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Helping Kids Philosophy Teachers

by Joann Pearson
of Michael’s Arts & Craft Store


The Texas motto is friendship. A necklace which can be cut in half and shared by two friends illustrates this motto.


You will need:

  • Oven bake clay - bright pink
  • 24 Gauge wire - assorted colors
  • Assorted plastic beads
  • Elastic cord
  • Craft snips
  • Pinking shears
  • 2 Large jump rings
  • Plastic clay sculpting tools
  • 3” Heart shape cookie cutter
  • 1/8” dowel
  • 1/4” dowel
  • Craft stick


1. To make wire beads, cut nineteen 12” lengths of 24 gauge wire in assorted colors. Using 1/8” dowel, 1/4” dowel, and craft stick wrap lengths of wire around each for different sizes of wire beads. When coiling around craft stick, wrap loosely so it will slip off easily. Set wire beads aside.
2. Knead clay until soft and smooth. Flatten to a 1/4” thickness. Cut a heart shape with cookie cutter. Using sculpting tools, write “Best Friends” on heart. Cut the heart in half with pinking shears. Make a small hole in the top of each half.
3. Bake clay pieces on an oven proof glass surface at 275°F per 1/4” thickness, with good ventilation. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. Avoid over baking. Let cool.
4. Attach jump ring to each half of heart.
5. Cut a 30” length of elastic cord. Thread one half of the heart onto center of cording. Working from each side, string plastic beads and wire beads alternately. Tie cording together with a double knot. Trim ends.
6. Repeat step 1 and make a second necklace for your best friend.

Polyform® Sculpey lll Polymer Clay, Sculpting Tools; Toner Plastics, Inc.™ Fun Wire™; Fiskars® Softgrip® Pinking Shears, Diagonal Cutters

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