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By Patty Cox

New Zealand


When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!


Main supplies:

  • Green and white oven bake clay
  • 36” Pacon® nylon filament
  • e beads - your choice of color
  • small plastic knife
  • wax paper and masking tape
  • plastic drinking straw
  • toothpick
  • Rolling pin

Note: protect your work surface by taping wax paper to the table or counter.

1. Work a piece of green clay about the size of a half dollar in your hand until soft. Add small bits of white clay - working into green but not completely - so streaks of white show in the clay. Roll out the clay to about a 4” square about 1/4” thick.
2. Use a paper towel tube as a cookie cutter or a small glass. Cut out circle with plastic knife. Use a drinking straw to cut away a small center circle from the middle of clay pendant. Take pattern and cut out. Lay on top of clay circle and trim clay to spiral shape. Remove excess clay. Make hole at top of pendant with toothpick for stringing. Place pendant on a cookie sheet in the oven - 275 degrees for about 15 min. (follow package instructions)
4. Optional: For a glossy finish, paint a coat of varnish over entire pendant. Let dry.
5. Beading: Cut a 36” length nylon filament. Fold filament in half. Insert folded loop through top hole in pendant. Bring filament ends through loop, creating a Lark’s Head knot. Add e beads on each length of nylon filament. Knot necklace ends securely. Thread filament ends back through several beads.

Pacon® nylon filament

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