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Sunset Ombre Necklace Tutorial
This necklace project uses Kato PolyClay™ to create a pretty ombre effect that's easy to display on cable chain, or another jewelry chain of your choice. Created by: Tiffany White
Using a craft blade, cut each of 3 colors of polymer clay into small pieces. Keep each color of cut up pieces in separate piles.
Now, rearrange your pieces into 7 piles that include the following: all red, mostly red with some orange, mostly orange with some red, all orange, mostly orange with some yellow, mostly yellow with some orange, all yellow.
Blend the first pile with your hands, until you get a smooth consistent color. Warm hands are a great asset for this step!
A great way to hand blend colors is to roll the two colors between your hands until you form a "snake". Fold the snake in half and continue to roll the clay into another snake. Repeat this process until you have a smooth, blended color.
Repeat this blending process with each separate pile of cut up clay until you have 7 distinct colors of clay.
Roll each finished color into a 1 inch cylinder, then flatten it with a rolling pin or jumbo magic marker. Roll them about 1/4 inch thick.
After you've flattened all the colors, stack them like a rainbow. Now you've got an ombre cane.
Cut a thin slice of the cane and lay the bezel on top of the slice. Using your knife, trim the clay to the shape of the bezel.
Bake the polymer clay pendant on a sheet pan for 10-15 minutes at 275 degrees F.
Your baked focals are now finished! They will naturally have a matte finish. Optional: If you want to make them shiny, add a thin coat of resin spray.
Use wire cutters to cut the length of chain you want for your necklace (the length pictured is 16 inches).
Add an oval jump ring to one end of the chain, and add the lobster clasp with a second oval jump ring to the other end of the chain.
Attach the 10-inch jump ring to the finished pendant, and attach that ring to the chain with 2 more oval jump rings. Your necklace is done!
To make matching earrings, use the same polymer clay cane you already made for this necklace! See our Sunset Ombre Earrings Tutorial for the full how-to.