Jul 4, 2012

Kenneth Jay Lane Strawberry Necklace


Sweet! This cute necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane looks like a piece of candy! Best of all, you can make it yourself and save about $115. Super sweet!
Red is traditional, but I am NOT a traditionalist.


Yes, mine is turquoise. Why not?


All you need is some leftover polymer clay and a few more "ingredients"....


Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are polymer clays, clear lacquer, a paintbrush, gold acrylic paint, a long chain, and iron-on metal studs (like those ones for t-shirts on the sticky backing). You will also need a length of thick wire or a headpin with a loop, and a jumpring.



Step 2: Shape your clay into a strawberry shape. Roll into ball and gently pinch the one end to make it elongated. No, make about 8 little teardrop nuggets, these will be for the strawberry petals. 



Step 3: Flatten those teardrops and attach them to the top of the strawberry. Flip them up a little at the end to mimic a real strawberry. Take your length of wire or headpin with the top looped and stick through the top of the strawberry, press down far to secure. Make sure only a little bit of the loop sticks out, so that it's not totally noticeable. After baking, you can add some superglue around this spot if you like to make sure the wire won't pull out of the strawberry.



Step 4: Take your little stud decal; pick off one of the gold studs and press into your strawberry. Continue all around to add seeds on all sides, make sure you press the studs far down to secure.
Now bake your strawberry. I do about 125 degrees in a toaster oven for 25 minutes or so. Paint the top petals with the gold acrylic paint, and cover all in a clear lacquer to finish. Add to chain with a jumpring.


Delicious- you're all set!




45 comments:

  1. This is INCREDIBLE! I must make it! You've done a killer job!
    xx
    Lia
    Smart n Snazzy

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  2. how do you connect the strawberry to the findings?

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  3. as shown in step three, you set either a looped headpin or wire piece deep into the strawberry so only the loop sticks out. this is the loop you attach to the chain, with a jumpring.

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  4. Fantastic!!! Found your site through Craftgawker, and I'm so glad I did.. you do amazing work! Happy to be your newest follower :)

    Jen
    http://drawingsunderthetable.blogspot.ca/

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  5. LOVE it! Very cute! I like that you made the actual pendent. :)

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  6. I am so making this! This is the kind of project that gets me excited to dig out my polymer clay! Thanks so much for posting!

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  7. What gold paint are you using? (Like the brand and color name)

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  8. it's folk art #660 metallic pure gold. it took some coats since the paint is a bit watery but it turned out fine!

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  9. So fabulous! I love how easy your DIYs are, but with such a HUGE impact!

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  10. I love the pictures, it looks like a perfect storebought one! :)

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  11. This is ADORABLE. I love the unique color choice.
    Any chance you would be willing to take orders? Etsy perhaps?

    I unfortunately don't own most of the supplies you listed and equally unfortunately have limited artistic ability.

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  12. I would love to take your order :). Do you have an email address? Or Etsy account?

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    1. what mm size are the studs and any suggestions on where to get them? I have looked all over a no luck. LOVE this though and can't wait to get started on it! Thanks for sharing.

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    2. I have both!
      However I only go on Esty occasionally so email is best.
      monika.mierzejewski@gmail.com

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  13. This is so pretty! I was looking for crafts to do with my friend and this will work perfectly!

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  14. Oh my god, your DIY versions of expensive jewelry are amazing! This looks so perfect!

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  15. if you do not have a toaster oven what temp would you suggest for a regular oven?

    Thank you the strawberries are adorable

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    1. Each kind of polymer clay has a baking temperature listed on the package, and suggested length of time to bake. I work in polymer clay a LOT, so let me offer some hard earned knowledge. Make sure you bake it at the temperature recommended; to NOT let it go more then 10 or so degrees above temperature. But it IS helpful to bake it for LONGER than the package calls for... it makes it sturdier. If you don't bake it at least long enough, it can remain uncured in the center, and that will make it weak in the long run.
      So... bring it up to the temperature recommended (use a oven thermometer!) and NO HIGHER.... and bake it twice as long to make it stronger.
      Debbie G - Member Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild (scpcg.org)

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  16. I love strawberries..OMG cant wait to try this!

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  17. for a regular oven I wouldn't go above 200 degrees just to be safe.

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  18. ok thank you, oh for how long should it be in the oven?

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  19. it depends on the type of clay, but I'd say at least 30 minutes. make sure the clay doesn't darken too much because with more time in the oven clay darkens.

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  20. How do you get the mustache cursor? I have a blogspot blog too and I cannot find any way to change the cursor.

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  21. Wow!! I really love this necklace!! What kind of polymer clay do you use? I use fimo or premo

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  22. I used sculpey clay I think. But it shouldn't matter, they should all work good if you've got a good brand.

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  23. For the cursor I had to change the html code.

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  24. Your nails are awesome! Did you do them yourself?

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  25. yes! I have the tutorial on my blog go to the style page!

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  26. Made it and love it!!!!

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  27. WOW....I am so amazed. I bought a strawberry from claire's but now that i know i can make it myself i'd love to have different colors as well. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks

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  28. what kind of clear lacquer do u use? is there another name for it? cant seem to find it anywhere =/

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    1. From someone who has worked in polymer clay for over 10 years - it's VERY important to use only finishes (like lacquer) that are polymer clay safe. Over time, it's been found that many 'sealers' seem to work just fine when applied, but months later start getting goopy and sticky, ruining your art. A bit of 'searching' online will bring you to all sorts of sites that can tell you what finishes work and what don't. For instance, to NOT use clear nail polish!
      DebbieG - Polymer Clay Artist

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  29. It's Clear Gloss Glaze by Delta. You can find it at Michael's or JoAnn Fabrics.

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  30. unfortunately im in cyprus and i have to order it online. thanx for the info though, very useful ;)

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  31. my bad, stores are online ^ ^

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  32. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the colors you use - earth tones are great for some things, but I am a color lover! Nice project you have done here.

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  33. I like the DIY strawberry a lot more than the designer one.

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  34. It was nice of you to acknowledge the one by Kenneth Jay Lane, but I like yours' much more and I love the turquoise! Great job, TFS!

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  35. Yours is better than the original!

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