Welcome to Day 1 of the 50 DIY Days of Christmas. Whew! I’m excited. I’m going to kick this series off with a little DIY gift: the Magical Unicorn/Narwhal necklace! When asked, I tell people that my necklace is a Narwhal horn, but maybe you like Unicorns better? Well, then… it’s a unicorn horn. Hee!
Let’s get started with this easy gift…
- – Polymer Clay: I used Kato Clay (known to be stronger than most oven-baked clays), but you can also use other brands you may find at your local craft store. I found my Kato Clay at an art supply shop (or, it can be purchased here).
- – Toothpick
- – Super strong epoxy that can glue both metal and clay (I used the Loctite brand).
- – Bead cone/cap to cover the end of your horn.
- – Eyepin
- – Necklace
1. First, I wanted to note that I couldn’t find a bead cone/cap that I LOVED… so, I found an earring that had a cone that would be perfect. I just took out the extra chain that was attached (see the before below).
2. Next up: the horn. Grab a small chunk of your polymer clay (I used about a 1/2 inch size ball) and roll out the clay to look like a stick. Test out the size with the bead cone (make sure it will fit).
3. Once your happy with the size, time to add some ridges to the horn. Set your toothpick on the horn (at an angle) and roll the toothpick along the horn to create some ridges (see photo below). Smooth out any rough spots with your finger. At the base of your horn, make a little nub that fits inside the bead cone. The glue will need something to hold onto (see photo below).
4. Time to bake. Follow the baking directions of your clay.
5. When the horn is done baking, let’s glue it to the bead cone. First, make sure you have an eye pin set up in the bead cone (so you can hook it onto the necklace). Follow your epoxy directions, and glue the horn nub into the cone.
6. Let the glue cure (usually about 24 hours) and… You’re Done!
7. Attach to a necklace chain and give this gift to your favorite magical creature aficionado.
Today is the 1st day of my 50 DIY Days, but if you’d like to keep up with all the posts… they will be here: