I’m an absolute coffee addict. I need at least three cups of coffee in the morning before functioning normally and I consider Latte’s an absolute treat. I got inspired to make a necklace based on the colours of a Latte Macchiato and the result was very satisfying!
If you need to brush up on your bead making skills, you can find the tutorial here.
For this project, you will make beads in three different colours, representing the different layers of a Latte macchiato: the white foam on top, the coffee-with-cream colour, and finally the coffee-coloured layer below.
Once you’ve made these different beads, you’ll bake them in the oven and assemble them into a necklace. I will guide you through each of the steps without making the tutorial overly complicated.
Please enjoy yourself during this project and get yourself some coffee!
- Polymer Clay n° 0: White
- Polymer Clay n° 70: Sahara
- Polymer Clay n° 7 : Caramel
- Sharp knife
- A baking dish
- Nylon thread
- A piece of metal chain
- Pliers and scissors
- Jump rings and clasps
Step one: white foam beads
Start by making beads in white polymer clay. Put them in the oven dish once you’re done with this colour.
Step Two: coffee-with-cream coloured beads
For these beads, you will need to mix some of the Caramel clay and some of the Sahara clay. This is the ratio I used, and I made this twice to have enough beads.
Looks yummie, doesn’t it!! I absolutely love these colours.
Make sure that the colours are completely mixed in order to obtain a homogenous colour in the end. Unless, of course, you like it this way.
Once you’re done with these beads, put them in the oven dish.
Step Three: dark-coffee-coloured beads
The coffee colour is obtained by mixing the Caramel colour with some White polymer clay.
I ended up using much more caramel coloured clay than on the picture below. The ratio should be: 2 parts of caramel vs. 1 part of white clay.
Mix well untill you have a homogenous colour.
Make the beads and put them in the oven dish.
Step Four: let’s bake some!
Read the instructions on the package carefully and bake your beads according to the instructions. This should take around 30 minutes at 110°C or 230°F for regular Fimo.
Step Five: assemble your necklace
Once your beads are baked, take them out of the oven and let them cool down. Sit down at a table or a working space, and start assembling your necklace.
Take a jump ring and make sure you’ve completely closed it with your pliers. Now, cut of a long piece of nylon thread and knot it to the jump ring. String the beads onto the nylon thread. Repeat this for all of the colours. You will make three separate rows of beads.
As you can see, you will need more beads on the row at the bottom. Make sure to fit out the different rows on the table before attaching them to jump ring.
Now that you’ve completed the three rows of beads, you can close the row by attaching and knotting the nylon thread to a second jump ring. Select a larger jump ring and attach all three of the rows.
The last step is to cut the metal chain to the appropriate length of your neck. Make sure to fit the necklace in front of a mirror before sealing it off with a clasp.
And voilà! You have just made your own necklace from scratch. I hope you’re just as much of a coffee addict as I am ;-).