Clay Play! JEWELRY

Clay Play! JEWELRY

by Terry Taylor


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"A brilliant book. What makes it work so well are the incredibly clear and simple photos. I highly recommend this for anyone who fancies a fun craft they can do with children or just for themselves!" — A House of Books
"I would definitely recommend this book for anyone wanting to get started working with clay. The instructions are clear and there are great pictures for every item." — DaVinci Homeschool Group
Transform simple balls and coils of polymer clay into fabulous wearable art! Just follow these full-color, step-by-step photos and clear directions to create more than 40 whimsical jewelry projects plus 10 types of beads. Playful possibilities include tempting food charms (cupcake, burger, and other favorite snacks); cute critter earrings and pendants (butterfly, dog, frog, penguin, and more); plus other fashionable tiny treasures.
Projects are graded according to level of difficulty, and each comes with a list of materials consisting of colored clay and common household products. Instructions feature numbers that correspond to color photos of easy-to-follow examples. Crafters of all ages will love these fun-filled projects and their charming results, which make great keepsakes and unique gifts.
"It's just an excellent book and so colorfully illustrated book with wonderful jewelry projects to craft up in clay. I would recommend this book for clay and jewelry lovers, it's perfect for everyone and so simple to create!" — Test Try Results

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486799445
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 01/14/2016
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,189,781
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Designer and illustrator Terry Taylor lives and works in Westchester County, just north of New York City. She received her BA in Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Oswego and has more than 24 years of experience in creating unique designs and illustrations for children and adults. Her specialty is dimensional clay artwork.

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Clay Play Jewelry

By Terry Taylor

Dover Publications, Inc.

Copyright © 2016 Terry Taylor Studio
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-486-81009-6


Tools and Supplies

Tools to get started: You will need tweezers, craft sticks, paperclips, toothpicks, a needle, scissors, a palatte knife or kitchen knife, chopsticks, wooden skewers, jewelry pliers, wire cutters, and wire. You will also need aluminum foil, wax paper, parchment paper, and a flat metal baking pan.

Organizing Tips!

Keep your tools handy in a box or plastic bag and use them only for clay.

Recycle empty egg cartons to store beads, and other small jewelry-making supplies.

Gloss it up!

If you want to make your jewelry shiny, you will need polymer clay glaze and a small brush.

Jewelry Hardware: These are also called jewelry findings. They are small pieces of metal that you attach to your clay creations to make jewelry. The findings come in gold, silver, and other finishes. You will need eye pins, jump rings, and fish-hook ear wires.


You can find all your supplies online or in a local arts & crafts or hobby store.

Cording: To make necklaces you will need stringing cord or elastic cord. It comes in a variety of colors. Necklaces are easier to make with elastic cord because it requires no metal fasteners, just a knot. Pick a color that goes best with your clay pendant or handmade beads.

Beads: They come in a rainbow of colors and sizes. Start with your handmade beads, pendants, or charms as the main part of your jewelry. Choose store-bought beads that complement your handmade pieces to build your necklaces and bracelets. This is an easier way to create special jewelry without having to make hundreds of beads.

Mix it up!

Did you know you can blend polymer clay to make new colors? Make some new colors by mixing to make a new hue!

All of the projects in this book were made with polymer clay. Polymer clay is a plastic based clay. It comes in a full range of colors available at craft stores and online art or hobby supply stores. Polymer clay doesn't dry out when exposed to air. Store unused or newly mixed clay in plastic bags to prevent it from getting dirty.


Polymer Clay Basics

1. Work Surface: Use a piece of wax paper on a hard flat surface. Making your project on paper will keep your work from sticking to the table and make turning it easier. Be careful when working on wood; polymer clay can stain the wood surface.

2. Conditioning Clay: The first step before making any polymer clay project is conditioning the clay. Soften the polymer clay in your hands by squeezing it in your fingers, repeat the process until the clay is not crumbly and forms a ball without cracking. When you are able to roll a ball and flatten it with no cracks, the clay is ready to use. Wash your hands with soap and water between clay colors to keep your colors clean.

3. Making a Ball: Roll the clay in a circular motion in the palm of your hands to form a ball for basic building. For smaller sized balls use your finger tip to roll the ball in the palm of your hand.

4. Making twisted color coils: Gather some clay in different colors; roll it in your hands until clay is smooth and the surface has no cracks. Then follow the rolling coils steps on the next page. After you have a length of coil, hold one end of the coil still with your hand and roll the other end away from you to make a spiral color clay coil. When one side is twisted to your liking, hold the other end and repeat the process until the whole coil has spiral colors.

