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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!)
 
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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
Scissors
Device of flattening (I used a highlighter)
Waxed Paper (or silicon baking mat if you have one)

Optional:
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.
jgreen272 years ago
here are my pics
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PixyMcCrafty (author)  jgreen272 years ago
Looks great! :D
dluttrell2 years ago
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)  dluttrell2 years ago
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.
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?
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.
Future floor wax is now lab led as pledge floor wax with future shine.
I got a bottle of it at Lowes...it's enough to last me the rest of my lifetime :)
Dexteravna2 years ago
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.
klikkvuong2 years ago
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.
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!2 years ago
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.
Congrats on the win! I love this project! I can see some stitched necklaces in my future.
szukowski2 years ago
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....
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.
chicopluma2 years ago
wow cool and really simple
jmendez62 years ago
Hey! i've seen and favorited your project on CutOutandKeep! LOL Good job on being a finalist!
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
mstyle1832 years ago
good luck.. great Halloween idea
nanisimova2 years ago
Simple and totally awesome!
NOODLE!2 years ago
THAT. IS. AWESOME.
E-roc2 years ago
How do you keep the x's from breaking when put tight around your neck?

-thanks
PixyMcCrafty (author)  E-roc2 years ago
I haven't had any x's break, maybe you rolled them out too thin?
davIRE2 years ago
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
avisser davIRE2 years ago
ehm... people have been wearing necklaces through the ages. Safety is good, but this might be a bit overdone.
davIRE avisser2 years ago
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)  davIRE2 years ago
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!
alfonse2 years ago
This is amazing! Also seems to be a pretty awesome and easy idea for a young kid.
jgreen272 years ago
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!
ivondudley2 years ago
That looks awesome
consumit2 years ago
Hahahahaha lovely
hjjusa2 years ago
Now you need some fake blood to make little drips coming out of the "cut".
you could've let me say this one, you evil you...
BusyHands2 years ago
Just brilliant!
wulfric2 years ago
So the best thing to use for clear paint sounds like a clear acrylic. most craft stores and hobby shops should have that.
Rowen272 years ago
I see a Sally costume in this instructables' future, very nice (insert exclamation point here, my keyboard is on the fritz)
mbreukel2 years ago
would also look awesome to wear on your arms so people think your arm fell off and got stitched back on it.
PixyMcCrafty (author)  mbreukel2 years ago
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.
Clever - simple but effective
awesome
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