By General Crafts Contributor Amy from the Etsy Shop DangerousRainboCraft.
Add some natural beauty to your fall wardrobe with this easy to make realistic leaf necklace. Just take a walk outdoors and find a leaf you like to create you own one of a kind necklace. My 4 year old was my inspiration behind this necklace. Every morning she collects leafs before getting on the school bus. I can’t count the number of times I have cleaned crumpled leafs out her backpack. I understood what was so great about them (after she gave me one to take home) until I was looking one over, then I found the beauty in the veins and shape of the leaf.
What you need:
- Polymer clay (I used Sculpey III) In the shade you wish your leaf to be (I mixed some green and brown)
- A leaf of your choice a green leaf works best so it wont crumble (I used an oak leaf)
- Clay roller (I used a clean glass tea jar)
- Chalks or charcoal in your choice of colors for an aging look
- Synthetic paintbrush
- Hobby blade
- Necklace chain
- Jump rings
- Jewelry pliers: needle nose
- Needle or bead making metal skewers
- clean work surface
STEP 1: In your choice of color form clay into an elongated oval (or circle depending on your choice of leaf) using your leaf as size reference.
STEP 2: Roll out clay using a roller or glass jar to the thickness of a quarter coin or thicker (I advise against going any thinner)
STEP 3: Place your leaf over your rolled out clay and roll over your work to make an impression. You should see nice veins and a subtle outline.
STEP 4: Trim the excess clay with a hobby blade around the leaf’s outline.
STEP 5: Shave some dark chalk/ charcoal into a pallet or lid using your hobby blade. (I used a dark green color)
STEP 6: Use a synthetic paintbrush to paint the shavings into the veins. Use a damp cotton swab to clean up the excessive shavings.
STEP 7: Use your color choice of chalk/ charcoal shavings to brush on as age spots. I used some straw yellow to highlight areas and parts of the edge and some browns and reds randomly throughout the leaf. Don’t go overboard just go for a natural look.
STEP 8: Use a needle or bead making metal skewers to create holes on both ends of your leaf (as shown). Take care to not make them too close to the edge but close enough to insert jump rings after baking. Place your work in a baking pan. Position toothpicks around your work, draping parts of the leaf over them. This will give it a natural wavy appearance.
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 15 minutes. Let it cool.
STEP 9: Take your necklace chain and use your needle nose plyers to remove one link from the center to create 2 separate halves of chain. Insert an opened jump ring through each of the holes and bottom chain link of one chain half on each side.
Pick out a nice fall outfit and enjoy wearing you own handmade realistic leaf necklace.
What leaf will you choose?