DIY Polymer Clay Sand Dollar Necklace - Handmade in the Heartland

DIY Polymer Clay Sand Dollar Necklace

DIY Polymer Clay Sand Dollar Necklace Tutorial

GUYS! Its totally summer! Can you believe it?! Kids are out of school, pools are opening up and vacations are totally happening.  We are headed to the beach in a month and I'm SO excited. I love the ocean, I love everything about being at the beach and honestly if we got a chance to live near the ocean I would jump at it.  I'm also a huge fan of nautical attire- it may or may not be "on trend" this year- lets be honest I haven't looked at a fashion magazine in months (maybe years?!) but I know what I like and that is stripes and seashells and navy, red and white.  I made this fun sand dollar necklace because it reminded me of the ocean and as a little girl I collected sand dollars every time we would go to the beach, I would write the year on each one, I wish I still had that little collection! So here's my step by step tutorial on how to make your own polymer clay sand dollar necklace. 

DIY Polymer Clay Sand Dollar Necklace Tutorial


Shell Mold (I go the above mold from Michael’s)

Premo Clay ( I used a cream/nude color since I knew I was going to paint them)

Clay Tools

Gold Paint (or color of your choice)

Waxed String/ Cord

Clamp Clasp

DIY Polymer Clay Sand Dollar Necklace Tutorial

Step 1: Make your shell pendant

I had fun playing around with the mold I purchased and making a lot of the different shells, In the end I decided to use the sand dollar. When working with polymer clay you’ll want to work with it in your hands for few minute and warm it up first, then push it into the mold. When I pulled it out I had excess on the sides of the shape so I used my tools to cut the excess off. After you get the shape you want you’ll bake it according to the package directions.

DIY Polymer Clay Sand Dollar Necklace Tutorial

Step 2: Paint!

I wanted a gold shell necklace so I just used some awesome metallic gold craft paint to paint them. I love how they turned out!

DIY Polymer Clay Sand Dollar Necklace Tutorial

Step 3: Make your necklace

I went for super easy this time and just used 7 strands of waxed cord. The clamp clasp closure is SO simple, just lay your cord flat and then clamp it on. I purchased the clasp at Michael’s but I’ve seen them everywhere that has a jewelry making section, even Walmart. You can put the closures on before you put the sand dollar on.

DIY Polymer Clay Sand Dollar Necklace Tutorial
Step 4: Tie on your pendant with a simple knot

So I don’t know what this knot is called, which is super annoying, sorry! All you do is fold your necklace in half and stick the folded center through the whole in your pendant, once its on the other side of the pendant open it up (so its not folded anymore) and then stick the rest of the necklace through the loop. Pull to tighten and Voila! your necklace is finished.

DIY Polymer Clay Sand Dollar Necklace Tutorial

What are you doing this summer? Have you made a summer bucket list? Our June is cra-cra because we are moving in between the only 2 vacations we are taking all summer! July and August should be much slower, regardless I'm excited! :) 

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