With so many adorable high neck tops in style this summer, I’ve been in search of the perfect simple necklaces! Fed up with my search, I decided to make one myself and come up with this simple faux cement bar. For those of you with a fear of do-it-yourself-ing, this is the project for you! Just a few simple steps and you’re DONEZO – follow along with my DIY Faux Cement Necklace!
What you need:
- Clay (I have used this one, this one, and this one)
- a skewer (or any skinny object)
- For more variations – grab some paint and a sharpie!
- Create your clay tube by rolling a long tube out onto a smooth surface
- Once your tube is the diameter your looking for, stick the skewer through the middle. The tube will get squished as you do this, but thats ok! With the skewer still inside, roll the tube on your surface again. This will smooth out your edges and make the hold through the middle just a bit bigger.
3. Bend your tube to the desired shape. I made mine into a semi-circle but have made many shorter and longer variations will all kinds of curves (see below)
4. Bake your clay. The time and temperature vary depending on your clay but most take at least 30 minutes to bake. You can put your pieces on a cookie sheet, throw them in the oven and start working on finding your perfect chain lengths.
5. Thread your chain through your tube and attach your clasp! Most of my necklaces end up so long I don’t even need a clasp in which case you can open one ring and attache it to the opposite side. If you like a tighter necklace, unlink your chain to the right length. Attach a jump ring to one side and the clasp to the other.
Take it one step further!
I love my basic tube, but wanted to bump it up a notch. Check out a couple of my variations. For the one on the top, I used some of my favorite color paints (just plain old acrylics from my favorite aisle at Michaels) and painted a few stripes. I used a suede rope to make this one a tie-able choker
For the one on the left, I grabbed my fine tip sharpie and started doodling. This one was a little tedious but I think it paid off! Tip – watch where yo hold the bar, because the sharpie with smear! I learned that one the hard w