Making your own jewelry is so satisfying. Not only do you get the fun of crafting, but you end up with a beautiful piece of wearable art. I especially love when I can make expensive looking jewelry for far less than it would cost in a store. Today, I am showing you how to DIY trendy gemstone jewelry quickly and easily. You can make your own gemstone cluster jewelry using chip beads and jewelry clay!
- EnviroTex Jewelry Clay
- Chip beads
- Pendant bezels
EnviroTex Jewelry Clay consists of two parts that need to be mixed together to activate.
Begin by putting on a pair of gloves to protect your hands. Take equal parts of both Part A and Part B from the jewelry clay kit.
Mix the two parts together until the clay is a uniform color, without any marbling of the two colors. You now have about 2 hours to finish your project before the clay sets up.
Use a small bit of the clay to fill in the bezel of the pendant. You can find packs of bezels like this at your local craft store or online.
Begin to press the chip beads firmly into the jewelry clay. Fill the entire bezel with chip beads. I chose to use amethyst tone chip beads, but you can choose whatever color you like best!
Use the smallest chip beads to fill in any gaps where the jewelry clay is peeking through. The irregular shape of the chip beads will give your pendant a beautiful, organic look.
The clay will harden into a porcelain white color, and the beads will be securely embedded in the clay.
Add a pendant to a chain to have a beautiful custom necklace that you made yourself!
I had some mixed clay left over after making two pendants, so I grabbed a mirror compact. I added chip beads to the top of the compact using the same technique I used for the pendants.
I love the luxe look of the compact now!
I think the finished pieces have such a high end look to them! Since you need so little of the jewelry clay to make one pendant, you could easily make several pendants and give them as holiday gifts this year.
Jessica Hill is the creative mind behind the blog, Mad in Crafts. For nearly 9 years, Jessica has shared crazy good creativity from her Mad House to yours. When she’s not creating, Jessica loves the Detroit Tigers, craft beer, and spending time with her family and rescue dog.