Introduction: Necklace Out of Salt Molding Clay

This project is a fun, easy and simple way to make fun necklaces for everyone to wear. They involve very few supplies, and other than some time in the oven they don't take too long. You can find most supplies in your house, so you don't need to go shopping either. I wanted to make this necklace because I wanted a way to involve crafting, baking, and being able to personalize my own jewelry and make it fun and colorful. I made this idea by going on pinterest a lot, and thinking about things I would love to wear and express myself with. I also changed my idea a bit when I was in the process of making it. This Necklace is a way you can express yourself and be as creative as you would like with!

Step 1: Gathering Supplies and Tools

For your supplies you will need: An oven (preheated to 450 degrees Fahrenheit), a cookie sheet, a bowl, flour, salt, cold water, string, acrylic paint, and a paintbrush. If you don't want to paint your necklace you won't need any paint or a paintbrush. You will also need something to make your imprint, or pattern. You can use a toothpick to draw a design, or an object to stamp it in. I also made another one using my dogs paw. For this one I am making the letter for my name using a toothpick.

Step 2: Make Your Molding Dough

You will need your flour, salt, water, and your bowl. You need 2 parts flour to one part salt. This could be 2 cups of flour to one cup of salt, or 1/2 cup of flour to 1/4 cup salt. You just need to have that ratio of ingredients. In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt. After you mix that together, start adding cold water. You do not need a lot of this unless you have a lot of salt and flour. Remember, you can always add more water so add less than you need to start off. Mix that in and gradually add more. You need to add water until it forms the consistency of play-doh.

Step 3: Make the Necklace and Design on It

Now is when you will take your clay and make the shape you want it to be. Either stamp your print in the clay, or draw on your design. If your clay starts to dry up during this step just add more water as you need it and mix it in to moisten it up again. When you are done, lay it on your cookie sheet. Put them in the oven for 2 hours. (Make sure to put a hole in for the string. This will be good for later because after you bake it you will not be able to make a hole without cracking it.) I forgot to take a picture of my necklace before I baked it, but I put a picture of another one I made above before I baked it.

Step 4: Painting Time!!!

I used pink, blue, and gold paint. I also just found the cheapest paint brushes I could, no need to go all artist over there. I paint the A pink, the outside blue, and put gold around the hole for the string and gold around the A. Let the paint dry. It shouldn't take more than 5 minutes because the necklace is so dry it will soak the paint up fast.

Step 5: Time to Make a Necklace

Get some string, or whatever you want to string it on. I found some old purple string from an old bracelet kit and decided to use that. I strung it through the hole and then fit it around my neck. I just tied it and made sure it fit around my neck. You can use whatever you would like to put it on, and tie it however you want, this is just what I found was the easiest and simplest for me!

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