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. 

Evergreen Stamped Bracelet

Evergreen Stamped Bracelet

Jewelry makes a great special occasion gift, but it’s even more precious when it’s handmade. Air-dry clay is used to make this fun and unique bracelet with limitless creative possibilities

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Materials Needed

  • 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.

Cut Clay

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).

Evergreen Stamped Bracelet

Evergreen Stamped Bracelet

Step 1:Roll Out Clay On a clean and dry work surface, roll out clay to approximately 1/8 inch thickness with a rolling pin.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Shape Clay

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.

Evergreen Stamped Bracelet

Evergreen Stamped Bracelet

Step 3: Shape Clay 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 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.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

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.

Evergreen Stamped Bracelet

Evergreen Stamped Bracelet

Step 4: 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.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

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. 

Evergreen Stamped Bracelet

Evergreen Stamped Bracelet

Step 5: 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.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

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