It’s always fun to break the rules, or at least stretch them or bend them a little! One of my favorite ways of doing that is to find new and unusual uses for jewelry findings.
In a recent video I showed how you could make your own polymer clay toggle clasp findings. I decided to bend and stretch, quite literally, that concept to make these heart toggle clasps that function not only as the closure for the necklace, but as a focal pendant.
Although I used a heart shape, you can make your pendants any shape you want. Use any kind of clay sheet you want to create them, decorate them with anything you like. In short, use this idea as a jumping off place for your own creativity!
The flower and leaf canes that are used are very simple and basic.
Here are links to tutorials you may find useful if you are new to polymer clay caning. If you’d like me to make a video showing how I made my leaves & flowers, leave a comment & let me know.
In next week’s video I will show you how to add beads and dangles to turn this clasp into a necklace.
Tools & Materials:
- scraps of polymer clay to make stripey background
- flower & leaf canes
- acrylic roller
- heart cutter
- 3/4″ circle cutter
- clay blade
- ball tool
- 2mm hot fix crystals
- crystal pick up tool, inexpensive or pricey
Enjoy the video and happy creating!
Watch the Heart Toggle Pendants Pt.1-Polymer Clay Jewelry Findings Tutorial video at YouTube.
Watch the Heart Toggle Pendants Pt.2-Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.