Bread Dough Clay Pendant

Instructions for easy bread dough clay pendant for kids. 

Age: 5+

Difficulty: Easy

Time Scale: 2 out of 5

(not including drying time)

bread-dough-clay-pendant

Supplies:

For the clay:

  • Slice of white bread, crust removed
  • 1 tablespoon white glue
  • 1/8th teaspoon cold cream
  • Cornstarch
  • drop of clove oil or lemon juice
  • drop of food coloring

For decorating:

  • toothpick
  • glitter glue
  • bead or stick on rhinestone
  • 26 inch long piece of craft lace or string
  • Water based sealer

Mix up the bread, white glue and cold cream. Add a drop of clove oil. Now add enough cornstarch so the dough isn't sticky. For more instructions on mixing this up, refer to the craft recipes page.

Put clay in a zip lock bag and add one drop of food coloring in the color of your choice. Mixing the color in the bag will keep your fingers from getting all messy.

mixing-homemade-dough

If it is too sticky, add a bit of cornstarch. Don't put too much though or it will be too dry and it will crack.

Use a piece of clay that will make about a 3/4 inch ball. Roll it into a long skinny snake about half the thickness of a pencil. Cut to ten inches long. The ball of clay should make a snake longer than ten inches. If you don't have a snake longer than that, it is too thick. Keep rolling.

Roll-to-half-pencil-size

Wind the clay into a coil, two turns. On the start of the third turn, start coiling the other direction. This should be about four turns.

With a toothpick poke a hole through the center of the top coil. This will be where you can thread cord or string through to hang the pendant.

Roll-shape

Let this dry completely. When it has finished drying, use glitter glue to decorate the pendant.
I used green clay and added purple glitter on top. You can use whatever color you like.

Put-on-glitter

The glitter will take quite a while to dry. I know it seems like a lot of waiting, but after it is finally dry, take a bead or a rhinestone and stick into the center of the bottom coil.

Glue-small-bead-in-center

Apply at least two coats of sealer. Make sure to seal the back too. When the sealer is dry, put a string or craft lace through the hole in the top and tie a slip knot, down close to the pendant. Now tie the string together at the end. Add a dab of white glue to this knot to keep it from slipping.

air-dry-clay-necklace

If you would rather have a brooch, you can glue a brooch pin to the back.
You could even make earrings, if you want, but make sure that you make them a bit smaller than the pendant. If they are too big, they will be too heavy for earrings.

There will still be some bread dough clay left over. Use it to make more pendants or make other projects like flowers, a dragonfly or whatever you like.

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