DIY Baked Clay Pendants

The last, long days of summer are here. There are still warm rivers to swim in, moons to howl at, and garden parties to crash before autumn’s chilly winds blow in. These chunky, unique pendants are the perfect boho accessory for the dog days of summer – easy, natural, and as golden as the August sun.

What you’ll need:

  • Oven-bake clay in a natural colour
  • Liquid gold or copper leaf, and an old paintbrush
  • A length of leather, chain, or ribbon
  • Tools for shaping – a rolling pin, a cup, a sharp knife, and a wooden pencil
  1. Roll out your clay to a thickness of about 1/2 inch.
  2. Press your cup rim-down into the clay, creating a circle.
  3. Cut this circle in half with the knife.
  4. Press your pencil, eraser-side down, into the flat side of the clay, creating a hole to thread your ribbon or chain through.
  5. Bake by the instructions on the package.
  6. Let cool and harden completely, at least one hour.
  7. Dip one edge of your pendant into the liquid gold leaf, or paint it on in patterns. I dry-brushed a little liquid gold leaf on, and I love how the texture came out! Let dry completely.
  8. Thread your length of chain, leather, or ribbon, and voila!

Written by Paige Leigh Reist