TUTORIAL: “You’re My Person” Grey’s Anatomy Inspired Necklace

I’m fairly new to Grey’s Anatomy, but I’m already up to season nine and I absolutely adore it!
If you’re not familiar with the characters, this piece probably won’t make much sense to you. But to those of you who like the show as much as I do, you’ll recognise the quote as one of Meredith’s and Christina’s more memorable quotes.
It’ll be the perfect gift for a friend or loved one who means a lot to you, so if you decide to give it a try then I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

NOTE: This is all my own design, but it is not certified Grey’s Anatomy merchandise. 

What you’ll need:

  • Polymer clay (silver, deep red)
  • Acrylic paint (black)
  • Varnish (I use regular Fimo gloss)
  • Paintbrush x2
  • Small letter stamps
  • A texture mat (I used a kind of newspaper / dictionary effect, but it’s entirely up to you)
  • Cutting tool
  • Rolling tool
  • Ball tool / dotting tool
  • An oven
  • A clean surface
  • Links and a necklace chain

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Step one:
Begin by rolling out a sheet of silver clay (approx. 1/2 centimetre thick) and cut out an asymmetrical “blob” shape. Round off the edges with your fingertips. Gently push in your texture mat, then peel it back off. Don’t apply too much pressure or it will change the shape.

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Step two:
Press in your lettering. I didn’t want mine to line up too neatly because I was going for a kind of typewriter effect. Apply a little more pressure this time, but not so much that it comes through the other side!

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Step three:
Poke a hole through the top of the silver clay. I used a hollow rolling tool, but you can use a needle if you haven’t got anything hollow. Put this to one side while you make the heart.

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Step four:
Begin with a deep red oval shape and press it down slightly so that it is flattened on the underside. Soften the curves around the outside with your fingertips.
NOTE: My clay heart is not going to be anatomically correct. If that’s what you want, you can always change it and use a photo of a real heart as guidance. This heart is for show only. I also won’t be using the medical terms because that’s just going to confuse everyone (I know, Christina would not approve!).

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Step five:
Attach a shortish, thick sausage shape in in the middle of the top and ending at around 1/3 down. Add in three slightly flattened balls to the side of it, two on the other side, and one on the side of it, I know this part is a little confusing, so just try to copy the photo above if you get lost.

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Step six: 
Use your ball tool / dotting tool to hollow out the end of the sausage shape and the tops of all of the flattened ball shapes.
Roll out approximately five thin vein shapes and place them vertically, overlapping some of them slightly. Cut off any excess.

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Step seven: 
Use your ball tool to lightly press in some details. such as around the veins and some “muscle” around the sides. This will help the shading to show up in certain parts later.

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Step eight: 
Use your cutting tool to lightly score some lines around the sides of the sausage shape and flattened balls. Bake the whole of the heart, along with the silver charm you made earlier, until hard. This should take approximately 30 minutes on gas mark 4 (180 degrees Celsius).

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Step nine: 
Once cool, cover everything in a thin layer of black acrylic paint, ensuring you get into all of the little cracks and gaps. Before the paint dries completely, use an old rag or a tissue to wipe over the surface. You can dampen it very slightly if necessary. You want the paint to stay in the dents and gaps, but the surface to stay clean. This just helps to add shading and to make the details more visible.

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Step ten: 
Once the paint has completely dried, apply an even layer of varnish over everything and leave to dry again. Attach your links and necklace chain, and you’re all finished! Just wrap it up and give your new necklace to someone special!

 

Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment below with any questions, suggestions or constructive criticism.
Please check out the rest of my site for more craft tutorials, and share them with any friends you think would be interested.
Happy crafting! :)

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