Embroidered Polymer Clay Gem Pendant

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Ages school-age

I've been having fun playing with polymer clay lately. For this project, I mixed up textures and colors by making polymer clay pendants with holes for embroidering into after baking. I'm including a pattern to make a trendy gem shape, but the possibilites are endless!

What you'll need

  • Polymer clay
  • Small circle cookie cutter
  • Toothpick
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Brayer or small rolling pin

How to make it

  1. Pinch off a small piece of polymer clay and condition it by kneading it between your fingers until it is soft. Working on a protected surface, roll the clay into a small ball and then use a brayer or small rolling pin to flatten out the clay until it is about 1/8" thick.

  2. Use a small circle cookie cutter to cut out a circle to the desired size. Gently clean up the edges so that there are no jagged edges.

  3. poke holes in the clay with a toothpick

    Use a toothpick to poke holes into the flat circle of clay. Start with a small hole and gently widen it by making tiny circular motions with the toothpick. The holes need to be large enough for your threaded embroidery needle to pass through. Use the hole layout guide above for placement. Bake as directed by the manufacturer and allow to cool.

  4. tie thread on wrong side

    Use the hole layout in the pattern above to reference the hole numbers. Leave a "tail" in the beginning to tie to the thread that remains at the end of the pattern.

    GEM PATTERN

    U = push needle UP from wrong side to right side
    D = push needle DOWN from right side to wrong side

    U1 (UP thorugh hole #1)
    D4 (DOWN through Hole #4)
    U5
    D2
    U6
    D3
    U7
    D3
    U2
    D6
    U5
    D1
    U2
    D4
    U5
    D8
    U7
    D2
    U6
    D8
    U4
    D8
    U1
    D3
    U7
    D8
    U4
    D7
    U8
    D4


    Tie the end of the thread to the tail piece you left at the beginning of the pattern. Double knot to secure and clip off excess thread.

  5. embroidered gem polymer clay pendant

    The pendent is complete! Add a jump ring to the top hole and string your pendant as desired!

     

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