Hello makers, Beckie from Infarrantly Creative here. Did you know March is National Craft Month? I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t need a month to start crafting, it is a year round hobby for me. However, it is nice to up my game once in a while and totally stretch my crafting abilities too. So in honor of National Crafting Month, I am trying my hand at clay pendant and fringe tassel necklaces. I have been obsessed with fringe necklaces for years. With the current trend of marble and water color, I thought I would merge that with some DIY fringe tassels.
Let’s start out by making our clay pendants first. These are a blast to make because you never know how it is going to turn out. It is art each time.
Begin by conditioning your clay by rolling, squishing and kneading it in your hands. When it seems supple then roll it into a snake.
I used aqua, coral, silver and two white snakes of clay. Twist them together.
Next roll them out using 3 scraps of mat board as your thickness. Next peel the clay apart and squish it together and then roll it out again. Continue this process until you like the marbling. Then using 2 thicknesses of mat board, roll it out one final time.
Using your metal circle cutter, cut out your circle pendants.
Next stick the small metal screw eyes into the top and bottom of your clay pendant.
Cook at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool.
Optional: Paint the sides of the pendant with some Martha Stewart Silver leafing paint.
FRINGE TASSEL DIRECTIONS
Cut about 5” of fringe. Roll the top of the fringe tightly making sure the top stays aligned.
Take a piece of 20 gauge wire and feed it through the top edge of the fringe you just wound.
Using chain nose pliers twist the wire to seal it off. Snip the extra wire with your blunt cut pliers.
Cut the bottom of the fringe.
Add a small amount of hot glue in the cone. Then pull the fringe wire through the hole pulling tightly. Let the glue dry.
Add a bead to the wire. Then cut it about 1/2” from the bead. Use your round nose pliers to create a loop at the top.
Add the fringe to the bottom of your clay pendant by opening up the wire loop with chain nose pliers.
Purchase a necklace or make your own with all the wire and findings available to you at JOANN.
The marble pendants are so pretty. If you want them shiny you can always coat them with some Krylon Triple Thick Glaze before you put them all together. Also I would use fray check or clear nail polish on the tassel ends to avoid unraveling.