matter, and form it into a ball. Rolling clay between your palms is the best way to get a uniform ball.
  3. Put ball of clay on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper and push down with thumb or index finger.
  4. Stamp letter into clay making sure not to go too far.
  5. Next insert eye hook at top.
  6. Put in oven for about 15 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  8. Decorate with paint and markers.
  9. Seal with Mod Podge.
  10. String with ribbon or put a jump ring on the eye hook and use with a chain.
  11. Where pendant out on the town and get compliments!

Finished product!



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    • EclecticFusion profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Tennessee

      talfonso, thank you for the tip! That's a great idea! :)

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      6 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      I've been making polymer clay pendants for weeks (I'm slightly new to the craft.) and this Hub gives me an idea. Here's a tip to make your pendant less sticky when wearing it. Brush a top coat (2 is best) of Rust-Oleum Varathane Crystal Clear in Gloss (water based because the oil based versions deteriorate the clay). This will protect the piece and make it shinier.

    • EclecticFusion profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tennessee

      viking, I hope you have fun with your nephew making these! Thanks for the votes and for sharing!

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      L M Reid 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      That looks like fun. I could do this with my nephew, he loves any kind of crafts. Making a few personalized clay pendants will keep us occupied for a while. Great photos and easy to follow guide

      Thanks for SHARING Up and useful

    • EclecticFusion profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tennessee

      Will do, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      For those of us who are crafts-challenged simple is always better. :) And let's go with Bill...billy is just the web name I have gone with for years but never answer to.

    • EclecticFusion profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tennessee

      Billy, thanks! I'm glad you understood my directions. I tend to go back and forth with my descriptions. Sometimes I think I'm not giving enough information and other times I just ramble on. Like now!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Where were you when I was teaching school and needed a quick arts project? Nice, easy explanation; so easy even I understood it.

    • EclecticFusion profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Tennessee

      craftdrawer, very easy and fun!

      Thanks for the comment!

    • craftdrawer profile image


      7 years ago

      What a quick and easy craft idea!!!


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