Frida Kahlo Necklace

necklaceOne of the iconic elements of Frida Kahlo is her traditional Mexican dress.  She was a girl who seriously loved her accessories.  Her jewelry was so bold and unique.  My daughter and I had so much fun looking at a case of her necklaces that was on exhibit as part of the Kahlo/Rivera exhibit at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art.  We started this project by looking at our Frida Kahlo books and pictures we found on the internet for necklace inspiration.

necklace inspiration

Next, we gathered our supplies.  IMG_8352We found these colorful wooden beads from Oriental Trader.  They were so perfect for this project.  We then bought sculpey polymer clay in various different colors and black cord to string our beads and clay pendent.  We googled and printed black line drawings of various traditional Mexican symbols.  After we rolled out the sculpey using a rolling pin we placed our printed images on top of the clay and polked along the lines with a needle.  The result was an imprint of the image on the rolled clay.  After the clay had cooled we used our hot glue gun to glue a loop of wire to the back of the pendent.