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ATLA: Katara's necklace by Selofain ATLA: Katara's necklace by Selofain
Eeeeeeee, I did it! I made Katara's necklace! And it's goooorgeous hahahahaha. Yeah, it's pretty obvious that I fail at photographing jewelry- maybe there's too much light? The pictures don't capture the pretty glitteriness that is my necklace. And, if I may say so, it's better than a lot of the ones I've seen on DA.

The necklace has a clasp because I don't want to just tie the ribbon around my neck- I'm going to wear this, and probably fairly often. I've always wanted Katara's necklace, and now I've finally made it. The first step to the craziness of cosplay, perhaps? Mostly, I made it so I could wear it to the movie next summer.

Funny story- I had a lot of trouble finding the right bail for the necklace, and I finally find one on a pendant that I could bend into the appropriate shape (advice from ~AtomicLava- check out her version of the necklace, it's the best I've seen). I go through DA looking at what other people did, and then I realized: a lot of people just used Sculpey to make the bail. Totally. Obvious.

Ok, for the interested, I'm going to detail what I did to make this necklace, if you want to try it too.

-Materials used-
Pearl blue Sculpey
Sculpey glaze
Royal Blue satin ribbon (it's too thick, I know, but the other choice was a .5" navy blue, and I felt that was too thin)
Ribbon clamps
Filigree clasps
2 inch gold eye pins
Gold thread
Pinch bail (sacrificed from a pendant)

I practiced carving the design onto the clay several times, trying out different tools and techniques. I decided to make the waves using a flathead screwdriver, and drew everthing else using the eye pins (convenience and laziness). I really love the effect the screwdriver gave the waves.

I searched for Sculpey tips online and followed quite a few of them. I put the flattened clay into the freezer overnight (because it was late- I think an hour is enough to cool it) before carving it. I lightly carved the design, then baked the Sculpey for 10 minutes- enough to harden, but not completely. I then smoothed out the carving and made it a bit deeper. I finished baking it (baking it makes it all shiney again after it got dusty from the hardened carving/sanding) and sanded it til the surface was flat. The result was really pretty, but it got super gorgeous after I added glaze. The pictures really washed out the blue- it's not actually that light.

(And no, I'm not really that good at circles. I found some ActivOn that just happened to be the right size and traced it. My practice circles were so uneven. >.< )

Ok, the ribbon. My first try ended up being just a tad too tight, so I had to try again (and destroyed the slightly longer ribbon clamps trying to get them off. Go me!) I attached the clamps to the clasps by making small loops out of the god eye pins (I don't have gold wire and didn't want to buy any, so the eye pins were a good substitute). I sealed the ribbons with a woodburner (candles work too, I am told). I folded the ends in and sewed them shut, as I didn't want to deal with the itchiness from the seals.

The pendant is sewed to the ribbon under the bail. I'm not quite sure how sturdy this is. I originally was going to punch a hole in the ribbon and attach the pendent by wire (thinking like a jeweler, lol), but then I saw that others sewed theirs on, and I was like, Wow that makes sense. The pendant's kinda heavy, so I don't know how long the ribbon will last. Hopefully a long time.

So there you have it. How I made Katara's necklace. I only used a quarter of my Sculpey, and I love this stuff, so I want to use it in the future. I just don't know what yet. Maybe another betrothal necklace. ~Kyoshi-Fan's got a great Sukka betrothal necklace. I actually traced this design during my practice runs, and it was so. much. easier than the waterbending symbol. I am greatly tempted to make it, but for now, I'll just bask in my totally awesome finished product. *squee*

Edit: And, there, I did it. Sukka betrothal necklace: [link]

Disclaimer: Avatar: the Last Airbender was created by Mike DeMartino and Bryan Konietzko.
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ChaseYoungFangirl Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
After you baked the Sculpey for ten minutes how did you smooth it out before carving more? Also, what type of sandpaper did you use when you sanded it? I'm guessing fine but I just want to make sure so I don't go buying the wrong thing.
dork1000 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
i have a question can you use a home oven or do you have to use a clay oven because i have no way to get a clay oven
xSimplySpeechlessX Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
how would you sew the pendant on the ribbon? O.o you did a great job by the way ^.^
Raider-Stock Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Where did you find the clasp? For the life of me I cannot find one.
craftysorceress Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you for providing both the amazing art and giving the reader tools on how to do it. I always appreciate it when craft artisans go above and beyond for that, and I try to do the same when I upload as well.

I am attempting to also make Katara's necklace, and my first attempt was good! I'll upload my few attempts sometime later. I want to try your approach, that includes freezing, partially baking, and sanding. What kind of sanding material did you use? Very fine grain, or coarse stuff? (I think there's a number associated with that, yes?)

Thanks again. Also Fav++; Very well deserved!
rawrlz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
T,T I want to buy one sooo bad TTT.TTT seriously, would you make one and I'd buy?
WaterFox311 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Very nice! I really like how it shines. Sculpey is a good choice if you don't know how to use resin (like me).
Lyrica0fMarkovia Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooo. PWETTY! Can you make me one?
KataraNecklaceGuru Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
You did a great job! I have a katara necklace that [link] made for me. I love it so much.[link] I know you have probably seen this necklace (know you saw her first one) but i didn't know.
artangel85 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
for the carving part that I did with mine was a sharpened end of a cheep wooden paint brush and tada! A tip (without coloration). I'll have to put the neckless up to let ya see. I didnt glaze mine, but yours looks great! Here is me wearing it but it's not close enough to see it good.



I know that it's not the best angle on it, but this is my costume as well.
ToniPendragon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. The details look great.
GrainOSalt Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
Have you seen this one?


I love it.
Selofain Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I have. I crawled through a lot of the necklaces on DA looking for references, and that was one of the best ones I saw. It's a shame there isn't a better picture of it- it certainly sounds very pretty.
ChaseYoungFangirl Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
Very beautiful. ^ ^ This makes me want to try making my own, but with my design.
Selofain Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you ever do, I'd love to see it. :)
AtomicLava Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Hey, sweet I get to see it! That bail is AWESOME *winks* Good job! I like your clasp, too. If you're going to be wearing it a lot that's definitely the way to go. Also, it's contagious how happy you are about your success :)
Selofain Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks! It doesn't measure up to yours, but I'm perfectly satisfied with it. Except in hot weather. Way too thick to wear in hot weather.
Venom11Blood Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
that is REALLY cool. This is just my personal opinion, but I thought Katara's necklace's ribbon was a darker blue than that. But you know, it may just be the light. I don't know. Anyway, it's really cool. Nice job!
Selofain Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Most people use navy blue for her ribbon, and I think that's more accurate, but the only navy blue ribbon I could find was too thin, so I had to go with royal blue. Wow, long sentence. =P
Venom11Blood Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Punctuation, darling, punctuation. And I can see how that would cause a problem. Any who, that really is a very nice necklace. I like it.
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