5. Making a Cone Shape: Make a ball of clay and then place it on your work surface and with one or two fingers roll one side of the ball to form a point.

6. Rolling Coils: To make a coil from the clay, start by rolling the clay into a ball. Place the ball on the table and roll gently back and forth in one direction. It is important not to put too much pressure on the clay as you are rolling it; that will flatten or make the coil uneven.

7. Making short fat coils: Start by making a ball of clay, and then roll it back and forth on the work surface. Stop rolling when the clay looks like the picture.

8. Flattening Clay: Flatten conditioned clay with your finger, or a wooden craft stick, or roll with a chopstick against a hard surface.

Storing unused clay: Store unused clay in plastic sandwich bags to keep it clean. Polymer clay remains soft until baked even if it is exposed to the air for a long time.

Make it bigger or smaller: You have a great pair of earrings, but what about the matching pendant? You can make a matching larger pendant or smaller earrings by using the same directions. To make a smaller charm, use the next smaller size ball of clay. For instance, if the directions say to use a size C ball of clay, use a size B ball of clay instead. To make a larger size charm use the next larger size clay ball.

Bead and charm drying rack: When you glaze your beads and charms you will need a place for them to dry. Make a simple drying rack by using a shoe box top. Place paperclips along the edge of the upturned box lid, and thread a skewer through the paperclips. Hang earrings hooks over the skewers, use paperclips to hang charms and pendants while they are drying. Beads can be strung on skewers or hung on a wire.

Baking your finished project: Use rolled up aluminum foil under each of the skewers to bake your beads suspended. This helps them keep their shape. Bake your completed project in a conventional oven on a baking tray lined with white parchment paper. It is best to keep your baking tray just for clay and not to use it for food again. Cooking times and temperatures will vary based on the type of polymer clay you are using. Follow baking directions on your package of clay.

Using the Clay Size Chart: To use the clay size chart, roll a ball of clay and place it over the chart to measure the amount of clay. Add or take away clay so that the ball of clay is the same size as the circle.


Jewelry Basics

What are findings? These are little pieces of metal that you attach to your clay creations to turn them into jewelry. They are also sometimes called jewelry hardware. The findings come in gold, silver and other finishes. Jewelry findings are available at arts and crafts stores and online.

1. Eye pins: We will use these for creating charms, earrings, and pendants. Gold finish or silver finish will work for the projects in this book. Look for eye pins that are about ½ inch (or 1 cm) long.

2. Fish-hook ear wires: These earring hooks work well for attaching clay charms. This type of hook requires a pair of jewelry pliers to attach it to the eye pin.

3. Attaching fish-hook ear wires: To make an earring, twist open the end loop and thread the eye pin through the open loop; close the loop with jewelry pliers.

4. Jump rings: Use jump rings connected to the eye pin to make a larger loop in order to string a necklace cord through or connect a charm to a chain or beaded bracelet.

5. Using jump rings: Jump rings are made to be opened by twisting. Twist to open the jump ring, don't pull it apart. Twist back into place and squeeze with fingers or jewelry pliers to close. They are ideal for attaching charms to chain bracelets, and making a pendant.

6. Measuring eye pins: To determine if your eye pin is the right size for your clay artwork, set it next to your piece. Use wire cutters to trim the eye pin to the right size. Protect your eyes while cutting by wearing safety glasses.

7. Adding eye pins to clay: While the clay is still unbaked, press an eye pin into the clay to make a connection point for other findings. If, after the piece is baked, the eye pin is loose, remove the eye pin, add a small dab of glue to the end, and replace it in the hole. Wait for glue to dry before assembling jewelry.

Safely Snip!

Wire cutters are sharp; use them carefully. Clip wires that need to be shortened inside a plastic bag. Put your hand with the cutter and wire to be clipped inside the bag. Hold the finding securely through the bag then cut the wire. This will keep the snipped off bits of metal safely inside the bag.

8. Piercing beads: Make a hole with a skewer or toothpick through the bead. Twist the skewer as you are making the hole to help drill it out. Remove skewer and insert it from the opposite side to make the hole the same diameter all the way through.

9. Stringing Pendants and Charms: Make a pendant or charm ready to add to a necklace or bracelet by adding a jump ring. Thread a cord though the jump ring.

10. Stringing beads: Use stiff cord that is able to pass through the hole in your beads. Press it through the opening in the bead until the cord comes out the other side. Pull the cord through the bead. To make a necklace or bracelet, alternate beads with charms and pendants. Use tweezers to grab the end of the cord if needed.

