We love modern and colorful half-moon necklaces that also look like wearable art. They鈥檙e unique and one-of-a-kind, just like you! When we saw this beautiful Anthropologie Ceramic Necklace ($58), we loved everything about it 鈥 except the price tag. Ceramic pieces can be expensive (and fragile), so we鈥檙e showing you how to use budget-friendly oven-bake clay to make a DIY copycat. If you鈥檝e never used oven-bake clay, you鈥檒l be surprised at the cool complex patterns you can create (check out our marbled jewelry dishes!). And the best part: You don鈥檛 need a kiln!

DIY Half Moon Necklace | Brit + Co

Materials + Tools

  • 鈥 oven-bake clay (orange, white, blue, mint)
  • 鈥 X-ACTO聽knife
  • 鈥 rolling pin
  • 鈥 gold acrylic paint
  • 鈥 black cording rope
  • 鈥 toothpick
  • 鈥 small paintbrush
  • 鈥 sandpaper (optional)
DIY Half Moon Necklace | Brit + Co

Instructions:

1. Form a ball of white clay, and roll it out flat to about a 1/4-inch thickness with your rolling pin on a clean surface.

2. To blend different colors of clay into your pendant, form a small ball of colored clay and place it on the white clay. With the rolling pin, flatten it into the white clay.

3. Continue by adding blue, mint and marbled clay (repeating the process from step 2).

4. With a sharp X-ACTO knife, cut the clay into a half-moon shape for your pendant.

5. Using a toothpick, poke one hole in each corner of the pendant where the rope will go.

6. Bake the pendant according to package instructions, approximately eight minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Once the clay has been baked and cooled, you can use fine grit sandpaper to smooth any rough edges (this is optional).

7. Paint a gold stripe at the top of the pendant and gold polka dots on the pendant face.

8. Loop the rope through one hole of your pendant, knot it securely and repeat for the other hole.

  1. Process1To begin, form a ball of white clay and roll it聽flat to about a 1/4-inch thickness using聽your rolling pin on a clean surface or wax paper.

    To blend different colors of clay into your pendant, form a small ball of orange clay and place it on the white clay. With the rolling pin, flatten it into the white clay. Continue these steps to add blue clay and mint clay.

  2. Process2To create a marbled spot on the pendant, twist the聽blue and white clay together. Then roll it in the palm of your hand until the colors combine into a marbled effect. Once again, form the marbled clay into a ball and flatten it into the white clay with a rolling pin.
  3. Process3Once you have a design that you like, use聽an X-ACTO聽knife to slice through the clay to create a half-moon shape. You can create the shape freehand and trim more clay off as needed.聽Using a toothpick, poke one hole in each corner of the pendant where the rope will go. Make sure the holes are large enough for your rope to fit through.

    Bake the pendant according to package instructions, approximately eight minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius). Once the clay has been baked and cooled, you can use fine grit sandpaper to smooth any bumps or rough edges聽(this is optional).聽Paint a gold stripe at the top of the pendant and gold polka dots on the pendant face. For the final step, measure the rope to the length you鈥檇 like your necklace to hang, and cut it. Loop the rope through one hole, knot it securely and repeat for the other hole.

  4. DIY Half Moon Necklace | Brit + CoThrow on this bold and beautiful necklace to complete your outfit!
  5. DIY Half Moon Necklace | Brit + CoShow us your original clay creations on Instagram, and remember to use the hashtag #iamcreative!

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