Beaded Looped Clay Necklace

DSC_0615 copyClay bead necklaces are quite popular right now. I could understand if some of you don’t like the art teacher look of it, but I do. Make a bunch in a neutral color palette, or go for bright and bold colors for something that stands out. Either way, using oven-baked clay to make beads is a really easy way to create some unique jewelry for yourself (or your friends). Better yet, don’t make these alone, and invite your friends to spend an evening making some clay bead necklaces together! 

-2 oz packs of oven-baked clay in various colors
-40″ leather cording
-wooden skewer
-parchment paper
-baking sheet

DSC_0040 copyDSC_0040 copyStep One: Pinch a quarter of the clay off, roll into a ball, and gently pierce the middle completely through with a wooden skewer. Make sure the hole is large enough for your cording to pass through. This creates the large 1″ beads. To make smaller beads (about 1/2″), pinch off an eighth of the clay, roll into a ball, and gently pierce the middle completely through with a wooden skewer. Create a total of 11 clay beads in various sizes for your looped necklace. If you have any extras, you can create more necklaces! 

DSC_0040 copyStep Two: On a baking sheet with parchment paper on top, place the beads and allow to bake per package directions. Usually, it’s about 15 minutes for every quarter inch at about 275°F. Once done, allow to cool completely. 

DSC_0040 copyDSC_0040 copyStep Three: Arrange the beads in the order you would like them to be on the cording. This diagram helps illustrate
how to loop the beads to create the two tiers of the looped necklace. With one end of the cording, string five beads through to create the top tier. With that same cording end, continue to string five beads through to create the bottom tier, then insert that cording end up through the second bead on the top tier, and continue through the remaining beads on that tier. Add one more bead through that end to finish it off. If you want the necklace to be adjustable, create a sliding knot with the two ends of the cording, or just knot the two ends together for your desired length.  

DSC_0680DSC_0609 copyThese necklaces are so easy to make that you will want to make tons more. Get daring and try other interesting shapes, or paint some designs on the beads to add patterns. These are some other necklaces I made in the past, and it would be fun to try that shape again, but this time with some colorful clay beads. Anyone already try their hand at making some clay bead necklaces? –Rubyellen

Credits // Author and photography: Rubyellen Bratcher. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • Wow… this is such a great idea!

    The problem is… I don’t have an oven to bake my clay. Is there any way to make the clay without it? O__O

  • Love this necklace…looking for some inexpensive long necklaces, maybe i will make these..


  • Hi! Love this project and you guys have inspired me to start using more polymer clay! But, I was wondering (and you might have answered this before) if you use a separate (inexpensive) toaster oven to heat up the clay? I’ve read every kind of warning and tips about heating up clay in your every day kitchen and I know each brand has specific just curious!.. Thank you!

  • Hi,I really like your colour choices, will def give this project a try!

  • I love this look!

  • Such a great idea! Particularly love the way you styled them in the photo upon the background. Inspired me to do something with my wall!

  • This necklace it’s really beautiful and can be combines with loads of things! Awesome! And it even looks fun to do it! With love,

  • I’ve made clay bead necklaces before, except the ones I made were more delicate and threaded on shorter cords. I love this statement piece though! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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