I recently got hold of a pack of Fimo Air Dry Modelling Clay and wanted to create a simple and delicate DIY. I decided on these easy to make jewellery pendants and finished them off with a brush of gold paint. You can be creative in the shapes and sizes you make and this is a project for those of you who have never worked with clay before. You can buy Fimo Air Dry Modelling Clay here or they also make a oven-bake alternative. The air dry clay is probably simpler but you'll have to be a little patient as drying time can take 24 hours.
WHAT YOU NEED
White Fimo Air Drying Clay
Flat clean surface (I used a sheet of plastic to protect the table)
Gold Acrylic Paint
Start by rolling a small piece of clay in your hands into a ball. Place the ball of clay on to a smooth surface and flatten it with your thumb. Squash it down into a rounded shape. Use a pencil to poke a hole through the clay. Turn the clay over and make sure the hole is smooth on the other side. You can smooth out and soften any cracking edges on the clay with a little bit of water. The 'white' clay will look grey until it dries.
You can make as many pendants as you like in all different shapes and sizes. To make the long thin pendant start with the same technique, but flatten your clay a little more. Then using a regular dinner knife, cut the shape out of clay. I made the other shapes by trial and error. The clay will stay soft for quite a while so don't panic about it drying out. If it starts to feel a bit dry, add water to your fingers.
Leave the clay overnight or until it's completely dried out. Don't put the drying clay in direct sunlight or try to speed up the process. You can do the table tap test to see if it sounds like pottery! Once your clay pendants are hard, you can start painting!
I used a metallic gold acrylic paint and a sponge to dab an ombre style gradient on to each pendant. The paint dries quite quickly as were only doing a light layer, I'd say within 30 minutes it was completely dry.
You can use a gold chain, ribbon or thread to make your necklace. You could wear several clay pendants together on one chain or even add a little golden charm like I did. I'm looking forward to making more clay DIY tutorials I didn't realise how easy it was to work with and how ready available this air-drying clay is.