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How to Make Gorgeous Polymer Clay Charms and Pendants - Do It Yourself Jewelry Making

Updated on August 27, 2010
Polymer clay roses.
Polymer clay roses.

Making your own jewelry for either personal purposes or for sale is highly rewarding. Not only do you get a great sense of achievement but you have something precious that, when made well, will last forever. A recent trend is making your own polymer clay pendants that are simple, inexpensive and not to mention absolutely beautiful.

Polymer clay.
Polymer clay.

What You Will Need

- Polymer clay in assorted colours.

- Baking tray.

- Oven.

- Sewing needle.

How to Make Your Own Polymer Clay Pendants

1. Choose your design.

Of course, before you begin you will need to know what you would like to make. You can choose from anything that you can make! Your pendants can either be flat or 3-dimensional. The example I will use here is a flat, swirly lollipop.

2. Get your base.

To begin work on your lollipop you will need to mould 2 pieces out of your clay – a flat circle and a long stick. Once you have made these assemble them so they look like a lollipop. You can use whichever colour you like, such as white, blue or pink.

3. Add your detail.

What’s a swirly lollipop without swirls? Roll out a long thin piece that you can put on the base of your lollipop in a swirl. Once it’s on, squish it down so it’s flat and becomes one with the base of the lollipop, rather than sitting on top of it.

4. Think about how you want to attach it.

If your pendant is for a necklace or bracelet the best way to attach it would be via a jump ring. To do this you’ll need to poke a hole into the top of the lollipop using a sewing needle, or a toothpick if you prefer.

5. Bake it.

Lay your pendant on a baking tray and bake it according to the directions on the packet of your polymer clay. You may prefer to leave it to naturally dry on a counter or other flat surface overnight. Be sure that your pendants are fully dry before you proceed.

6. Seal it.

Using laquer or clear nail polish, coat your freshly-baked pendant one it’s cool in order to give it some extra strength and shine.

7. Attach it.

Put a plain silver jumpring through the hole you made in step 5 and close it using pliers.

And there you have a basic, handmade pendant! If you like you can use white or another basic colour and then paint the pendant once it’s baked and cooled. The options you have when making your own pendants is just about never-ending, so play around and have fun making gorgeous handmade charms and pendants.

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      Cindy 4 years ago

      how about if we don't have an oven? is there any alternative way i can do so that the polymer clay will dry?

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      joanne 5 years ago

      i like the article. is there a way for me to make one without an oven? also, where can i buy those polymer clay? thanks!

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      bonitalovesteofilo 5 years ago

      LOVE IT!!! thank you soo much!

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      Kitty Jhenzoone 6 years ago

      its so nice i want to have that products@@

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      alexandria 6 years ago

      Easy a rock could make those come up whith real art im

      only 9 years old ok dumys p.s im not kiding im 9 years old.

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      Lian Objero 6 years ago

      tnx for the basic cuteeee... i will try to make one..

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      cammy 6 years ago

      i make that kind but i put jewels as the cheese so cuteeeeee! :D

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      michhatazawa 7 years ago

      COOL!! now i know how to make one... i'll try to make some for all of my friends...thanks!

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      Jamie Brock 7 years ago from Texas

      Awesome! Love this.. great instructions too! Thank you for sharing :0)

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      YY 7 years ago

      Hi, nice info , mind visit my blog too thanks

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      xhoeyh 7 years ago's so cute....I LOVE IT!!! tnxx for the help...:))

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      This is awesome, and these look very pretty too. I would love to try this for a hobby. When I was a kid I made stuff in school before careers and money bit me. I want to get back to that again. I have everything except the polymer clay, but assume Art and Crafts stores can supply that. I know people who'd love other things that could be made using most of these materials - fridge magnets. I would need magnets, and would have to get them somewhere. Anyway, your hub has given me some great ideas, Tru. And many thanks for this. That is easily worth my being your fan. Cheers! :)

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      SUSIE DUZY 7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      I'm a craft fanatic, I really need to try this! Thanks for the step by step directions, hopefully I can get the results you do!

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      I LOVE this article! I love jewerly and I love handicrafts, so this is perfect for me. I wonder... can you put precious, or semi-precious stones into the designs before baking? I just have to try making some clay jewerly now! You have inspired me! Thanks a bunch!

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      EatLovePray 7 years ago from Canada

      Ahh! You make it look so easy! Nice article!