Sometimes the best projects come from just rummaging around in your craft stash. I had a bunch of aqua sequins sitting in my craft room for years, patiently waiting for a project they would be perfect for. I embedded the sequins in a pendant bezel filled with jewelry clay to create this fun one-of-a-kind piece. Let everyone know you are a mermaid at heart by making sparkling mermaid jewelry with sequins!
SPARKLING MERMAID JEWELRY WITH SEQUINS
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A MERMAID PENDANT
Jewelry clay makes jewelry making super easy. You mix the clay together and press it into a bezel like play-dough. Then you can embed all kinds of embellishments into the clay. Once the clay cures, the embellishments are permanently secured!
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HOW TO MAKE A SEQUIN MERMAID PENDANT
EnviroTex Jewelry Clay is a two-part epoxy clay that allows you to embed embellishments permanently into your hand made jewelry pieces.
Make a Mermaid Pendant
- Mix together the jewelry clay.
Glove up, and remove equal parts of clay A and clay B. I grabbed enough clay to make two pendants. Mix and roll the two parts together to activate the epoxy.
- Mix until the clay is a uniform color.
You will feel the clay get warmer as you work. Don’t worry, that is what is supposed to happen!
- Fill a bezel with the jewelry clay.
Carefully smooth the mixed clay into a square pendant bezel making sure to work the clay into the corners of the bezel.
- Embed sequins into the jewelry clay.
Begin embedding the sequins into the clay starting at the bottom of the bezel. Use crafting tweezers to push the top of each sequin into the clay as seen below.
- Continue layering the sequins.
Place another row of sequins just above this row, staggering the position of the sequins and allowing them to overlap the previous row. You will have to cut one sequin in half with scissors to fill in spaces on the left and right sides of this row.
- Keep going!
Continue this same process, always staggering the rows, all the way up the bezel.
- Finish with one last row of sequins.
When you get to the top row of the bezel, cut the sequins in half again. This time place the cut side of each sequin at the top of the bezel.
- Clean up the clay.
Use a toothpick to make sure each sequin is properly lined up and firmly embedded in the clay. You can also use the toothpick to gently scrape up any clay that may have poked out around the sequins.
- Let the clay cure.
Follow the package directions for allowing the jewelry clay to cure.
Enjoy your new sequin mermaid jewelry! If you alter the colors of the sequins in this project you can get more of a dragon look as well.