DIY Bracelets & More: How to Make Your Own Faux Carved Stone Jewelry

Josie and I were Live this week on Facebook sharing an easy way to DIY bracelets, earring and pendants using polymer clay and IOD moulds.

Using the techniques we show you, you can easily make faux carved stone and bone jewelry.

DIY bracelets with IOD moulds

Fair warning, we’re a little (OK, a LOT!) silly, especially in part two because we were just having so much fun with all the make-y make-y. So, if nothing else, you’ll get a good laugh watching us.

Any-hoo, the Live audience asked if we could write a post to share all the juicy how-to details in writing… so here you go!

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If you want to watch the videos, join the Creative Tribe on Facebook and check them out using the links below. If you want to read through the supply list and instructions, keep scrolling down.

DIY Jewelry with Polymer Clay and IOD Moulds Part 1

Click the link below to see the video: https://www.facebook.com/ironorchiddesigns/videos/1170273520014186/

DIY Jewelry with Polymer Clay and IOD Moulds Part 2

Click the link below to see the video: https://www.facebook.com/ironorchiddesigns/videos/316743876349439/

(Note: You need to first join our Creative Tribe on Facebook to view the videos. You can do that by clicking here and then requesting to join). 

P.S. We  *MIGHT* have given a sneaky little peeky at one of new 2020 moulds coming soon… did you spot it?

Supply List for DIY Bracelets with IOD Moulds

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.)

We use the Trimmings 1 and Trimmings 2 moulds a lot when making DIY bracelets, so first let’s give you a good look at them. 

Trimmings 1 mould by IOD to make castings for furniture
IOD Mould – Trimmings 1
Trimmings 2 mould by Iron Orchid Designs
IOD Mould – Trimmings 2

You’ll also see ideas for how to use the Monarch Mould and the Lock & Key Mould.

You can get these or any other IOD products by contacting one of our stockists. To find the one nearest you, click here to use our retailer locator. 

Instructions for DIY Bracelets and other Faux Carved Stone Jewelry

Step 1: Condition your polymer clay to mix the colors and soften it for use.

Using a clay conditioning machine, wind a chunk of clay through a few times. Each time you put it through, adjust the opening progressively smaller. This will make the sheet of polymer clay get thinner which really softens it and mixes the colors beautifully.

condition the polymer clay for the diy bracelets

Note that different brands of clay have different hardness so the amount of conditioning you’ll need to do will vary.

Be aware of bubbles in your clay and make sure you eliminate them because you don’t want them in your finished piece.

The Blue Bottle Tree is a great resource for learning more about how to use polymer clay in your creative adventures. 

Step 2: Tear pea-sized pieces off your conditioned block of clay. Then roll them into loose ball shapes and put them in a plastic container.

break the polymer clay into pea sized pieces

Step 3: Add a pea sized amount of the acrylic paint to the container and swirl it around in the container until all the pieces coated.

Add paint to the polymer clay

Why use artist acrylic paint instead of craft acrylic paint? Because the artist acrylic paint has less moisture and more pigment density. This helps to create a more authentic turquoise look.

Step 4: Using your hands, mush all the clay pieces together but be careful not to work it too much or fold it onto itself.

Be careful not to fully re-incorporate the individual pieces together. 

mush all the clay pieces together

Step 5: Roll the clay into a rope with your hands to the desired length. You can cut any excess off if you roll the clay rope too long.

Roll the pieces into a rope

Step 6: Use your thumbs to push the clay into the mould.

push the clay into the IOD mold

Step 7 Using your rolling pin, roll over the back of the clay to smooth it into the mould cavity.

You want to go slowly so as not to accidentally pull up the casting out of the mould.

use a roller to smooth the back of the clay casting

Step 8: Trim the excess clay off the edge with a clay trimming tool.

Use the micro rim on the mould as your guide to get a really smooth edge (and don’t worry if you can’t get it perfect – you can sand it later).

trim the excess clay

Step 9: Flip the mould over and bend it back to release the casting onto the silicone mat.

Try not to pull on the casting if possible because that might distort the design.

Flip the IOD mold to release the bracelet casting

Step 10: Gently lay the casting around your wrist to mark where you want to cut it to your size.

measure the length of the DIY bracelet

Step 11: Using the end of a thin paint brush or a clay sculpting tool, press a hole through each end of the casting.

