The Gothic subculture favours dark colours and motifs that draw upon romantic and melancholy imagery. You can add a high-tech influence with electronic components or a steampunk flavour with clock parts. You can introduce cutesy elements, such as bows, and you can create the look you want by using motif beads and charms to make your own beaded jewellery. By sticking with black plus one colour, you can enhance the effect.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Silver coloured beading wire
- Black beading wire
- One other colour of beading wire
- Black polymer clay
- One other colour of polymer clay
- One large pendant blank
- Small pendant blanks
- Motif beads
- Found objects of your choice
- Black crystal beads
- Beads in one other colour
- Crimping pliers
- Plastic jawed pliers
- Clamshell beads
- Decorative catches
Mix a little coloured polymer clay into the black clay to create a marbled effect.
Fill the pendant blanks with marbled polymer clay. Press items, like clock parts, into the clay. Smooth the surface.
Make beads and charms out of the marbled clay. Make shapes such as balls crosses, rings and cylinders.
Bake all the polymer clay items. Wrap the shapes with jewellery wire. Make loops in the wire so the charms can be threaded.
Making Beads and Pendants
Cut sections of beading wire between 1 and 2 inches long. Make a small fold in one end of each.
Place a bead on the wire section. Make a loop with the other end of the wire.
Thread all of the wire sections. Make several bead charms using silver, black and coloured wires.
Cut a section of beading thread 3 feet in length. Tie an overhand knot in one end. String black beads with occasional random coloured or metallic beads for 4 inches.
Begin adding charms after every few beads. In the centre of the necklace, thread your large pendant.
Bead the other side of the necklace, keeping it roughly symmetrical. When finished, knot the end. Crimp a clamshell bead over the knot at each end, and attach a clasp to these with jump rings.
Cut a foot of beading thread. Tie an overhand knot in one end. Thread one or two beads.
Bead with mostly black beads. Add charms and pendants in bunches of two or three after every three or four beads.
Finish with clamshell beads and a decorative clasp as for the necklace. Cover any bare thread with crimp beads.
Tips and warnings
- Red or purple shades work well here, but consider blue or green too. Choose pink if you want a girlie Gothic look.
- Make sure that anything you add to polymer clay can withstand being baked. Some items will discolour, shatter or even give off noxious fumes if heated.
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