How to Make a Constellation Necklace
This week's jewelry tutorial is a little...cosmic. I am going to show you how to make a constellation necklace.
Astrology, zodiac and constellations have been trendy themes in design for a while now. This cute pendant uses polymer clay and rhinestones to make a pattern in the shape of your favorite constellation.
I chose Orion's belt, Cygnus the Swan and Cassiopeia the Queen for my three pendants.
A quick search on Google or Pinterest can help you find the shape of your favorite constellation or, break out the telescope and do some late-night sky gazing.
- Blue polymer clay like FIMO
- Jewelry chain
- clear acrylic sealer
Begin by taking the polymer clay and rolling a marble sized ball in your hands.
Then, press it into the pendant trays so that it fill the pendant. Decide which constellation you would like to make. Poke holes into the clay where each or the rhinestone "stars" will go. The holes help the rhinestones stick to the dried clay. The glue can sink down into the hole and secure the rhinestone better.
Place the pendants onto a baking sheet and bake them in the oven according to the instructions on the packaging of the polymer clay.
Once the pendants have baked and cooled completely you may need to add some superglue to the pendant tray to keep the blue clay from falling out.
Take a toothpick or pin and dab on a small amount of white school glue onto the pin hole marks on the clay. Carefully place the rhinestones onto the glue spots. Don't worry if you can see a bit of the wet glue. It will dry clear.
Once completely dry spray on a few coats of clear acrylic sealer and let dry overnight.
string your pendant onto a pre-made chain or make your own and your done!
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