TUTORIAL: Super Simple “Jumping Bunny” Necklace

I wanted to write a few Easter inspired tutorials, but I decided to keep it really simple so that everyone can play! This is an easy rabbit silhouette statement necklace, and I can guarantee nobody else will be wearing one this Easter! It is fairly quick to make so it’ll make a perfect last-minute make for those of you going out to Easter parties or having a day out Easter egg hunting. Enjoy and happy crafting!

 

What you’ll need: 

  • A block of polymer clay in any light colour (I used pastel blue) OR gold polymer clay
  • An oven
  • Rolling tool
  • Cutting tool
  • Gold acrylic paint OR gold craft powder
  • Varnish (I used regular Fimo gloss)
  • Eye pins, jump links and a necklace chain (optional)
  • Pin OR needle
  • Alcohol rub and a cotton bud/Q-tip (optional)

IMG_6774Step one: 
Roll out a sheet of clay that is approximately 1cm thick all over.
Note: I decided to use a light clay and paint it afterwards because I wanted it to be super shiny and have a fairly smooth look all over. If you want to save time, you can use gold clay and skip the paint. It is completely up to you!

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Step two: 
Very lightly sketch out the shape you want in the surface of your clay with your pin/needle. It doesn’t need to be 100% perfect as you can touch up any imperfections later. If it helps, get up a rabbit silhouette photo on Google and use that as a reference. My rabbit it around 3 inches long and 2-2 1/2 inches wide.

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Step three:
Cut out your rabbit and put the rest of your clay to one side.

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Step four:
Turn the rabbit over and apply the eye pins. You want one on each side, facing upwards on a slant. Use the photo above to help you. I also gently pushed the head and back legs upwards slightly so that the back curves up more as if the rabbit it jumping mid-sprint.

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Step five: 
Roll out another sheet of clay at approximately 1cm. Flip the rabbit back over and press him onto the new clay, so that the eye pins are sandwiched between the two sheets. Cut around the clay, then smooth down all of the edges.

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Step six (optional):
I used some alcoholic rub on a cotton bud to smooth down the surface and get rid of any excess pieces of clay hanging around.
Bake in the oven until hard. This should take approximately 40 minutes on gas mark 4 (180 degrees). Check every ten minutes to make sure your clay isn’t burning.

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Step seven: 
Leave to cool completely. If you’re painting your rabbit, do it now. I used a craft sponge to avoid brush lines. I also recommend laying out a carrier bag or scrap piece of paper so you don’t stain anything. Trust me, I’ve made that mistake more than once before!

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Step eight: 
Once your paint has dried completely, apply a layer of gloss and again leave to dry.
Now just add your links and necklace chain (if you’re making it into a necklace- of course, you could try making any type of jewellery), and your new little friend is finished! Yay! 

 

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed.
My posts have been fairly slow lately due to a few bouts of illness, but I hope to have lots of new tutorials soon.
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Happy Easter! 

 

 

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