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Diy Frankenstein Necklace

Well I always have loved the strange and unusual, and with my girlfriend's birthday coming up I figured what's better than matching Frankenstein necklaces? I've seen some for sale here and there but they all tend to be latex and don't really look that good to me. So it was time to go with some DIY ingenuity. This is a really simple project and was actually my first time working with clay and even I could figure it out.

Step 1: Supplies

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For this all you need is modeling clay in whatever colors you want, thread (I used some leftover from car upholstery) a knife, wire for the latch, a safety pin or needle and pliers. I also used a guitar pick to help shape the clay.

Step 2: The Base

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to make the base of the stitches take your base color and cut it into an X shape pattern

Step 3: The Stiches

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the next thing you have to do is push groves into the X shape. Then pick your next color and roll it into a small enough roll to fit into the grove and then smooth it out.

Step 4: The Latch

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to make the latches I went with a simple hook and O design. I used some old guitar strings bent onto shape since its what I had on hand. Once you have the shape take one of the X's and cut it in half, then lay the wire on top of it and cover it with the other half. Finally push grooves in it and add your secondary color.

Step 5: Finishing Steps

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The last step before you bake the clay is the make a hole through all the pieces so you can run thread through them. To bake the clay just follow the instructions on the package since many of them differ on time and heat.

Step 6: Sewing It Up

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finally just run the thread through all the X's, I ran it through in the pattern I did so that they stay spaced out and don't randomly slide around.