Boho chic — how to make a dream catcher necklace
Today I am going to share with you guys one of my favorite necklace designs — a dream catcher! It is a relatively difficult project but the end result is absolutely amazing! I strongly recommend you to read the tutorial through carefully and try it out.
- 20 gauge and 28 gauge jewelry wire
- pale pink and gray polymer clay (color recipe below)
- moonstone, rhodonite beads and gold feather
- two 6mm or 8mm gold plates with double holes
- golden Nymo thread
- necklace chain and clasp
The dream catcher can be designed in so many different ways. If you don’t have the gemstones I used, try to be creative and you can still get beautiful results.
Step 1: Make the wire loop
Take a piece of 20 gauge wire, wrap it around a ring mandrel and form a circle that’s 1 inch in diameter. If you are not familiar with how to make a circle with jewelry wire, read my post here.
Step 2 : Make the dream catcher
Mark six equal parts on the circle you just made (picture 4). Now we can start making the web. I used gold Nymo thread for this task. The whole process is difficult to explain in words. Take a look at picture 5-12 to learn how the process works.
Before you finish, add a few seed beads to the web. It is not only a decoration, but also a great place to hide the excessive thread end.
Step 3: Attach the metal plates (optional)
If you want to add polymer clay flowers to the dream catcher, you can attach two small metal plates to the side of the wire loop using 28 gauge wire (picture 13 and 14).
I also created a small “separator” at the bottom of the web. This will separate the decorations and help them hang correctly.
Step 4: Make the polymer clay peony and succulent (optional)
For this project, we need to make one peony and one succulent. I’ve introduced how to make peony in my previous post, read it here . In this post, we’ll focus on making the succulent.
Cut small circles from a piece of gray polymer clay using Wilton No.7 round piping tip. Then divide the circle further based on the chart shown in picture 17.
Form each clay piece into succulent leaf shape (picture 18). Then arrange them around the center as shown in picture 20-22.
Once you made the succulent, bake it in the oven at 11oC (230F) for 30 minutes.
When the flowers are ready to use, attach them to the metal plates using super glue and allow them to try for at least 24 hours before wearing.
Step 5: Attach the gemstones and necklace chain
Traditionally, the dream catcher is decorated by small feathers. That’s why I added a gold feather in my decorations. In addition, I choose to add moonstones and rhodonite to match the gray and pink color scheme.
If you wonder how to connect the beads together using jewelry wire, take a look at this post.
Attach all your decorations to the web and add a necklace chain at the top. Your dream catcher necklace is ready! Enjoy !
polymer clay color recipe
Gray —–> Fimo Effect translucent white : Fimo soft white : Fimo Soft black = 7:3:0.05
Pink ——> Fimo Soft blossom : Fimo Effect translucent white = 7:3
If you want to learn how to mix polymer clay color quick and easy, read this post here.If you love polymer clay succulent, I have another great in-depth tutorial for you!
The paid tutorial is listed in my Etsy shop. Check it out!