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DIY: Faux Double Horned Necklace

Today I’ll be making, and showing you how to make a faux double horned necklace. I’ve been seeing a lot of people wearing this type of necklace seemingly all over the place, and I ended up wanting one so badly. And of course I decided to make my own rather than buying one! Instead of using horn I made faux horn with polymer clay. It’s nice because when you use polymer clay you can customize it a bunch of ways, size, color, shape, etc. I really love how it turned out and I hope you guys like this project too!

Take a chunk of polymer clay. I'm using a pearl color here. Of course, use whatever color you'd like. Roll it out into a log that's about the diameter of the tube. Also make sure to do this on a clean surface. Not on your dirty work table.
Take a chunk of polymer clay. I’m using a pearl color here. Of course, use whatever color you’d like.
Roll it out into a log that’s about the diameter of the tube.
Also make sure to do this on a clean surface. Not on your dirty work table.
Taper the ends like so.
Taper the ends like so.
Bring the ends in like this to make a nice curve.
Bring the ends in like this to make a nice curve.
Use a blade to cut the clay at the halfway point.
Use a blade to cut the clay at the halfway point.
Gently push the clay into the ends of the bead like so.
Gently push the clay into the ends of the bead like so.
Bake it according to the instructions on the clay! Mine needs to bake at 275F for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness.
Bake it according to the instructions on the clay!
Mine needs to bake at 275F for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness.
Since we barely stuck the clay onto the bead, it's going to need to be reinforced with glue.  First, carefully remove the clay ends off of the bead.
Since we barely stuck the clay onto the bead, it’s going to need to be reinforced with glue.
First, carefully remove the clay ends off of the bead.
Mix together some 2 part epoxy and use that to glue the clay back onto the bead. If you don't want to bother with mixing up epoxy or anything like that, you could just use super glue. I just prefer the epoxy because i think its a stronger bond.
Mix together some 2 part epoxy and use that to glue the clay back onto the bead.
If you don’t want to bother with mixing up epoxy or anything like that, you could just use super glue. I just prefer the epoxy because i think its a stronger bond.
Also, make sure you don't do this right over your puddle of epoxy...
Also, make sure you don’t do this right over your puddle of epoxy…
But thankfully I made another one as back up! Set it aside to cure.
But thankfully I made another one as back up!
Set it aside to cure.
Attach a jump ring to the bead.
Attach a jump ring to the bead.
And thread the chain on.
And thread the chain on.
Close the chain. I didn't use any clasps for this necklace because it was big enough to fit around my head. Of course if you want to make a shorter version you can always shorten the chain and add a clasp.
Close the chain.
I didn’t use any clasps for this necklace because it was big enough to fit around my head. Of course if you want to make a shorter version you can always shorten the chain and add a clasp.
And then it's done! Ta da!
And then it’s done! Ta da!
Roll the clay into a log, taper the ends and curl into a C shape like before.
Roll the clay into a log, taper the ends and curl into a C shape like before.
Instead of cutting it in half, stick an eye pin into the middle.
Instead of cutting it in half, stick an eye pin into the middle.
Bake it.
Bake it.
Paint a band in the middle with liquid gold leaf paint. Or silver. Or copper. Or whatever you want!
Paint a band in the middle with liquid gold leaf paint. Or silver. Or copper. Or whatever you want!
Thread it onto a chain.
Thread it onto a chain.
Close the chain up...
Close the chain up…
And you're done!
And you’re done!
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  1. December 8, 2015 at 9:59 am — Reply

    Just finished your book and I loved it. I was tinikhng with your vast experience you should write an article or webinar on how an artist can get his/her work branded. I’m off to create with all the inspiration I got from reading your book. My sketchbook was right next to me. Thank you for being you.

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