TUTORIAL: Autumn Leaf Necklace

I’m sure everyone’s beginning to get into the Christmas spirit, but just for a minute I’d like to take a break from winter and celebrate the beauty of autumn. The colours, the fresh smell, the colourful, crunchy leaves!

I’ve seen lots of beautiful artwork which incorporates nature and autumn colours, so I decided to try something of my own. I went for a little stroll into my garden, gathered together a few leaves of different sizes, then surrounded myself with my art supplies. This is a pretty simple tutorial which can be followed by people of all skill levels. Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

  • Polymer clay (dark red, dark green, dark yellow/orange)
  • Rolling tool
  • Cutting tool
  • Clay varnish
  • Acrylic paint (dark brown)
  • Oven
  • Leaves (try to choose three or four different sizes, and make sure they have lots of veins)
  • Liquid clay
  • An old rag
  • Necklace chain
  • Links
  • Paintbrush x2


Step one:
Begin with conditioning your clay. Kneed it a little so that it is nice and soft. Roll them into individual balls.


Step two:
Roll out your clay so that it is around a 1/2 centimetre thick. Press one of your leaves onto it, then gently use your rolling tool to press evenly over the whole of the leaf.


Step three:
Peel off the leaf and use your cutting tool to cut out the leaf shape, following the indents which were left from the real leaf. Repeat these steps with all of the leaves and colours.


Step four:
Arrange all of your leaves as you like.


Step five:
Poke some holes into the sides where you want your chain to be attached.


Step six:
Create a rose shape by pressing out petal shapes and wrapping them around, then using your finger to gently pull them outwards. I used all of the colours and gradually blended them in, but you can use one block colour if you like. Place it in the middle. Now use a little bit of liquid clay to glue everything down. Bake everything in the oven until hard. Mine took 25 minutes on gas mark 4.


IMG_1244Step seven:
Once cool, mix some brown paint with a few drops of water and cover the entire piece with it. Make sure you get into all the little cracks and details. Then use your old rag to wipe over the surface, so that the paint only stays in the indents. This just brings out the details and adds some shadow. Leave to dry.


Step eight:
Paint a layer of varnish over everything. Leave to dry completely, then attach your links to the holes, and then to the necklace chain.

All finished! If you like, you can glue some material onto the back, but that is optional. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Thank you so much for reading.§

For more craft tutorials please take a wander through the rest of my website. I’m always open to recommendations, suggestions and questions (contact details on the “contact” section).

Merry (almost) Christmas! :)

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