11. Glazing your jewelry: If you want your jewelry to be shiny you can paint your jewelry and beads with a protective coating of glaze. Glaze comes in glossy or satin finishes. Polymer glaze is available at craft stores and online art or hobby supply stores. Use a brush and apply a thin layer of glaze on your finished project. Paint a second coat after the first coat is dry. Let the glaze dry for 24 hours before handling. Make a drying rack to hang the jewelry on while drying. You don't have to glaze final pieces; it is optional, they are perfectly fine unglazed.


Tasty Treats

Make some delicious-looking earrings or a luscious necklace! Satisfy your sweet tooth by making a dessert bracelet. Dish up some sweet or savory jewelry. This chapter shows you how to make clay look almost good enough to eat.


Bacon, Egg, & Cheese


Roll one ball of clay sized for each letter.

Egg: White C, Yellow B

Bacon: White A, Brown C

Cheese: Yellow C


1. Egg: Roll a ball of yellow clay and a short fat coil for the white clay. Roll brown clay for bacon into a coil.

2. Flatten and stretch the white clay for the egg until it resembles a bean shape. Add the yellow ball to the middle of the white and press gently to attach.

3. Bacon: Flatten the brown coil with a roller or your finger. Roll a long thin coil of white. Place the white coil over the brown and separate into two lines of white.

4. Press the white coils into the brown clay and trim off both ends of the coil with a knife.

5. Gently pull the strip of clay to lengthen it and make it thinner.

6. Pull out gently on the edge of the strip of clay to make it look wavy. Add more wave to the strip by arching the strip a few times. You can place the finished bacon over the egg and press gently to attach or leave it separate. Add an eye pin to your finished piece.

7. Cheese: Flatten the yellow clay and trim off the sides to form a square shape.

8. Use a needle or a ball end clay tool to add indents or holes in the square. Be sure to make some of your holes on the edge. Add an eye pin to your finished piece.

Ask an adult to bake your finished project in the oven on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Follow the baking directions of the polymer clay manufacturer listed on the package.

Pizza & Hamburger


Roll one ball of clay sized for each letter.

Pizza: Yellow C, Tan B, Red AAA, Green A

Hamburger: Tan CC, Light Green B, Brown B, Red B, Tiny bits of white for seeds.


1. Pizza: Roll balls of clay in colors and sizes as directed.

2. Roll yellow clay into a cone and flatten with your finger. Make a coil with the tan clay that is just long enough to form the crust. Add three flattened red balls for pepperoni and one green coil to make a pepper.

3. Add an eye pin to the pizza. Press gently to avoid distorting the shape of the pizza slice.

4. Hamburger: Roll balls of clay in colors and sizes as directed.

5. Take the two balls of tan clay and flatten one to make the bottom of the hamburger bun. To make the top bun, press gently around the edges of the ball to flatten only the bottom of the clay. Leave the top rounded for the top bun. Use the brown clay flattened to form the hamburger. Place in the middle of the bottom bun and add texture with the pin.

6. Flatten the light green clay in your fingers to make it very thin. Wave the clay and pinch it together to make a lettuce leaf.

7. Add the clay lettuce to the hamburger. Cut the red clay in half and flatten to make tomatoes. Add the clay tomatoes on top of the lettuce. Put the bun top on the hamburger and press gently to attach. Roll little bits of white clay to make five or six seeds for the top of the bun.

8. Add an eye pin to your hamburger.

Add eye pin to finished pieces to make earrings or charms. To create a bead, make a hole through your finished piece with a toothpick.

Ask an adult to bake your finished project in the oven on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Follow the baking directions of the polymer clay manufacturer listed on the package.

French Fries & Hot Dog


Roll one ball of clay sized for each letter.

French Fries: Yellow C, White C, Blue A

Hot Dog: Red B, Brown B, Tan C, Yellow B


1. French Fries: Roll balls of clay in colors and sizes as directed.

2. Roll the yellow clay into a long thin coil. Use gentle pressure while rolling to keep your coil from flattening out. Fold the coil back and forth to make four lines. Cut the coil to make the french fries. Stack the cut pieces together to make a bunch of french fries. Press gently on the bottom end to keep them together.

3. Flatten the white clay by rolling it with a round chopstick or roller. Wrap the white clay around the stack of french fries, overlapping it on the back. Pinch the bottom to close.

