**Please Note: This tutorial assumes you’ve made jewelry before. If you need help learning how to use crimp beads, jump rings, or jewelry tools, I highly recommend checking videos on YouTube! 🙂
A few weeks back my boss’ boss asked me to create a Minnie Mouse jewelry set for his daughter, who had requested I draw up a Minnie Mouse picture for her. I don’t have an image of the picture I drew, unfortunately, which turned out surprisingly well, but I do have something awesome: A Minnie Mouse necklace tutorial! Weee!
First off, the supplies:
- polymer clay ( in this case, I used Sculpey in pink, black, and a magenta)
- beading wire
- beading notions (jump rings, crimp beads, lobster claw clasp)
- jewelry tools (needle nose pliers, round nose pliers)
Step one: Using black clay, roll in to 2 balls, one about half the size of the other. Take the smaller ball & split that in half, then roll those halves in to balls for a total of one large ball for the head & two smaller ones for ears.
Step Two: Press down to flatten both ears. Using your fingernail or tools to scratch lightly on to the head where the ears will attach & to the bottom of the ears that will attach to the head, then attach, making sure to smooth out the lines so it looks like one piece.
Step Three: Let’s create the super cute hair bow & attach it to the head the same way we attached the ears!! Here’s how we make the bow:
- 1. Mix the colours you want for the bow, then split that ball in half. Take half, roll in to ball shape.
- 2. Press down on ball to make a slightly flattened circle.
- 3. Using a fingernail or tool, split the circle to make a Pacman shape.
- 4. Using fingers, press to make triangular shape for first bow. Repeat with 2nd ball.
- 5. Using a smaller bit of clay, make small rectangular piece for center of bow, pressing on to the top of both sides of bow in the center.
- 6. Affix to head piece.
You should have something similar to these, though I did a little extra for more detailed bows — feel free to experiment!!
Step Four: Lay out the pattern of how you want your necklace to look (it’s easier when you use a tray made for laying out designs, like the one below, but you can use anything, really!) In this case, my boss’ daughter’s favourite colours were pink & purple. I wanted her to be able to wear this for many years to come, so I attempted to keep it classy, yet still pretty & cute, so that even once she out grew her favourite mouse (if ever!) she could wear this set without feeling kiddy. 😉
Step Five: After you have it all laid out, start stringing the beads on to your beading wire. I chose wire instead of elastic, because I wanted this sucker to be stronger, plus once she’s older it can sometimes feel less classy to wear elastic necklaces. :\
Step Six: After you’ve completed stringing all your beads on to the wire (not forgetting the cute mouse head!), use crimp beads to attach the jump rings & attach the lobster claw to the jump rings. After that, you have a fancy 100% unique necklace!! 😀
Ta-daaa!! 😀 What do y’all think? You could even skip the bows & do just a mouse head! This was the second time I’ve created a custom mouse necklace — this time I used a thin coat of enamel spray for the head, but in this alternate version below, I used a thick glossy coat on the heads for both the necklace & matching earrings.