Christmas is right around the corner so I wanted to share a one of a kind gift you can make: A Thumbprint necklace. I made one with my daughter a few weeks ago and it was a fun project to do together. Even better, I now have a way to preserve her fingerprint and wear it whenever I want. Below is a video tutorial; I go through all the steps to make one at home. Now, on to the supplies & instructions…
- Bakeable Clay (I used silver)-You can find at craft store for less than $3
- Wax Paper
- Pen (to make hole, roll clay)
- Jump Ring
- Circular Template-Use anything circular, you don’t have to buy it
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees
- Break off a piece of the clay
- Place piece of wax paper on the top and bottom of the ball of clay
- Roll out to make flat. Make sure you don’t roll too thin
- Punch out a pendant design using template
- Make a hole at the top of the pendant for the jump ring
- Press child’s thumbprint into the clay, using a bit of pressure to make sure you get the imprint
- Put in oven & bake. The brand I used suggested baking for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch. (Check the directions on the packaging of the clay you get, different brands may differ)
- Take out of oven & give plenty of time to cool
- *Optional-I didn’t mention this in the video, but I sprayed mine with clear enamel to help preserve it & give it some shine
- Put jump ring through the hole & close
- Then just string your necklace through it
Here are a few modifications if you don’t have all the materials I listed:
- If you don’t have jump rings, just make the hole large enough so that you can run some ribbon, leather cording etc through it.
- While I found bakeable clay to be the easiest (it was already the color I wanted & I didn’t have to make any dough) I have seen these made out of salt dough. If you choose to make one out of salt dough but want it to look more like a silver/gold pendant, then you can spray with some metallic spray paint. To further preserve & give a shine, spray on some clear enamel.
- Don’t have a template? I just used a circle punch I happened to have at home, but you can use anything circular….just use your imagination.
Pretty cool right? Get ready to look like an all-star this holiday for making one of these :)