These necklaces were one of the very first things I put into my “things to make” folder, so it’s about time I finally made them! And I am so glad I did, I love them! 🙂
I started off by rolling my clay out, cutting it to the rectangle, and poking a hole on the top with a toothpick. I baked it in my toaster oven at 275F for 15 minutes. See how dirty it is? I hate that about polymer clay….but I have a trick on getting it nice, clean and smooth.
Next, using the thin paintbrush I used on my Bird Mug, I painted my fennel plants. To make the dots, I cut the tip off the end of my toothpick and dabbed it.
It looked better once it dried…I tried free handing it at first, and didn’t like the way it came out, so I drew the design on some contact paper and cut it out with an Xacto knife to make a stencil. It came out much better. I want to try it again, because I’m a perfectionist, and it looks a little bumpy and I couldn’t get the lines to be nice and thin, with a marker, and then mod podge over it to seal it in. I don’t HATE it, but I’m not in love. Here it is all finished!