Diffuse your favorite essential oil wherever you go with clay necklaces. We tried two different types of clay and found the perfect one to make your essential oil clay necklaces.
I have been using essential oils for about 3 years now. I mostly use them topically and internally and just recently started diffusing the oils. One of the things I love, love the most about Young Living's essential oil starter kits is that they come with a diffuser. But unfortunately, you can't take the diffuser with you. I'd heard of diffuser jewelry and did some peeking around Etsy to see what was available. I notice several different kinds of aromatherapy jewelry including clay necklaces.
It looked like the clay necklaces were fairly easy to make so I hopped on Amazon and ordered what I needed. The supplies to make clay necklaces are pretty inexpensive. You'll need clay (either air dry or oven bake), hemp cord, and decorative stamps, if you want them. We used the plastic top to a 1 gallon water bottle to cut our clay disks out.
I noticed most people making clay necklaces out of two different types of clay: air dry or oven bake. There seems to be pros and cons to each so I decided to try them both. We started with the Crayola Air Dry clay.
The Air Dry clay was very sticky and wet. I was surprised at how difficult it was to work with. My daughter and I had a hard time getting the clay up off the place mats we were using to roll out the clay discs. It also was very messy and stained everything red (most of it washed out but not all). Once you have the disks cut out and decorated, they just sit out for a few days to dry out.
Next we tried Sculpey clay, which is an oven bake clay. The Sculpey was much easier to work with. It was way less sticky. In fact, it starts out a little stiff so we had to work it in our hands a bit to get it soft enough to roll out. The Sculpey clay bakes at 275 degrees and our clay necklaces only took 15 minutes so they are actually faster to make than the air dry clay.
I bought these round wooden floral stamps to decorate our clay necklaces. They worked great! I think that any rubber stamp would work. We used a straw to push out a small hole for the hemp cord to wear them with.
One of the things I loved most about this little craft is that it was easy enough for my daughter to do on her own. In fact, she insisted we make a video showing how to make the clay necklaces. Check it out!
I had read that the Air Dry clay necklaces do a better job of absorbing the essential oils and I found that to be true. But they also crumble very easily. We lost a few within a day. The clay necklaces made with the Sculpey clay didn't really absorb the oils. I had to rub the oil in, but I could still smell it on the disk. The clay necklaces made with the Sculpey seem to be more durable as well. We haven't lost one yet. We will probably be sticking to the Sculpey clay (and trying out some more colors) for making more clay necklaces for essential oils.This article may contain affiliate links.