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Rune Necklace

Here is my second instructable.So recently a friend and I have been reading The Mortal Instruments, and I decided to make her a Christmas present. After a bit of thinking, I chose to make a rune necklace, in particular the rune of angelic power (this rune is also the easiest to draw, lol).


Here is what you will need:

  1. A necklace chain or string
  2. Polymer clay (your choice of colour)
  3. Acrylic paint (your choice of colour)
  4. Tiny metal jewelry rings
  5. Pliers

Step 1: Soften the clay, then roll it out.

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The clay needs to be about the thickness of a ten-pence, and the size somewhere in between a ten-pence and a fifty-pence. You can alter the size to your needs, say if you make earrings.

Step 2: Cut out the shape with a cutter or a template and knife.

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Craft knives are recommended for cutting clay, as they are sharp and won't tug the clay out of shape.

Step 3: Pierce the clay with a kebab stick or a piercer.

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My dad does own a piercer with his craft knife set, but I couldn't be bothered to use it ;) a cocktail or kebab skewer works just as well. Be very careful when lifting the shaped and flattened disc of clay from the board, as it can pull out of shape.

Step 4: Time to bake!

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Bake your clay according to the instructions on the packet. Skip if you use air-drying clay.

Step 5: Wash your hands.

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Washing your hands is an important step in using clay. It removes any clay from your hands, preventing you from ingesting any and getting sick, and it also prevents colour transfer from your hands onto the clay you are now handling. This is especially important when handling both light and dark clay.

Step 6: Sketch, then begin painting your design.

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Don't rush this step, otherwise you'll end up with a messy pendant. A thin brush is recommended.

Step 7: Attach the pendant to the necklace.

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You're going to have to bend open the tiny ring with the pliers. Then , thread it through the hole you made in the clay. Finally, push the necklace chain inside and use the pliers again to close up the ring.

Step 8: Done!

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Enjoy your necklace!