Tooth Necklace

Animal teeth and bones were worn as necklaces, pendants and bracelets in Neolithic Age. These pieces of jewellery may have been hunting trophies, charms or worn as body adornment. Some jewellery included human teeth!

Skill Level

Beginner. Adult supervision needed

Time to Make

1 hour + baking time for Fimo.

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. To make a tooth 4cm in length, cut off 1 x strip from a white Fimo block with a modelling tool. Roll the Fimo into a ball then shape it with your fingers into a long tooth shape.
  2. Use a cocktail stick or a pointed modelling tool to make a hole through the top of the tooth. Wiggle the stick so the hole goes all the way through. Use the end of a thin brush or pencil to open out the hole if it needs to be wider.
  3. Model more Fimo teeth in the same way until you have enough for a necklace. To make a bigger-sized tooth 6-7cm in length use 2 x Fimo strips. For a small tooth, use ½ Fimo strip.
  4. Place all the teeth onto a baking tray or tile. Bake Fimo at 110oC for 30 minutes following the instructions on packaging. Leave to cool before handling.
  5. Mix up some pale brown paint then lightly brush it over the teeth for an aged effect.
  6. Cut off a piece of twine 150cm in length. Fold it in half to make a double thickness then thread it through the holes in the Fimo teeth. Tie a knot at either side of the teeth to keep them centrally positioned on the twine. Check how long the twine needs to be to fit over your head then tie a knot in the ends to make a loop.

Top Tip

Before brushing paint onto the teeth, lightly rub over the surface of the baked Fimo with sandpaper.

Items you'll also need

  • Jute twine
  • Poster Paint Pots
  • Fimo Kids Clay – White
  • A modelling tool
  • A baking tray or tile
  • A cocktail stick
  • A paint mixing tray
  • Sandpaper
  • A paintbrush

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