Do your tweens and teens love making homemade jewelry? These bright and colorful diy heart pendant necklaces are a super fun and cute polymer clay craft for girls.
My daughter made these heart pendant necklaces to give to her best girlfriends to let them know how grateful she is to have them in her life. She used her favorite color combination, a mixture of pink, purple, green and blue.
Cute Polymer Clay Craft For Tweens And Teens
Not only do these make super cute necklaces, but they also make lovely gift tags for decorating a prettily wrapped package. Write a message on the back with a Sharpie marker and tie them to the gift with a piece of colored twine or ribbon.
Come learn how easy it is to make your own heart pendant necklaces crafted from polymer clay.
Supplies You Need To Make Polymer Clay Heart Pendant Necklaces
To make these pendants, you’ll need at least three different bright, bold colors of clay to make the canes. You will also need a base color. White or pale colors work best.
Start By Making A Couple Of Basic Polymer Clay Canes
In preparation, she made a few basic polymer canes before she got started. If you are new to crafting with polymer clay, you can watch the video below to learn how to make basic bull’s eye and striped polymer canes. She used a combination of three-tone bull’s eye canes and two-tone striped canes using the colors pink, blue, purple and white.
One of the reasons I love working with polymer clay is, if it is stored properly, it will keep indefinitely, allowing this step to be prepared well in advance. Never made a polymer clay cane before? Watch this instructional video to learn how to make simple polymer canes.
How To Make Heart Pendant Necklaces Instructions
Grab a ball of white or colored clay to use as a foundation for your pendants. Condition the clay with your hands or by using a clay conditioning machine until it is warmed up and soft.
If you are going to make a lot of pendants, you can condition a larger chunk of clay, wrap it is plastic wrap and keep it in your pocket. It will stay warm, soft and ready for you to roll out as needed.
Roll the ball of clay flat with a plastic or acrylic roller to about a 1/2″ thickness. Roll the clay on top of a clay mat or a piece of wax paper.
Using a sharp blade, cut thin slices off of the prepared polymer canes, enough to cover your base color. Adult or older children will need to help the younger ones with this step. Arrange the slices on top of the rolled clay.
After you have arranged the slices to your satisfaction, gently roll the clay with your roller until the slices blend together, to about a 1/4″ thickness.
I use an acrylic clay roller for my polymer clay crafts because it provides a super smooth and blemish-free surface. The clay does not stick to the roller and it is very easy to wipe clean.
Next, grab a heart cookie cutter and position it on the clay and press down to cut out as many heart shapes as you can.
I have the set of heart cutters displayed on the right which I use for crafts and recipes. The middle heart cutter is the perfect size for making these heart pendants.
Instead of throwing away your scraps, gather them together into a loose ball and create a multi-colored swirled pendant. Gently twist the clay until you get a nice pattern effect, but not too much, because you don’t want the colors to blend together. Run the clay through a clay conditioning machine on the #1 setting or flatten to about a 1/4″ with a rolling pin and cut out heart shapes from the swirled clay.
Add a hole to the top of the hearts with a toothpick or skewer. Make sure the hole is wide enough to thread a piece of jewelry cord through and it is not too close to the edge to avoid breakage.
Place the pendants on a metal baking sheet and bake them in a preheated oven or toaster oven according to the manufactures instructions on the package of oven-baked clay you use. Every brand is different. I used Sculpey polymer clay and baked mine in a 275F oven for 15 minutes.
To make the pendants all shiny and to protect them from wear and tear, I like to brush a layer of a Sculpey Gloss Glaze over the pendants to create a nice shine and to protect them from becoming damaged.
If you don’t have a glossy glaze in your craft stash, you can use Mod Podge, white glue or even household floor wax instead.
You will need some string or jewelry cord to thread through the finished pendants so they can be worn as a necklace. I used stretchy jewelry cord for our pendants in a variety of different glitter colors.
Cut an 18″ piece of jewelry cord for each heart pendant. Fold the cord in half and thread the double end through the top of the hole so you are left with a loop on the bottom. Pull the two loose end through the loop and pull tight. Tie the ends off in a double knot.
Make a bunch of pendants and wear a different one for every day of the week.
The color and design possibilities are as limitless as your imagination. Get creative and be bold.
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