From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

4 Ideas for Necklaces.


1. Junk Mail Paper Beads Jewelry illustration

Use a colorful piece of junk mail. Measure and cut it in triangles, as shown. Roll each triangle around a toothpick tightly, ending at the point. Glue the end shut and hold until you are sure the glue will hold. When the glue has dried, remove the toothpick and make another bead. String the beads with a needle and strong thread to make a necklace. If you like, you can paint the beads with clear nail polish. Do this in a well-ventilated room.





Jewelry illustration

2. Baker's Beads

Use the recipe for Baker's Clay*. Add drops of food coloring and mix well until you have the color you want. Roll small amounts of the clay in your hands to shape the beads. Stick a straw through each bead to make a hole in it. Bake the beads in a foil pie plate at 350" degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until hard.

* Baker's Clay: 2 cups unsifted flour, 1/2 cup salt, 3/4 cup water.






Jewelry Illustration3. Recycled Beads

Ask friendly grown-ups if they have any necklaces they no longer want. Wait until you get a good collection, then take them all apart and restring them in new combinations. Tie the ends together, making sure the necklaces are big enough to slip over your head.


4. Seashell Necklace

Use a favorite seashell you found at the beach or in a hobby shop. Find a grown-up who has an electric drill with a 1/8-inch high-speed carbide bit, and ask him or her to drill a hole in your shell for you. Mark with a marker where you want the hole and lay the shell on a piece of soft clay to hold it while it is drilled. If the shell is strong and the drilling is carefully and steadily done, the shell shouldn't splinter or shatter. Thread the shell on a piece of matching yam. If you don't know anyone with a drill, ask a jeweler to do it for you.

sesashell jewelry illustration


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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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