Halloween is always pretty fun for me each year, and this year spares no exception. I decided to go Disney this year because I went superhero last, and asked my mum to make me a Pocahontas costume because I absolutely adore her.
There was a bit of panic when I didn’t know what I wasn’t going to do for her necklace. At first I did my typical eBay/Amazon/Etsy search, however they all either came up too expensive or were sold out (in the case of Etsy). I then asked my mum if she could make me the necklace out of material, so she tried that but it didn’t looked that good. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a talented seamstress, but it just didn’t look right.
I then surfed DeviantArt and saw that most of the DIY necklaces were made out of something called polymer clay. The basic design was pretty easy to copy, all I had to figure out was how to connect the pieces all together. So, here’s my tutorial how to make your own Pocahontas-style necklace!
What you’ll need
- Two different colours of polymer clay. I used Fimo Soft and Effect in a sea green and turquoise colour
- Wire that can be easily shaped
- White paint for the pendant
The clay can be found in any local art shop. I used two packs for the main body and a little bit from one pack for the bits that connected the pieces together.
Before you start you should preheat your oven to 110 C/Gas Mark 1.
What’ll you wanna do is shape each piece to your desire. It took me a while because I wanted them to be pretty chunky although the clay is easy to shape, it takes a while for it to become soft enough to mould.
I used this picture as my reference, and I was pretty happy with the results. You can kind of guess how big your necklace should be – I took a rough guess and it turned out to be okay.
Once you’re happy with your pieces, get some wire that is easy to shape to thread through each piece to connect them together. I was kind of lucky in finding this wire, it was just lying around my house so I’m not too sure where you can get it. Although you could probably get it in a local art shop, as well.
You’ll also want to make a pendant shape out of the remaining clay for the middle piece. Thread wire through this also, so it’s easy to connect to the whole necklace.
Once you’ve connected the whole necklace, place it on some foil and stick it in the oven for a maximum for 30 minutes.
When you take it out, it should be hardened and darkened in colour. Leave it to cool to room temperature before you wear the piece. For the pendant I just got some white poster paint and painted it all over, then attached it to the middle. Tada! Your very own Pocahontas necklace. 🙂 Click here to see my outfit. Happy Halloween, everybody!