Introduction: Creepy Formerly Decapitated Necklace

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It is so nice that the mad scientist reattached your head after his experiments... he just doesn't seem very proficient at plastic surgery.

Guess it's better than being headless...

Fun, simple necklace I designed for a Halloween party. Easy and affordable to make.

(Entry in the play with clay contest, vote if you like it!)

Step 1: Stuff

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Tools & Supplies:

Black Sculpey Polymer Clay
20 gauge Red Copper Wire (in the jewelery making section)
Cookie sheet or glass bake ware
Dinner Knife
Device of flattening (I used a highlighter)
Waxed Paper (or silicon baking mat if you have one)

Round nose pliers (or other needle nose pliers)
Clear Nail polish Clear acrylic finish

Step 2: Knead & Roll

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I used one "section" of the package for this project and it was more than enough to make a necklace for myself and my minion (toddler)

Knead that ball of clay for 2 minutes, until it is nice and soft and flexible.

This would be a good time to preheat your oven to 275 degrees.

Now lay out your baking mat, or sheet of waxed paper

Roll the clay out into a snake, then roll flat with your Highlighter (or whatever device you have chosen)

I try to aim for the width of a quarter and about that thickness. 

Don't worry about being perfect, little deviations and deformities just make it more fun.

Step 3: Slice and Dice

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Once your clay is all flattened out just start cutting strips along the length, maybe 2 quarters wide.

Use the knife to gently lift the clay off the rolling surface.

One at a time place the strips on top of each other in an"X"shape and press lightly on the center.

Step 4: Stabby

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Once you have a happy little army of X's unroll a piece of copper wire and cut it, about 2" in length, pull it straight.

Use your little wire needle to stab a hole through your little X's

Stab the X where the seam between the clay strips meats from one side to the other.

Give the wire a little wiggle to clear excess clay but not enough to make a huge hole or it will be difficult to control the X in the finished project.

Line up the X's on your wax paper coated baking sheet as you finish each one or just toss the silicone mat right on the cookie sheet.

Step 5: BAKE.

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Throw the cookie sheet in your preheated oven

Bake for 15 minutes at 275 degrees

While you are waiting measure out your necklace wire, just put it around your neck (or your minions neck) and bend where it meets, make sure to leave some slack for bending ends to latch and for when the X's are on the wire.  (you can always cut more off but you can't put it back once it is cut)


Now go over to the oven (with oven mit equipped) and pull out the X's and set them aside to cool.

Step 6: Thread Your X's

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Now that your X's are all cooled grab your wire, and bend one end so your X's can't escape and start beading.

Thread your X's on the wire and eye the spacing to what you like, once again don't worry about perfection, they can be adjusted later.

Now put the necklace up around your neck and line up the X's, take the loose end and loop it through the hooked end and bend it where it fits comfortably.

Trim off any large amount of wire but leave enough to make an adjustable hook.

If you have round nose pliers use this opportunity to bend the ends to make tiny loops on the ends to prevent stabbing or cutting your neck.  This can be done with your fingers or any other pair of needle nose pliers you have on hand.  Round nose pliers would accomplish the neatest finished appearance.

Now just bend back the wire to make a hook.

Do not twist the wires together, hammer the hooks or secure with a clasp, we do not want to have an actual decapitation...

This simple double hook will unbend if snagged, before injuring your neck, Safety

Step 7: Optional: Clear Coat

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If you like shiny things... find yourself a bottle of clear nail polish clear acrylic finish and a sheet of waxed paper

It has been suggested to me by the polymer clay pro's to avoid using nail polish, try and find some clear acrylic paint at the craft store, or another clear water based finish for best results.

I put a dab on the seams on the back of the X's just for a little piece of mind support, then flipped all the X's and painted the outside surface with one thick coat, making sure to get into the seams. 

Make sure if you do this step you wiggle the X's a little to keep them from gluing themselves to the wire.

Now just let it dry.