4. Make a thin coil of blue clay and add a stripe to the white wrapper. Press gently to attach.

5. Hot Dog: Roll balls of clay in colors and sizes as directed. Roll the tan into a short fat coil.

6. Mix red and brown clay together in your fingers until it is a reddish brown color. Roll the reddish brown color into a coil to make the hot dog. Cut the tan clay halfway through to make the hot dog bun.

7. Open tan clay along the cut and lay the clay hot dog in the open space, press gently to attach. Roll the yellow clay into a long thin coil to make the mustard.

8. Add the yellow coil in a curvy line on the top of the clay hot dog. Press the yellow clay onto the clay hot dog.

Add an eye pin to finished pieces to make earrings or charms. To create a bead, make a hole through your finished piece with a toothpick.

Ask an adult to bake your finished project in the oven on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Follow the baking directions of the polymer clay manufacturer listed on the package.

Top that Dog!

Add your own favorite "toppings" to your hot dog! Relish, ketchup, onions, or pickles!


Excerpted from Clay Play Jewelry by Terry Taylor. Copyright © 2016 Terry Taylor Studio. Excerpted by permission of Dover Publications, Inc..
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents


Introduction, 4,
Tools and Supplies, 6,
Polymer Clay Basics, 8,
Jewelry Basics, 11,
Tasty Treats, 14,
Bacon, Egg, & Cheese, 16,
Pizza & Hamburger, 18,
French Fries & Hot Dog, 20,
Doughnut & Cupcake, 22,
Ice Cream Cone & Chocolate Chip Cookie, 24,
Animals & Birds, 26,
Panda & Bamboo, 28,
Lovebirds, 30,
Hamster Twins, 32,
Owl & Penguin, 34,
Frog, 36,
Puppy & Bone Beads, 38,
Kitty & Mouse Beads, 40,
Garden & Bugs, 42,
Butterfly, 44,
Ladybug & Bumble Bee, 46,
Caterpillar & Snail, 48,
Mushroom & Acorn, 50,
Rose & Daisy, 52,
Seasonal Sensations, 54,
Snowman & Wreath, 56,
Gingerbread Cookie & Candy Cane, 58,
Sun, Rainbow, & Cloud, 60,
Candy Corn & Pumpkin, 62,
Bat & Skull, 64,
Shamrock & Pot of Gold, 66,
Beads, 68,
Round & Oblong Beads, Square & Rectangle Beads, 70,
Cone, Triangle & Heart Beads, 72,
Spring & Striped Beads, Spiral, 74,
Jewelry Design Ideas, 76,
Dedication, 80,

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Clay Play! JEWELRY 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
NatoshaM More than 1 year ago
I love the book! It is packed with so many wonderful pieces you can create. The puppy dog is so cute as well as the ice cream cone and bat. There are easy to follow photos giving you each step by step, you need to do to create these cute objects. However, the book is bright, colorful and just so much fun to do on a weekend with the kids!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Clay Play Jewelry Author: Terry Taylor Published: 1-14-16 Publisher: Dover Publications Pages: 80 Genre: Arts & Crafts Sub Genre: Handmade; Fashion ISBN: 9780486799445 ASIN: B01AXN1ED0 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Although this may be a small book it does give you invaluable information with step by step instructions on how to make clay beads and use them along with findings and glass, crystal or even plastic beads to create one of a kind personalized jewelry. My niece has been making glass beads for years and recently starting making ceramic and resin. We got together to test the instructions found here and she went one step further to paint the beads before sealing them. They are beautiful. No matter what your age from 8 to 80 you can do this. Hours of pleasure to be had and a gift to made to share with others.
Montzalee Wittmann More than 1 year ago
Clay Play! Jewelry is a delightful and instructive book to learn how to start learning how to use polymer clay with children. I have used polymer clay before, for fun and making creatures, but I learned so much myself. This book goes over the basic tools and supplies, the basic shapes and how to achieve them, jewelry parts and how to bend and use, and more. The book then show you step by step how to make so many cute items into earrings, necklaces, wrist bands, and more. Each item has a guide of how much of what color and step by step color pictures. Examples include: Pizza, hot dogs, ice cream cone, hamsters, owl and penguin, panda, puppy, kitty, rose, daisy, snowman, bat and skull, gingerbread cookie, and candy cane. The book goes into how to make beads of different kinds such as cone, triangle and hearts. This is a book my grand kids would love and it is in simple enough terms and with enough pictures that they could read. Of course adult supervision is required when working with clay and an oven but they can let their imagination run wild! I received this book for a honest review from NetGalley and it in no way effected my rating or content of this review.