How to Make a Stamped Clay Bracelet
Jewelry makes a great special occasion gift, but it's even more memorable when it's made by hand. For a handmade gift they'll love wearing, shape air-dry clay into a customized bracelet with limitless creative possibilities.
- rolling pin
- air-dry clay in desired color
- clay-shaping tools (a kitchen knife, pencil, etc. can also be used)
- leather bracelet with clasp (or ribbon, twine, etc.)
- fresh evergreen sprig (or other item to add debossed design)
- cup or can for shaping clay
Roll Out Clay
On a clean and dry work surface, roll out clay to approximately 1/8" thickness with a rolling pin.
Use a wooden clay knife (or kitchen knife) to cut clay into desired shape (Image 1). Smooth out rough edges by wetting a finger with water and running it along the edge (Image 2).
Add a decorative edge, if desired. Push edge in with a wooden clay-shaping tool or the point of a pencil. Smooth out uneven areas with a wet finger. Use pointed tools to make a hole on either end of clay, through which leather bracelet (ribbon or twine) can be threaded. Make sure the hole is large enough for clasp end. Tip: Air-dry clay can be sanded once completely dry, so uneven edges, etc. can be sanded out later, if necessary.
Imprint Evergreen Sprig
Gently press evergreen sprig into clay to make desired pattern. Make sure holes remain large enough to thread clasp through after imprinting. Tip: Evergreens are just one idea for this bracelet, but the options are endless. Use stamps to make letters, dates, names or any design that would be special for the recipient. Even kid's fingerprints would make a sweet gift for moms.
Allow Clay to Dry
Allow clay to dry per manufacturer's instructions (usually 24-36 hours). In order to create a curve that will fit well on a wrist, allow the clay to dry on a cup or can to maintain a rounded shape. Tip: Air-dry clay can be painted once dry.
Thread Bracelet/Ribbon Through Clay
To make this new creation wearable, thread it onto a leather bracelet with a clasp (Images 1 and 2) or even use a simple ribbon or length of twine (Image 3). Tip: If opening isn't large enough, gently sand away clay until it's the proper size.