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DIY Marbled Pendant
One of the cool things about marbling techniques in jewelry is that it's incredibly forgiving and impossible to mess up. For this project you can go neutral in your colors to keep the marble effect rather realistic or you can use brighter colors for a bolder look. It's fashion--so have fun with it!

Supplies Needed:

-oven bake clay
-silicon rolling pin or glass jar to use as rolling pin
-X-Acto knife or clay knife
-parchment paper
-super glue
-necklace chain, jump rings, and necklace closure
-gold pendant bails
1. Roll each color of clay that you want to use into a snake about 5" long. I usually make two larger rolls of white, a medium roll of grey, a small roll of any color I am using, and then an extra small roll of black. I don't have exact clay measurements for you (and most people don't have a scale to weigh exact ounces of clay anyways) so just use the photo as a guide. You basically want enough total clay to roll out a 6" circle, but don't worry about getting exact amount of one color or another, even if you use the same recipe every time, each dish will look different.
2. Combine the smaller rolls into one big roll and twist together.
3. Roll the large twist into a snake about twice the original length to combine the colors. Twist the ends opposite ways after every few motions to give the colors more of a candy cane look. Once it's twice the length, fold the snake in half and twist the two ends together, as pictured above. Repeat the rolling, folding, twisting, and rolling again process 2-3 times.
4. Smoosh all the clay into a ball. You want to see most of your colors on the surface of the ball, so pull the ball in half and re-smoosh together if you don't.
5. Use a rolling pin or glass jar to roll out your marbled ball. I like to use a glass jar so I can see what is happening as I roll harder or softer over certain colors. The colors should blend together and create a marbled pattern as you roll over it. Try rolling different directions, from the edge, from the center, etc. to push the clay from different angles. Roll to 1/4" thick.
6. Once you have your clay rolled out about 1/4" thick, use an X-Acto or clay knife to cut your clay into small strips for your pendant necklace. I made the larger pendant 2" long and the smaller size 1.25" long. Place the pendants on parchment paper and bake in the oven according to the clay instructions.
Once the clay has baked and cooled, seal the clay with a glaze (only if you want to) and use glue to attach the pendants to the bail. I put the small bail on the back of the smaller pendant, but I really liked the larger bail on the front for the bigger size.
Cut your chain to your desired length, add the pendant, and then use jump rings to attach the chain to a necklace closure. If you want to do a double pendant, cut a shorter chain for the smaller pendant, and attach the long and short chain ends to the same jump ring. Then connect that to the necklace closure.
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