Cost: $0 for me (since I had everything on hand) but about $8-$15 depending on what you already have
A set of jewelry making tools (round nose pliers, wire cutters, flat nosed pliers). I got mine at Walmart in a set of 3 for about $7.
Sculpey Clay. Or other polymer clay of your choice. They have a huge variety of colors for about $2 per block. I usually stock up when they go on sale for half off. I typically get the primary colors plus black, white, and brown and then mix them myself to whatever I need.
Acrylic craft paint. I like to use brown, and sometimes metallic gold and silver to get the vintage/antique look to my roses.
A craft knife or utility knife.
A bead reamer or a skewer.
A medium paint brush .
Paper towels .
A water dish.
A palette . I use a plate covered in tin foil.
A glass baking pan.
5-9 medium to large size beads in a coordinating color to your rose color pick.
Jewelry chain, jump rings, clasps, and eye pins.
If you’re serious about making jewelry its worth it to get familiar with the basic techniques to jewelry making. I am honestly not a pro at all but found that a lot can be done with my cheap supplies and tools and some basic techniques. Also, on a side note, I get a lot of my jewelry findings at The Dollar Store, Walmart, and my local craft store when they’re half off so its really not that expensive a hobby to have. And its nice to have some supplies on hand to whip up last minute gifts for friends and family that are classy and handmade and look way more expensive than they actually were to make.
To help you out on this front, heres a link to a great site that will teach you the basics you’ll need to complete this project as well as help you with future jewelry making endeavors. And if you need a little more to get you started, heres a couple more sites I found that I thought were clear and concise: .http://www.jewelry-making- instructions.com/beaded-linkshtml ,http://www.making-jewelry-now.com/jewelry-making-instructions.html . There, seriously easy huh? With just those simple skills and your Walmart tools you can make literally hundreds of amazing pieces of jewelry. Now to the part I’m going to really teach today. How to make the vintage inspired clay rose bead that is going to completely MAKE this necklace. Ready? Here we go.
Step 1: Picking Colors and Mixing Clay
2. If needed, mix your clay to get your desired color. If for some reason you missed kindergarten and first grade and never learned how to “mix” colors, refer to a color chart. I mixed red, blue, and white to get my pastel purple colored clay, green, yellow, blue, and white to get my turquoise colored clay, and white and yellow to get my pastel yellow clay. Or you could just take the easy road and buy the exact color you’d like since they have plenty of color options at the craft stores to suit your needs. Although if you forgo the color mixing, you still might want to work and knead your clay to make it a little softer and more pliable to work with.
Step 2: Making a Clay Disk
Step 3: Making the Center of the Rose
Step 4: Making the First Petal
Step 5: Wrapping Petals
Step 6: Starting to Look Like a Rose
8. Now continue making your petal disks and wrapping them around the center being sure to somewhat overlap them and being careful to make larger petals as the rose grows outward.
Step 7: Loverly Full Rose
9. Continue working your clay petals around the rose until it is the desired size and fullness that you like.
Step 8: Cutting Off the Excess
Step 9: Put a Hole Through It
12. Next, take your bead reamer or your skewer (toothpick or needle works too), and create a hole through the base of your rose from one end to the next to allow it to be strung onto an eye pin later.
Step 10: Bake the Roses
14. Bake your clay roses according to the time suggested on the clay packaging. I use Sculpey clay and usually bake around 6-12 roses at once at 275 degrees for about 12 minutes. The package says 15 minutes for 1/4 inch clay but I like to somewhat “under-cook” my clay roses so that they are a tiny bit rubbery and not too brittle when they’re cool. I just have found that it makes them a little bit more durable and lets face it, you are not going to want your new work of art to fall apart on your neck later!
15. Let your clay roses cool completely.
You can see I made some smaller roses to use as rings later if I feel like it.
16. At this point you can use your rose as a bead and wire it to a necklace, you can coat it with a glossy finishing spray, or you can continue on to find out how to antique it a bit (which is what I prefer. I think it just gives it a little something extra and makes it more unique).
Step 11: Get Ready for Antiquing
You can see I have my coordinating beads picked out (this helps me decide what colors, and how much, “antiquing” I want to do), my water glass to dilute my paint and rinse my brush in, my painting palette with squirts of my “antiquing” colors on it, another foil wrapped plate to set my wet roses on to dry, and my paper towels to wipe off the excess paint.
Step 12: Painting the Roses
19. Once that first coat of paint has dried somewhat, do the same technique using the darker brown. This will allow the paint to seep into the crevices of the petals and give the flower dimension and depth as well as slightly stain the rose an antique-brown tone. You can do this multiple times if you’d like, applying your diluted brown paint with the paint brush to the entire rose and then wiping off the excess to allow the original color to come through and leaving a brown paint deposit in the crevices.
Step 13: All Wiped Down
Not a HUGE difference but it actually adds a lot of character to the once flat looking rose.
Step 14: Let Em' Dry
Step 15: My Assembled Necklace
21. Basically what you want to do is pick out an odd number of coordinating beads (an odd number so that a middle bead falls in the middle of the necklace instead of a space), and link them together using eye pins and the wire looping technique you now know. This will be the center of your necklace. The rose will be asymmetrical when alls said and done.
22. Then, using an eye pin and the same looping technique, slide the eye pin through the roses beading hole you gave it and attach it to one end of your beaded chain. For this necklace I used large brown pearls and antiqued brass eye pins and chain to play off the turquoise antiqued rose.
23. Finally, finish off your necklace by measuring out your chain, attaching the clasp to the center to get the thing on and off, and attaching the chain to your beaded chain and rose. TIP: I think this necklace looks the most flattering when the rose sits right along or right under your collar-bone, so adjust the length of your chain accordingly.
Step 16: FINISHED!!! Look How PURDY!!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and had fun making this awesome necklace! Play around a bit and create some more wonderful pieces…maybe earrings or a ring to match? And definitely take the time to learn those basics. I use those simple techniques a lot when I make jewelry and they’re sure to show up in later tutorials! Alright then! Have fun crafting and be sure to stop by for more tutorials at See Cate Create!