Bones and Stones




Introduction: Bones and Stones

About: My name is Marie Segal and I am an artist. I play with life, clay, color, mother, human, wife, friend, grandmother, feelings, and oh so many more things. You can see my work at I have a ...

My name is Marie Segal and I share my work, my life, and my art at Art from my Heart

Now the mayhem and getting ready for the season I love so much begins. Halloween... I have been waiting for this forever it seems.

Wear a fabulous knuckle necklace, a bone to pick, to a spooktacular evening of elegance a la a stony entrance with appendages dangling from your neck.

*all links in this list will lead to my husbands Clay Factory store if you are looking for these products*

You will need:

Cernit phthalate free polymer clay 1- 2 ounce package of opaque White, Caramel, and Granite
7/16” round or teardrop cutter
Slicing blade
Ne-Opaque Black or brown
Stencil Brush ½ inch round
Bamboo skewer
Old towel
Cylindrical glass jar or rolling pin
Copper wire 14 gauge
Wire tools round nose and side cutters

Step 1:

1. Mix 4 parts of opaque white to 1 part of caramel until it is one color.
You can use 2 block of the opaque white to 1/2 block of the caramel.

Step 2:

2. Roll out a coil that is 3/8” to 7/16”

Cut in to 2” sections
I use17 sections for the necklace and 3 sections for the bracelet.
20 sections total.

Step 3:

3. Place one of the sections on the top of your fingers and roll the fingers over the coil and smash the coil into your fingers

Step 4:

4.Sometimes I even have to squeeze my fingers down with my other hand to make very deep impressions
Do this to all of the 20 sections you have

Step 5:

5. Poke holes in all 17 sections at one end for the necklace

Step 6:

6.Cut 2 of the 4 in to 3rds, and 1 of the 4 sections in to 4ths (I show 2 of the sections cut in half I didn’t like them that long and decided not to use them)

Poke holes through the middle of each cut section you have made.
These will be for the bracelet.

Step 7:

7. Condition the granite clay and roll out to ¼ thick with a glass or rolling pin

Cut out circles or teardrops with the 7/16" cutter

Roll those in to balls and flatten a little with your fingers
Pole a hole through the center of each one with the bamboo skewer

Step 8:

8. Bake all of your bones and stones in a preheated 275 F. degree oven for 30 minutes, shut off the oven let cool.
You can bake the beads and "bones" on a piece of corrugated cardboard box top in the oven.
Bake the beads with them sitting on the holes.

Step 9:

9. When pieces are completely cool take the stencil brush and load it up with black or brown Ne-opaque acrylic paint and punch the color in to all of the bones.

Take the old towel and wet it a little and squeeze out the excess water, it should be damp not dripping.

Wipe off the extra paint with the toweling and leave the bones looking old and rotten.
I have strung mine on to 14 gauge copper wire and bent hooks in each end for both the bracelet and the necklace

Step 10:

It doesn’t have to be fancy, just loops on each end like the bracelet will be fine.

Wilma Flintstone would be jealous.

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    3 years ago

    Why not just use bones and stones...?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Looks cool! A suggestion for the bones- try a lighter color, closer to ivory, and then use a brown paint on them. Most bones don't have any black unless they are burned or covered in dirt, but a browner color painted on gives a very realistic touch.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks sdsnaggle what an awesome thing to say! I try!


    7 years ago on Introduction youngest will like this project! ;)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    And very fun for you two to make together jawasan!!
    Have fun and thank you for reading, I appreciate it!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks l8nite, I think it might transfer well to something else beside a necklace or bracelet.
    How about a hanging bone mobile?
    Bone earrings??
    Decorate a frame with bones?
    Bone handles on your silverware??

    Pixie Puddle
    Pixie Puddle

    7 years ago on Introduction

    that looks wicked, love how simple it is to get them to look so bone shaped, :)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks Pixie. Wicked is good!!
    Everyone gets different bones because of the differences in their hands too.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks Penelopy! The paint really does make all the difference!