Make the hole is big enough to fit whatever you’ve chosen as your fastener – leather straps, twine, jewelry chain, earring hooks, etc.

poke holes for the leather straps

Step 12: Check your edges to see if you need to trim off any more clay and now is your chance to adjust the design (e.g. bevel the ends).

You can sand excess and rough spots later, but the outcome is better if you can minimize sand for shape after the bracelet is baked.

Step 13: Shape your bracelet.

If you don’t have a bracelet form, you can lay your casting on its side on your silicone mat and shape it into a nice oval. Superficially stick the ends of the bracelet together so that it maintains its shape.

Shape your polymer clay bracelet

Check the shape from multiple angles to make sure the bracelet is level and doesn’t have any uneven slumping.

Step 14: Place your silicone mat with the bracelet on a baking sheet. Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes per ¼ inch thickness of clay.

We baked our bracelet for about 45 minutes.

If possible, we recommend you use a dedicated craft baking sheet and oven because the polymer clay releases toxins when it cooks.  

Step 15: After the bracelet has cooled, sand the edges and surfaces of it.

This will smooth any rough bits and reveal some of the color variation and veins. This gives it a more antique and authentic turquoise look. 

sand the edges of the faux carved stone bracelet

If you like, you can use a dremel tool to get in the nooks and crannies of the design. 

Starting at minute 50 of the video, Josie goes into all the details of how to use this tool to further enhance the carved stone look.

Step 16: Evenly coat your bracelet with the spray sealer.

And please don’t be like us — wear gloves and do it outside to reduce your chemical exposure.

seal the DIY bracelet

Here are some other ideas of how you can use polymer clay with IOD moulds

  • Use the Lock & Key Mould to make pendants 
  • Make a leather cuff with floral accent from the Heirloom Roses Mould
  • Earrings with the Wings & Feather Mould or with the Monarch Mould (like Sally does in this video)

You could also make napkin rings, buttons or headbands using this technique.

Are you inspired to make something beautiful? Share with us in the comments below.

If you like this post, you might also enjoy learning how to make wrist cuffs with quick-curing resin or how to upcycle tin cans into napkin rings.

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17 Comments

  1. Melody Rodgers on July 30, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    These are gorgeous thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Jerri on July 30, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    I wondered if polymer clay could be used with your moulds. Do you need to dust the moulds with corn starch before putting clay in? These look really neat, but are they heavy?

    • Donnita Alexander on July 30, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      Those are absolutely beautiful. You gals rock. Thank you for sharing.

    • Mª José on July 31, 2020 at 12:48 am

      Realmente precioso!! Felicidades

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on July 31, 2020 at 8:23 am

      Hi Jerri,

      Yes! you can use Polymer clay with the moulds. Dusting them does help. Not too heavy. 😁

  3. Veronica on July 30, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    These are gorgeous! I think I’ll have to make these with my gal pals.

  4. RD on July 31, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    How do you get it on and off? I am confused on that.

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on August 3, 2020 at 8:45 am

      Hi there,

      For the bracelet we poked holes on each end and tied a piece of leather twine as the closure. ❤

      • RD on August 6, 2020 at 5:12 am

        I guess what I don’t understand is if they are hard how do they move on a bigger wrist? I would guess you have to make the bracelet the size of the largest part of your wrist in order for it to go over your wrist right? Then use the leather to keep it on? Isn’t it too hard to bend at any point? I LOVE this look and I have bought everything to make it but I still am confused. Sorry to be a pain.

        • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on August 6, 2020 at 8:21 am

          Hi there,

          No worries! Ask away. LOL We used Polymer Clay which is actually quite flexible. 😊

  5. Heleen Vermeulen on August 3, 2020 at 9:43 am

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!! THESE ARE GORGEOUS! I THINK i’LL HAVE TO MAKE THESE WITH MY GROUP1

    • IOD Customer Service IOD Customer Service on August 5, 2020 at 6:51 am

      Hi Heleen,

      Thank you! Yes, great project for a girls night out! 😊

  6. Linda on August 4, 2020 at 10:35 am

    I love these!! Can I use resin instead of the clay?

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