Easy Faux Pearl Necklace Made of Cornstarch Clay




About: thirty something girl that loves crafting and collecting all things vintage!

Here is a super easy Faux Pearl Necklace you can make for a great Mothers Day present. This is so much fun to make and so easy - just 3 ingredients that you have in your pantry.

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Step 1:

Measure out your ingredents

1 cup of water
1.5 cup of salt - table salt
1 cup of corn starch

To put the entire necklace together you will need 1 long needle and thread ( color choice is up to you).

Step 2:

Add your water and salt and bring to a boil. I like when the salt has almost dissolved completely. Once you have a good boil turn down the heat and quickly add the cornstarch. Start to stir - then almost like magic the cornstarch will takeover the water and from a sticky paste. Keep stirring.

Step 3:

Spoon a good size of dough out of the cooking pot and add to a mixing bowl ** remember this dough is going to be really hot so do not touch it yet. Add some more corn stach and stir away.

Step 4:

Once the dough has cooled start to mold and shape the dough in your hands. You might have to add more cornstarch to get the right consistency you like.

Step 5:

Now you can start to roll out the little pearls to make your necklace. You can even add some food coloring to make diffrent color pearls - so much fun.

Step 6:

Once you have all your pearls all made out - using a good size needle poke a hole through each pearl. Let them dry for about 48 hours so they get hard. Once dried, you will be able to use needle and thread and sew you pearls together to make your necklace and or bracelet.
Have fun with making all kinds of jewelry - this clay can be molded to make almost anything - and it is so easy to make.

Here I string them both and added some silver chain and claps to the end to give a more fancy look.

Thanks and have fun!

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    26 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Could you potentially coat these in mod podge after they dry to give them a shiny look? Or would it just get absorbed?


    5 years ago

    how long does it take to dry?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice instructable ! As I do some beading, Chokers,mini chokers,rings and wrist bands , would come in handy to be able to make beads of a size or color I need or run out of. Maybe even make tubes the right size for the mini chokers. To enhance durability coat with nail clear as I have used it on charms I use and on store bought beads that flake their coloring. Dries thin so 2-4 coats are possible and gives them a nice gloss.
    Thank you for sharing this! :) :)

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    8 years ago on Step 6

    I think it would be wise to coat your "pearl" with nail polish or the glaze that is sold to polish polymer clay jewelry. The cornstarch, if not coated, will absorb oils and perspiration from your skin, and, as it's a foodstuff, well, it could get pretty nasty. Better yet, check out what you can do with such polymer clays as Sculpey or Fimo. There are lots of Instructables for polymer clay jewelry that you can make with as little work as your cornstarch clay ones, that are truly permanent.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Could apply glaze (like the ones used for modeling clay)to the pearls before you make the holes?

    sabaku no gaara

    9 years ago on Step 6

    can i add cream of tartar for better dough consistency?Could id bake it in an oven o speed the drying process>Coll insructables btw


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I think i will do that, is pretty and useful to many things.
    Anyway, how much durable are this? I mean,  my beads or things will still looking nice, without any insects [since are made by corn starch and salt] or mustiness?
    Thanks ^^~


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Very pretty - but how did you get the pearls so even? did you use a mold? I have the problem of putting the needle through and the pearl changing shape.

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Ok i tried this out, but didnt work for me. Maybe i got the measurements wrong. How much salt am i supposed to have? 1/2 a cup or a cup and a 1/2. I tried it both ways and neither of them worked the cup and a 1/2 took so long i didnt even wait till it fully dissolved. The 1/2 cup was the same way. It was a little better it actually dissolved, but it still took a while, and there wasnt enough water in the end so it just clumped up. So correct me if i got something wrong i would really like to try it again.

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    The more salt the better - Make sure you let it dissolve fully in the water then get it to a boil. You could try with 2 cups water to 1 cup salt. Once you get it to a boil turn off the heat then add you corn starch I would start out with 1 cup of cornstarch first - it should clump up almost sticky like substance. Then let it cool for about 10 mins*** remember it is going to be very hot.- here is where you will add another cup or so of the corn starch and then you will knead to form a dough. Keep adding more corn starch to get the dough like consistency. Almost like a thick cookie dough. it should work for you then. let me know if you have any other questions.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This...looks interesting. I'd bet you could even polish them, using that weird Japanese dirt polishing method. I might even make a black pearl necklace with this. Wicked.

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    trying doro dango on this might be fun (if i ever get around to learning it) also one might consider using a spray on varnish or clear nail polish for a quicker (though probably less realistic) shine.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! This looks great. How fragile are the beads? And as rimar2000 asks, will they melt if you get them wet?

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I went to a craft show 2 weeks ago and this asain lady was making GORGEOUS flower arrangements (very small up to lifesize) and little sculptures. very detailed, added color using acrylic paint, using this material however she said to try not to get it wet at all costs because yes a little water you can dab off and even then you can almost see the water marks but if it sits in water for over 24 hours it turns back into it's individual ingrediants and melts...however she didn't use water or salt...she said she used baking soda with her cornstarch but i can only assume water will give it the same effect. still "slightly" plyable even after dry...