Nefertiti Necklace


The story of Nefertiti and the dynamic malleability of Crayola Model Magic® make an exciting project with which to begin or end ancient Egyptian studies.


1. Her name means "the beautiful one is come." The only sculpture of Nefertiti, wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, is on display at the Berlin Museum. This rare and intact sculpture beautifully illustrates the dress and decoration sported by ancient Egyptians during the 18th Dynasty. At that time, precious gems and beads were almost exclusively used for body ornamentation. Gems such as pearls, emeralds, and cat’s eye were combined with exquisitely crafted glass beads. Look at photos of the Nefertiti figure. Check out other historical depictions of the time period as well as archeological finds to learn more about the style of adornment for royal Egyptians.

2. Start your necklace (or other body ornamentation from the period) by shaping different-colored Crayola Model Magic® compound into rectangles, coils, balls, ovals, and other shapes typical for Ancient Egyptian jewelry. For smooth, square edges, cut pieces with Crayola Scissors.

3. Roll out thin Model Magic sheets with a rolling pin or marker barrel. Cover spring-clip plastic clothespins with the flattened compound to make the largest ornaments. Extend the tips as needed to make space to thread the clothespins as beads. Smooth out and shape into decorative pieces. Model Magic® dries to the touch overnight and dries completely in 2 to 3 days.

4. Lay out the pieces into the configuration of your necklace or other jewelry. Create separate strings in different patterns. Lace beads together using a large sewing needle with fishing line (adult help may be needed). Knot ends.

5. To join strings together into one necklace, place them in order. Lay a chenille stem across the knotted ends on one side and twist the chenille stem around knots. Repeat on the other side. Twist and fold chenille stems for reinforcement. Form a hook and eye clasp on either side of the necklace with the ends of the chenille stems.

6. Bejewel the precious gems with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry the glue before wearing or exhibiting.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • Offer an Ancient Egyptian spa and make-up session. Research and use historic materials such as sea salts and kohl.
  • Debate the theory that Nefertiti was co-king (the mysterious Smenlchkare) with her husband. What role does her mummy (or lack of one) play in this controversy?

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crayola supplies
  • Model Magic®
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • aluminum foil
  • sewing needle & thread (adult use only)
  • rolling pin
  • fishing line
  • chenille sticks
  • clothespins (clip)



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students gain a familiarity with the decorative arts and artifacts of the ancient Egyptians of the 18th Dynasty.

  • Students reproduce a piece of personal ornamentation in the style of the 18th Dynasty.

  • Students use fine-motor and problem-solving skills during project assembly.


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