Stunning 'Cloisonné' Gift Pendants


Make your very own jewelry to wear or give as a gift! Combine coils of Model Magic® modeling compound with Crayola Squeezables™ 3-D Paint to look like cloisonné!


1. Research jewelry from different time periods and cultures. For example, ancient Egyptians were very sophisticated in their jewelry making. Many artifacts from pharaohs’ tombs show intricate gold and silver metalsmithing and intricate inlays of small colorful stone and glass. Find out more about the Asian origins of Cloisonné, a type of enamel coating.

2. Choose a shape and design for your pendant. Roll a small Model Magic® ball and gently press. It will flatten as a circle or oval, depending on its shape when you rolled it.

3. Roll several coils of the compound, as equal in thickness as possible. Lay these coils on your base to begin your jewelry design. Leave small spaces between the coils. Wrap a coil around the outside edge of the base. This outline will hold the 3-D paint in place (your next step) so it should touch many or most of the coils. Add a small coil at the top to hang your pendant.

4. Squeeze Crayola Squeezables™ 3-D Paint into the spaces defined by the coils in your design. Fill each area almost to the top of the coil. To swirl colors, gently use a toothpick to stir just a little. Add tiny Model Magic® bits if you like to top off the design. Air-dry the pendants on a flat surface. Model Magic® dries to the touch overnight and dries completely in 2 to 3 days.

5. String your pendant on a ribbon. Tape the ends together so someone—you or the person you give it to—can wear it with pride!

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.

Squeezables® 3-D Paint— 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.

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


  • Have students create a series of related images and string together as a hanging mobile.
  • Students can create these jewelry objects and trade with each other.
  • Assessment: Students will be successful if they produce an image with coils, on a base and with the negative spaces filled in with Crayola Squeezables to imitate the process of cloisonné.

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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crayola supplies
  • Model Magic®
  • Squeezables Glitter
  • Squeezables Bold
household supplies
  • toothpicks - wooden
  • clear adhesive tape
  • ribbon, string, or yarn



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students learn about historical examples of different jewelry-making methods and research the craft in several cultures.

  • Students connect the process of cloisonné with this simplified version.

  • Students produce a pendant of their choice in this style of cloisonné.


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