It’s no secret that Hogwarts can’t hold on to one damn Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Every year it’s a new crazy loon hired to offer life lessons about how to fight off the evils of dark magic.
While each teacher had their moments, I think it was Alastor Moody – the Auror turned professor in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – who had some of the best advice for young wizards: “CONSTANT VIGILANCE.”
As a matter of fact, I feel like this is helpful advice even us Muggles could use. It never hurts to be on the lookout and this little clay bracelet is a great reminder to always keep one eye open!
As an added dedication to one of my favorite Hogwarts professors, I also added a little clay eyeball, reminiscent of Moody’s “mad eye” to embellish this bracelet. This is a super easy project to make for anyone new to clay crafting and can be made in any color you’d like.
Constant Vigilance Bracelet
- Clay in color of your choice (for bracelet)
- Gold, white, blue and black clay (for eye charm)
- Basic clay tools (knife, roller, pin, small round cutter)
- Small letter stamps
- 3-5 jump rings
- Chain or string for bracelet
- Basic jewelry tools (pliers, etc.)
To make eye charm, roll out gold clay to about 1/8 in. thickness. Cut small circle using cutter or knife.
Roll ball of white clay, measuring about the same size as the inside of the gold circle. Using a knife, cut a flat side on the ball. Attach to gold circle.
Using finger, gently flatten dome part of eye.
Create iris with blue and black clay. Attach to white dome. Using needle or pin, poke small hole in top of gold circle to attach jump ring later. Set aside.
For bracelet, roll out clay in color of your choice to about ¼ in. thickness. Using small letter stamps, stamp message in clay. Use a ball tool to gently remove any intents, if necessary. Using pin, poke two holes in bracelet, one on each side to attach chain or string. Gently form around wrist.
Bake clay charm and message band according to clay package directions. Let cool completely.
*If you want to make the letters stand out, you can use paint or ink to help highlight the letters.
If desired, you can seal your charm and message band with Mod Podge or sealing spray.
For the band, I used an assortment of embroidery string. I just threaded it through each hole and braided it. Easy, peasy!
I added my clay charm to the right side of my bracelet, but you can add it wherever you like.
Enjoy your new bracelet!
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