Winters Night Polymer Clay Bib Necklace Tutorial

Winter's Night Polymer Clay Bib Necklace
Winter's Night Polymer Clay Bib Necklace

In this tutorial we will be making a beautiful Winter's Night polymer clay bib necklace with earrings to match.

The result is really eye-catching, but you will find that it is so simple to make. The project consists of simple elements of mica shift and texture, with a few slices of snowflake cane to give that wintery feel.  I'll show you tips and tricks to get your veneer nice and flat and how to achieve a smooth, glassy finish.

In order to complete this project, you will need a translucent snowflake cane. The link to the tutorial for this is in the suggested links box below the video.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Pearl white polymer clay (Premo)
  • Kato Magenta and Blue Kato concentrate or Indigo or Amethyst alcohol ink or Ultra Marine Premo
  • Coarse sandpaper
  • A tissue blade
  • A pasta machine
  • An acrylic roller
  • Gloves
  • Lisa Pavelka's Swirly Q texture stamp
  • Diamond Cutters
  • Pointed Bib Necklace Cutter
  • Mica powder sparkle blue
  • A brush
  • A snowflake cane
  • Ice resin
  • Two twisted silver Jumprings
  • Crimp cord ends
  • Blue and white rattail satin cord
  • A clasp
  • Jumprings
  • Ear wires
  • A pin drill
  • Pliers

How to Make My Winter's Night Polymer Clay Bib Necklace Step by Step

Making the Raw Polymer Clay For the Mica Shift
  • Option 1: Mix together 5 parts Kato Pearl, 5 parts Kato translucent, 2 parts Kato magenta, 1 part Blue Kato concentrate.
  • Option 2: Mix together 2 parts Premo Ultra Marine, 7 parts Premo Pearl.
  • Option 3: Mix together Premo Pearl and Amethyst or Indigo Alcohol Ink.
Making the Mica Shift
  • Roll your clay out on the thickest setting of the pasta machine and dust it with corn starch.
  • Lay your clay over your texture stamp, and press in with your fingertips working from one side of the clay to the other to create an imprint.
  • Remove the clay from the stamp.
  • Shave off the raised areas using your tissue blade.
  • Cover with a piece of plain paper and burnish with your fingertips to flatten it out.
Making the Snow Elements
  • Reduce your translucent snowflake cane from the Silent Night tutorial, until it is quite small.
  • Roll out a sheet of pearl white clay on the thickest setting of your pasta machine, cover with very coarse sandpaper and burnish to texture it.
  • Dust with Sparkle Blue mica powder.
Creating Your Polymer Clay Veneer
  • Trim your two sheets so that they will fit nicely together.
  • Cut thin slices from your snowflake cane and lay a few slices randomly on your mica shift.
  • Roll flat with your acrylic roller.
  • Overlap your snow sheet slightly over your mica shift sheet and use a craft knife to cut a wiggly edge.
  • Join your two sheets together and lay slices of snowflake cane along the join.
  • Gently flatten using your roller, without flattening the textured snow sheet.
Making the Polymer Clay Bib Necklace
  • Make a second sheet of snow clay, as before. We will use this for the backing of the necklace.
  • Place it textured side down on a piece of plain paper then lay your veneer over it.
  • Gently smooth them together checking for bubbles as you go.
  • Use your Pointed Bib Necklace Cutter to cut out a piece with the snow at the bottom and the mica shift at the top.
  • On the video I show you how to use the leftover pieces to make a new veneer so that you can make earrings too, and how to salvage the leftover clay so that you don't have too much waste.
  • Smooth the edges and then bake for a full hour at your brand's recommended temperature.
Finishing Off Your Polymer Clay Bib Necklace
  • Sand your pieces lightly on the blue mica shift to remove any mica powder residue, and then sand the edges.
  • Place your pendants onto a silicone waffle mat and apply a layer of Ice Resin. (You can also use Magic Gloss or other UV resin.) Let this cure for 24 hours.
  • Once cured, use a pin drill to drill a hole through each side of the bib.
  • Thread a jumpring through each hole.
  • Thread a length of your chosen cord onto each jumpring. I am using bugtail with crimp ends on either end for attaching.
And that's the Winter's night polymer clay bib necklace. I hope you enjoy this project. On the video I show how to make the earrings to match, so be sure to have a look at that.

Winters Night Polymer Clay Bib Necklace Tutorial

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