Step 8: Equip

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Now just hook your snazzy new necklace around your neck and adjust the X's to your comfort.

And look, now your head has been successfully reattached!

Add a little white powder to your face & neck if you are feeling a little undead and rock your necklace like a zombie!


jgreen27 (author)2011-09-18

here are my pics

PixyMcCrafty (author)jgreen272011-09-19

Looks great! :D

dluttrell (author)2011-09-15

Never use clear nail polish or any other solvent based finish on polymer clay. It will literally leave the surface tacky and never dry up. You can use a water based product, ot even the paste wax like Minwax to put a gloss on polymer. I have been a polymer clay artist for almost 30 years, so I know this from trial and error. This is a great project, though.

PixyMcCrafty (author)dluttrell2011-09-15

Mine dried well, pretty quickly too and the finish seems to be holding up well, but that is a good suggestion, this is the first time I have attempted to clear coat any polymer clay project, maybe I got lucky on that.

deni2me (author)PixyMcCrafty2011-09-15

I have heard of Polymer clay artists using Future floor polish to give their finished projects sheen. Wonder if that would make the items tacky?

dluttrell (author)deni2me2011-09-18

Future worked well, but no one seems to be able to find it anymore. I haven't looked because I use Varathane, which is a water based polyurethane coating for wood. However, I think that it's either going out of business, or the stores around me are not carrying it anymore.
As for the nail polish, you might not find it to be tacky until it's hot outside, or you might have something that is water based. They don't put that on the label, but perhaps the companies are getting wiser about fumes. I don't think they make water based nail polishes, but I'm really not sure. If your project starts to get tacky after a while, you can put a water based coating over it, and it will seal. Unless you have fibers stuck to it, there's no need to sand it first.

hardlec (author)dluttrell2012-05-25

Future floor wax is now lab led as pledge floor wax with future shine.

dgigout (author)dluttrell2011-09-25

I got a bottle of it at's enough to last me the rest of my lifetime :)

Dexteravna (author)2011-12-27

I did this and it was so much fun!
And the little guy is ADORABLE! haha.
My niece and I had alot of fun pulling pranks on my uncles and aunts with a little fake blood we found.

klikkvuong (author)2011-09-15

Just remember to not use any pan or baking sheet for sculpey that you plan to use for food later. PVC clay can make you very very sick> I use wax paper so I can toss it after I'm done.

TheNerdyDuo (author)klikkvuong2011-10-28

You should switch to parchment paper for oven stuff. Wax paper isn't really rated for baking, as the wax can melt or evaporate in the oven and still leave you with PVC on your pans.

NOODLE! (author)2011-10-13

this is awesome. i made it this yr, and creeped out one of my freinds. i use a piece of tin foil for all oven bake clay projects and it works very well.

starshipminivan (author)2011-10-05

Congrats on the win! I love this project! I can see some stitched necklaces in my future.

szukowski (author)2011-09-15

Great stuff! I'd recommend slightly curving the tips of each "X" before baking. That way, when you have the necklace against your skin, the ends of each "X" will indent the skin slightly, giving more of an appearance of being real stitches actually going into your skin.

I know what I'm doing for Halloween now....

whY incision (author)szukowski2011-10-01

I did this with mine. And I made my x's out of rounded segments as opposed to flat, with tapered tips. The effect is most excellent and I am very pleased. Sadly I cannot find my camera.

chicopluma (author)2011-09-30

wow cool and really simple

jmendez6 (author)2011-09-29

Hey! i've seen and favorited your project on CutOutandKeep! LOL Good job on being a finalist!

CherylDunham (author)2011-09-26

Oh wow! I'm doing a bus trip to Salem, Mass on the 29th. I'm a red hatter and have to make a costume. I've made my hat and costume, but this will ad the final touch! Thanks

mstyle183 (author)2011-09-26

good luck.. great Halloween idea

nanisimova (author)2011-09-25

Simple and totally awesome!

