By General Crafts Contributor Amy from the Etsy Shop DangerousRainboCraft.
Make your own adorable hedgehog necklace out of polymer clay. The layered quills produce a nice 3D look, giving it character from every angle. Make one for yourself or a friend. Who wouldn’t want this cute critter to adorn their neck?
What you need:
- Polymer clay (I used Sculpey III) brown, tan, black
- Findings: head pins, jump rings
- Hobby blade
- Jewelry pliers: rounded, needle nose, cutter
- Brown chalk pastel or charcoal pencil
- Synthetic paintbrush (synthetic works better to pick up shaved chalk/ charcoal)
- Necklace chain
STEP 1: Shape some brown clay into a flat oval for the body. Shape some tan clay into a larger flattened cone for the head and 2 small cones for legs.
STEP 2: Assemble your hedgehog and roll out a small bit of black clay to add on a nose.
STEP 3: Use a hobby blade to shave brown chalk/ charcoal.
STEP 4: Paint on some shaved chalk on the head to give it a natural shaded look.
STEP 5: Roll some tan clay into a cane about the thickness of a toothpick. Cut a lot of pieces in the same length. (It’s okay to cut more than you think you may need)
STEP 6: Apply the first layer and shade the base of the quills with shaved chalk/ charcoal.
STEP 7: Add the next layer and shade again. Repeat this layer then shade process till you have the body covered. (If your quills won’t stick, try cleaning up the excess chalk/ charcoal on the body using a damp q-tip. Be careful not to remove shading on quills.)
STEP 8: Take a small ball of brown clay and shape it into an ear by pressing the end of a paintbrush onto it.
STEP 9: Trim off the excess and shape your ear how you want it to look and gently press it where you want it. I pinched mine together at the ends to make it small and cute.
STEP 10: Clean off any excess chalk/ charcoal using a damp q-tip. insert a head pin.
BAKE: Bake clay as directed. I used Sculpey III which bakes at 275 degrees for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness. I baked mine for 20 minutes. Let it cool.
Use cutter pliers to trim the headpin so it is about a half inch long. Use rounded pliers to curl your head pin. Add a jump ring and put your pendant on a necklace.