Pretty Clay Bunting and Braided Chain Necklace

Pretty Clay Bunting and Braided Chain Necklace

If you’ve been hanging around here a while, you know that I love all things vintage and floral and bunting. It’s a wee little obsession. So I’ve been wanting to make a “bunting” type necklace for some time, I just wasn’t sure how I wanted to do it. I finally found a fun way to do it though, and I made up this new Pretty Clay Bunting and Braided Chain Necklace – made with Premo Clay!

Braided Chain and Clay Scallops Necklace

I have been wanting to try out jewelry making with clay for quite a while, but I will be honest, I was a little intimidated. It was so much easier – and more fun! – than I thought it would be!

Braided Scallops Necklace

These little clay scallops were super easy to make and their bright colors went perfectly with the fabric I wanted to use. I think they make such a fun necklace for Spring and Summer, don’t you?

Sweet Braids and Scallops Necklace

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own!

  • Premo Clay assortment pack
  • clay cutting tools, or something similar you can use to cut out the clay
  • sharp pointer and soft item to roll out clay and to pierce holes
  • 14 large jump rings
  • 18″ large open chain
  • 3 – 1″ strips of fabric, 1 yard long each
  • lobster closure and jump rings for necklace

These clay scallops were so much easier to make than I was expecting. Here’s how:

  1. Tear off a small piece of clay, a little larger than the piece you will cut out. Flatten the clay into a circle.
  2. Use the cutting tool to cut out a circle that is about 1″ in diameter.
  3. Fold circle in half and press the edges together lightly. Run your finger over the edge to smooth the cut edges.
  4. Use a small flat tipped tool (this jewelry tool works great, but you can use anything that is rounded to roll out the clay) and roll across the top of the clay to flatten it.
  5. Leave a little ridge along the top edge so it looks like a little folded bunting piece.
  6. Pierce the scallop from front to back with a sharp tool or a large needle. Make sure the hole goes all the way through and isn’t too close to the edge of the scallop.
  7. Repeat so there is a hole in both sides of the scallop.

How to Make Clay Scallops

Repeat with the other colors of the bunting pieces – making sure they are all as close as you can get to the same size and shape.

clay scallops before baking

Bake according to the instructions on the box. The pieces will lose a little of their gloss but not any of the brightness of the colors. They should maintain the same size and shape as well.

If you have any rough edges or bumpy spots you didn’t notice before you baked them, you can sand the pieces very lightly with a fine wet/dry sandpaper. If the pieces are a little dusty after the sanding, just lightly clean them off with a damp paper towel.

clay scallops after baking

While your pieces are baking, you can work on your necklace chain.

Knot your three pieces of fabric at the top and begin braiding them together loosely.

Fabric Braid for Necklace

Thread the braid through your chain so it goes over and under alternating links. Overlap the braid around the last link on each side and fold the braid to the back of the necklace. Tuck the raw edges under and sew down, again on the back side of the necklace.

fabric braid in chain

Open up your large jump rings and feed one through one of the holes in your little scallop. Place the jump ring around the center link of the chain and close the ring. Repeat for the other side of the scallop.

adding scallop to chain

Continue adding scallops on each side until they are all added to the necklace chain.

clay scallops on necklace chain

Finish off your necklace by adding a lobster closure and large jump ring to the top links in your chain.

necklace closure on chain

That finishes off your necklace!

Sweet Braids and Scallops Necklace

Clay Scallops Necklace

I love trying new materials, especially when they are so much easier and more fun to use than I was expecting! I think I’ve got the “clay” bug now – I can’t wait to make up some more jewelry projects. I have already started on a simple bracelet that I can’t wait to show you!

If you want to check out more Premo Clay inspiration – you can find them here:


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Premo Clay and Blueprint Social. All opinions are my own! :)


Pretty Clay Scallops Necklace

Here are some other sweet clay projects – check them out!

19 Comments

  • I love this colorful necklace! Adding the clay pieces makes it so much fun!

    ~ Ashley

  • Bev this is gorgeous!! What a fantastic tutorial. Pinned!! xo

  • Reply May 12, 2014

    Char @DollDiaries

    This is absolutely stunning! I have to show it to my daughter because it is the type of necklace she would ask me to buy and I love that she could easily make it for herself!

  • Reply May 12, 2014

    Heather

    I love this! I’ve been loving everything on your blog lately, though, so no big surprise there :)

  • Reply May 12, 2014

    Syl

    As usual another exquisite piece. A great way to recycle jewelry chains and put scrap fabric to use. Great for summer. So colorful.

  • Reply May 12, 2014

    Ashlee

    I love everything you do! What an adorable idea!

  • SO super cute!!! I love the bright colors. They are so fun! I love the bunting pieces you made and, you are right, they are the perfect colors for the floral fabric! Another great original piece! :)

  • You make the prettiest jewelry!

  • What a stunning necklace, Bev!

  • Reply May 12, 2014

    Kara

    Gorgeous necklace!!

  • You always make the prettiest projects, Bev! Love all your work! This necklace is so pretty – simply genius!

  • Probably my favorite clay necklace that I have ever seen. You’re a necklace genius!!

  • Reply May 12, 2014

    Amy Anderson

    Um, this is completely amazing.

  • I totally agree with Amy Anderson! I fall in love with every single piece of jewelry that you make, but I think this might be my most favorite one yet!

  • Reply May 16, 2014

    Lisa

    Cute! Those little scallops are the perfect colours. Love this

  • Reply May 17, 2014

    Michelle Barbour

    I love everything about this!!!

  • Reply May 17, 2014

    Corrinna

    Your necklace is gorgeous! I love working with clay and making jewelry from it. The possibilities are endless!

  • Reply September 9, 2014

    Vanessa

    What kind of chain is this? This is such a stunning necklace and I would like to recreate it with my own Oktoberfest twist!

    • September 9, 2014

      Beverly

      Thanks Vanessa! I don’t think the chain had a name, it was just a large open link chain that I picked up at the craft store. :)

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