NOODLE! (author)2011-09-22


E-roc (author)2011-09-22

How do you keep the x's from breaking when put tight around your neck?


PixyMcCrafty (author)E-roc2011-09-22

I haven't had any x's break, maybe you rolled them out too thin?

davIRE (author)2011-09-18

the idea of putting thin wire round my neck is... ghastly/ghoulish/monstrous.

halloween puns aside it should probably be stated a bit more clearly the importance of the hook easily releasing should it get caught on... well... anything. there's nothing wrong with the design above (im not having a go) i can just see someone scrunching up the wires for them to get caught and the necklace lives up to its name (sans the "formerly"). Kiddies: never ever ever secure wire round your neck. Its darwinian :P

qewt (author)davIRE2011-09-21

ehm... people have been wearing necklaces through the ages. Safety is good, but this might be a bit overdone.

davIRE (author)qewt2011-09-21

necklaces are generally made with chains which contain links. Links contain inherent flaws which deform and break under duress. Solid guage wire does not. Chains will break if caught on something before strangling/decapitating you.

Solid wire will not.

PixyMcCrafty (author)davIRE2011-09-18

Agreed, the 20 gauge wire will very easily unbend if snagged (i do not suggest changing the gauge at all) Do not twist the ends together (or hammer the hooks) a quick bend on both ends will create a simple hook, more of a safety hook, that will unbend under pressure. If you feel the need to add a clasp, go with a magnetic clasp that will also release. Safety first!

alfonse (author)2011-09-21

This is amazing! Also seems to be a pretty awesome and easy idea for a young kid.

jgreen27 (author)2011-09-18

i just made one for myself, one for my friend, and one for her 3 yr old. this is such an awesome idea!! i plan on being undead for halloween... this will go perfect with my costume... thanks!

ivondudley (author)2011-09-16

That looks awesome

consumit (author)2011-09-15

Hahahahaha lovely

hjjusa (author)2011-09-10

Now you need some fake blood to make little drips coming out of the "cut".

sdumitrache (author)hjjusa2011-09-15

you could've let me say this one, you evil you...

BusyHands (author)2011-09-15

Just brilliant!

wulfric (author)2011-09-15

So the best thing to use for clear paint sounds like a clear acrylic. most craft stores and hobby shops should have that.

Rowen27 (author)2011-09-15

I see a Sally costume in this instructables' future, very nice (insert exclamation point here, my keyboard is on the fritz)

mbreukel (author)2011-09-15

would also look awesome to wear on your arms so people think your arm fell off and got stitched back on it.

PixyMcCrafty (author)mbreukel2011-09-15

I had my husband put the one I made for my son on his arm and it looked pretty good, but he has thus far refused to have a picture posted, lol.

PeterTheUnGreat (author)2011-09-15

Clever - simple but effective

richard the brewer (author)2011-09-15


imnotmoz (author)2011-09-15

I think this is one of the simpliest yet most creative instructables I've seen...

simplebeep (author)2011-09-15

This is a beautiful piece of jewelry. I wouldn't limit it to Halloween!

cchubb (author)2011-09-15

I'm going to make one for my daughter so she can dress like her Monster High dolls.

Mella2013 (author)2011-09-15

Love it!

PixyMcCrafty (author)2011-09-12

Just got approved for the play with clay contest!

Vote if you like :D

PixyMcCrafty (author)2011-09-11

Thanks :D

doomsdayltd (author)2011-09-11

better yet so its much more comfortable to wear instead of clay use black sugru

PixyMcCrafty (author)doomsdayltd2011-09-11

i've never tried working with sugru, I should pick some up and do some experimenting

l8nite (author)2011-09-10

^5 ! LOVE this, a number of our actors are doing variations of scarfaces this year for the haunt, Im definately passing this one on ! hhmmm depending on the "stitch" size you could do a ring or bracelet... totally AWESOME !

ChrysN (author)2011-09-10

Perfect for Halloween!

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