DIY Clay Bead Necklace

Time: 1 hour
Materials: premo clay, bead making tools, wax paper, leather cord, oven

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!I’m always amazed that when I make something out of clay that it doesn’t fall apart. Call me skeptical, but it seems like it should be harder to work with than it is. I’ve been wanting to learn to make my own beads for a while (because hello, endless jewelry projects), so I finally took the plunge and picked up some Premo Clay to start experimenting with!

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Before you begin, preheat your oven according to the instructions on the back of your clay.DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Cut of a chunk of clay and mend in your hands. When soft, roll out on wax paper (this will help keep your clay clean). Once you have the amount of clay you want, shape by rolling in between your two palms like you’re making a ball.

There are a variety of ways to make your own beads. I really liked playing around with creating new shapes and sizes without any real guide. For those of you looking to create a more symmetrical piece, the bead kit does comes with a circle punch that helps you measure out the same amount of clay per bead. Just be sure to repeat the same technique when shaping.

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Once you have your desired bead shape, you’ll need to pierce it to create your hole. Poke through on one side until barely making it through, then repeat on the other side, starting where the existing hole is. Set on baking pan when done.

*Tip: Wash your hands in between each color to avoid the colors mixing in with one another.

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!Bake in the oven according to clay instructions. Let cool then string on leather cord to wear! DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!If you have any tips or tricks for making your own beads, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!

DIY Clay Bead Necklace-- click through for full tutorial!

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DIY Copper + Leather Necklace

Time: 10 minutes
Materials: 1/8″ round copper tube, leather cord, scissors, mini tube cutter

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Spring is officially here, which means it’s time for another Quarterly Collab post! In case you missed our last project, the QC is a group of bloggers from around the world who love to create and make. Each season of the year we work on a project with a common theme and share all the steps to 7 beautiful, unique DIYS you can do at home too. If you haven’t guessed it already, for our second post, we made jewelry!

DIY Copper + Leather Necklace | The Crafted Life

There’s always something about warmer weather that makes me want to freshen up everything in my home and wardrobe. Rather than spend a lot of money on new pieces, I decided to make something out of items I found at a hardware store.

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It may look scary, but cutting your tube takes minimal effort!

Place your tube in the cutter and line up with the wheel. Where the wheel comes in contact with your tube is where the cut will be made. Tighten the nob until the wheel touches the tube, but be sure not to secure too tightly or you’ll end up bending it. Rotate the tube with your fingers while keeping the cutter stable. When the cutter seems loose, tighten the nob again and keep turning. Repeat this process, you may have to tighten 5-10 times, until the tube breaks.

DIY Copper + Leather Necklace | The Crafted Life
Keep cutting your tube until you’ve made enough pieces. I made all of my pieces different lengths to give it more of a geometric shape when wearing. Play around with the arrangement and have fun!

DIY Copper + Leather Necklace | The Crafted Life
Slip your pieces onto the leather cord, knot, then start wearing. This necklace instantly became my new favorite. There’s always something special about wearing something you made, don’t you think?!

DIY Copper + Leather Necklace | The Crafted Life

To see the other six projects (trust me, you’re going to want to make EVERYTHING!), visit quarterlycollab.com.

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DIY Clay Heart Earrings

Time: 1 hour
Materials
oven-bake clayclay rollershaped cuttergold spray paintE-6000 glueearring studsbaking sheetwax paper

DIY Clay Heart Earrings

As much as I love earrings, I somehow ALWAYS lose them. Since it’s a pretty nasty (and expensive) habit, I’m attempting to make more of my own. Using oven-bake clay is not only cost efficient, but also easy and fun! And with several cutter shapes and paint options to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

DIY Clay Heart Earrings | The Crafted Life

Cut of a chunk of clay from your block and start mending in your hands. Try to remove all lumps and air bubbles by rolling it back in forth between your fingers.

DIY Clay Heart Earrings

Next, roll out your clay on wax paper, making sure it’s even all the way through. If the clay is uneven, your earrings will be too.

DIY Clay Heart Earrings

Just like you would with cookie dough, punch out your shape then transfer onto a baking sheet. Don’t transfer with the wax paper because it will burn when you bake it.

DIY Clay Heart Earrings

Bake in the oven at 275° for 15 minutes. Let cool, then paint. Once the paint is dry, apply the earring backs with E-6000 glue and let dry fully overnight. Earrings will be wearable in the morning!

DIY Clay Heart Earrings

DIY Clay Heart Earrings

Pyramid Stud Earrings

TIme: 45 minutes
Materials: pyramid studs, e-6000 glue, tape, Folk Art multi-surface paint, Handmade Charlotte stencils, kraft paper box, paint brushDIY Pyramid Stud Earrings | The Crafted Life

Attention fellow crafters, your messy box of paints is about to get a facelift. I recently came across Folk Art Multi Surface Paint and it’s a complete game changer. Not only can you use it on just about any surface, but it’s also it’s dishwasher safe and machine washable. That’s right, no more juggling between paints when crafting on different surfaces. Pair it with the new Handmade Charlotte Stencils (both available at Michaels), and you have yourself endless possibilities.

DIY Pyramid Stud Earrings | The Crafted Life

DIY Pyramid Stud Earrings | The Crafted Life

If you want your studs to be more than one color, you’ll need to tape off your design. I also stuck mine in cork so that I could paint freely.

DIY Pyramid Stud Earrings | The Crafted Life

Apply your first color. The paint is so thick that there really isn’t a need for a second coat!

DIY Pyramid Stud Earrings | The Crafted Life

Remove tape when wet then let dry before moving on to the next section of color. When finished, you’ll want to seal your paint (I just used Mod Podge) when completely dry.

DIY Pyramid Stud Earrings | The Crafted Life

Apply a dap of E-6000 glue and place your earring back. Let dry then fold over the sides of the stud inwards.

DIY Pyramid Stud Earrings | The Crafted Life

DIY Pyramid Stud Earrings | The Crafted Life

While waiting for the earrings to dry, I decided to make a monogrammed gift box using the Handmade Charlotte stencils and left over Plaid paint. How great is it that I didn’t need to pour new paint?!

DIY Pyramid Stud Earrings | The Crafted Life

Be sure to follow Plaid on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and blog! If you’re feeling lucky, they’re also holding a giveaway for a FolkArt Multisurface prize pack and $100 Michaels gift card here: http://bit.ly/1815kp1

*This post was sponsored by Plaid. Opinions expressed are my own.