Handmade Polymer Clay Gifts – Ideas for Guys & Gals of All Ages

Polymer Clay Faux Stoner Choker

“I’ve been making home made gifts since my son was 9 months old. He is 39 now!” ~MaryEllen-S

With the Holidays coming up, you will soon need a few more gift giving ideas. Here is another polymer clay jewelry idea for inspiration. This braided leather choker with faux stones would look awesome with the faux pebble bracelet I showed you awhile back.

Like the bracelet, this necklace was made using beads from the Faux Pebble Beads Tutorial and leather lacing I cut myself from an old leather jacket. Only this time I used three strips of leather and braided them on each side after adding the beads to the center strip.

What I like about this kind of leather and faux stone jewelry, is the fact that it is Unisex. So it is perfect for the Earthy guy or gal. Perhaps the choker design isn’t the most suitable for guys, but you get what I mean.

Some super quick and inexpensive gifts to make with your cool polymer clay beads include earrings, bracelets, necklaces, chokers (like the one pictured above), bookmarks and key rings.

A gallery of thumbnail idea images can be conveniently viewed all on one page at this link: Polymer Clay Library Back Issues

So do you have plans for making handmade gifts this year? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below. Here’s what MaryEllen wrote last year in a previous holiday post.

Cindy, I’ve been making home made gifts since my son was 9 months old. He is 39 now! I have always been into crafts, I started out sewing then I started painting pictures (oils, then acrylics). Fell in love with crewel work. My grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet. Started a small company when the kids were older making country wooden items in the 70’s. Then along came companies that made the same except cheaper and cheaply made.

Anyway my family always loved handmade gifts. I hope that the economy will bring back that special meaning of someone giving something that they put their personal touch to. I start making gifts in the summer so there will be time for me to enjoy the holidays with my family and not be so stressed out running around looking for that last minute gift. This year for the first time, everyone finally agreed not to bring gifts to the family party for everyone and to just enjoy being with each other, remembering what the true meaning of Christmas is about and play catch up on what has been going on in everyone’s lives. There is 32 of us so you can imagine all these years all the stress of having something for everyone! I never had to worry, but everyone else did. I’m so happy they’re happy!

Well I didn’t mean to rattle I just thought I’d share. Happy Holidays to everyone! And thank you again Cindy for sharing what you know. That is a special gift to me.


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  1. Ken H., 22 October, 2009

    That’s what I would like to get more of, ideas for male or unisex jewelry. I can come up with many ideas for jewelry for women but really really hit a block when it comes to designs for men. I don’t understand why I would have such a hard time designing for myself.

  2. Melinda, 22 October, 2009

    I have the same problem…. my husband always wants me to make him a necklace or something…. and it always seems to feminine…. might have something to do with my adoration of the fabulous and different flower canes out there though. He he he…..

  3. Sue Whelan, 23 October, 2009

    I’d love more jewellery ideas for men, too. My son is an artist and I think he’d enjoy wearing something I’d made for him. My DSIL, a sailor, wears earrings, so I guess jewellery for men is finally acceptable. I’d like to come up with a necklace or bracelet design that was attractive, easy to wear, and a little bit unusual. Any suggestions would be deeply appreciated.

    Cindy, I’m really enjoying my video subscription. Just wish I had more time to play with the clay!


  4. Cheryl, 23 October, 2009

    I would love to have some more ideas for making jewlery and small gift items for men. That’s a great idea – my son wears bracelets so I could make him something with leather too.

  5. Cindy Lietz, 27 October, 2009

    I’ll work on some more masculine design ideas. It shouldn’t be too hard… I’ve always been a bit of a Tom Boy!

    Thanks everyone for the great comments and feedback. It sure helps me in the planning process for this blog and the videos!

  6. Joyce R, 21 December, 2009

    I love the idea of cutting up an old leather jacket to use in jewelry! Now I’m wondering if denim might have a similar effect…..

  7. Cindy Lietz, 21 December, 2009

    Sure, why not Joyce! Denim would be a great idea!

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