This last weekend at our Star Wars Movie Marathon night, I rocked my DIY Jedi Holocron necklace, and I’m really excited to show you how to make your own today!
HOW TO MAKE IT:
STEPS 1 – 2
1. Play with clay in your hands until it is soft and becomes easier to work with.
2. Sculpt clay into a cube shape. It will need to be thick enough to put a hole through, later on, so keep that in mind.
*Optional – I used legos to create a simple mold for my clay. The first bead I made I did not do this, so this step is totally not necessary, it’s more of a helpful hint.
Steps 3 – 4
3. Once you have created your shape, gently use your thumb to smooth out finger prints, primarily on the “front” where you plan on painting your design.
4. Using your hole cutter, insert the tool on the thinner side of the cube and push until all the way through to the other side. Once the tool has come all the way through, turn the tool in a circle a couple of times to clear out the clay. Gently remove the tool and smooth out the clay around the openings with your thumb.
Steps 5 – 6
5. Bake your clay accoding to the instructions on the box/packaging your clay came in.
6. After your clay has finished baking, let cool completely, and then add your first coat of blue paint. You might need to do this in a couple of layers to get a solid blue color.
8. Making sure your blue paint is 100% dry (this is important so your masking tape doesn’t pull up the paint), use your masking tape to mask off a section on the edge of your bead (like shown above).
Steps 9 – 10
9. Using your brown paint as a primer, paint on the exposed section of the bead.
10. Once that has dried add your gold paint on top. The brown paint is meant to give the gold paint a warmer base. Once the gold has dried, gently remove the tape.
Steps 11 – 12
11. You will repeat the last two steps for all four sides of the bead, making sure that your paint has completely dried before adding any masking tape over it.
12. For the next step, I used a pencil to gently mark the middle of each edge of the bead. This step will be for adding the larger diamond to the middle.
Steps 13 – 14
13. Using your marks as a guide, place masking tape down to create the lines you need to paint. Use my photos above and below as a guide for this step. My strategy is to center the non-masked area where the pencil mark meets the outer gold line, so I know that it’s even.
14. Following the brown paint first, gold paint second rule, paint the non-masked areas like before, removing the masking tape once dried. Repeat for all four lines.
Steps 15 – 16
15. This next step is tricky, so be careful! Use your pencil again to lightly sketch out the outer circle. Use the points where the diamond meets the outer square as a guide. You will want to connect each end of the quarter circle at those points.
16. Using the brown paint/gold paint rule, gently paint over the lines to create your circle. If at any point during this process you feel as though you’ve made a mistake, use your blue paint to cover it up (once the brown and/or gold paint has dried). I used this technique a LOT during this DIY.
17. Once the newest paint has dried, use your pencil to mark the 4 points of the smaller diamond. I use the larger diamond’s points as a reference, and then came down just a bit to make it smaller and more centered.
18. Using the exact same technique as the larger diamond, mask off the areas you intend to paint, and use brown paint first, gold paint second to create your smaller diamond. Then remove the masking tape.
19. For the last section, use your pencil to lightly sketch a smaller circle inside the middle of the new, smaller diamond.
20. Dusting off those fine painting skills again, paint brown first, gold second, over the pencil reference circle.
21. Once your paint has dried, put your bead on a chain, and call it a day, because you are done and done! 🙂
Check out my other DIYs here.