DIY Cinnamon Brain Booster Necklace

This brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory and recall get better but you get an awesome necklace!  Cinnamon is an amazing herb. In fact, we did a post on the health benefits of cinnamon a while back. One of the things that many studies have found are that just the smell can be a brain booster and memory enhancer. So what better time to use it than when doing homework or studying! Obviously you can just grab some cinnamon oil  and dab it on but that’s kinda boring. So we thought it would be more fun to make a clay charm. This can be turned into a bracelet or necklace of course for gals or guys. After you make it, cinnamon oil is dropped onto the clay which holds the odor for quite some time, depending on the oil or clay used.  This is repeated as needed. You can shape the clay however you like.

Terra Cotta Clay is typically used for this type of diffuser. However it requires a kiln to fire. The reason it makes a great diffuser is that not only is it natural, it dries very porous so the oils seep in well.  You’ll find many clays with the title Terra Cotta on them. However, they are using the name for the color NOT the type of clay. Amazon has many of them like that. So don’t buy one thinking you’re getting real Terra Cotta Clay.  The fact is, regular air dry clay or polymer oven baked  works and gives you color options. It just won’t hold the smell as long, though there are things you can do, which we’ll mention, that will help.

 

Brain Booster Supplies

I used polymer for the color and because it bakes quickly. Air dry can take 2 or 3 days to dry.

Instructions

These are the basics you need for the project.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Then you’ll want something to roll your clay with (jar), some things to make imprints with, something to make a hole for the string and something to use to cut out the circles. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Cut or break off a piece of clay a little larger than you think you’ll need.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Roll it around in your hands to make it soft and then roll it into a smooth ball.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Use something to roll it out into a flat circle. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

I have a special clay roller tool for rolling clay out. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

You want your clay about 5mm thick. Which is well under 1/4″.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

I went on a search around the house looking for something I could use as a cutter that was the size I needed for my necklace circles. The only things I found were two heavy duty tubes from inside foil  and some other roll  goods. They were smaller and heavier than normal TP tubes. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

I took one and pushed it down on my clay. Because I did not have a nice clean sharp edge I learned that twisting a bit while pressing it helped. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

I didn’t twist on this one. You can get a cleaner cut when you do. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

If you have a nicer clean edge cutter you won’t need this step and I had to clean up my circle. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Then I had to smooth the edges. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Finally, I had three circles. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

I then took a small bamboo skewer I had to make a hole for the string. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

The hole needs to be large enough that you can pass two pieces of the string through it. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Carefully push it through on both sides.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Make sure the string fits through.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Now its time to add impressions. Adding impressions, small indentations, etc. is what will help hold the oil in so the smell lasts longer. I had scavenged my home for things I could use and found this broken piece of a necklace. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

I pressed it firmly down into the clay. You want to make sure you push it in hard enough to get a good impression.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

It worked great.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Next I found another jewelry piece. This one worked but it was tricky to remove after I’d pressed it in.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

On the third one I pulled this basket off my peg board and pressed it down onto the clay.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

It gave a nice crisscross impression.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

I also made two small beads and pushed a hole in each. It was then time to bake them. 275 for every 1/4″ thickness.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Next I cut my string to the size I wanted.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

After my clay was baked and cooled I put the string through the hole.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Pull the strings through to make a loop, then pull the two ends through the loop.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Pull it up tight.This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Add a bead if desired. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

Now is the time to add the “brain booster”!This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!
Place a drop of cinnamon oil on your necklace and rub it around. This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!This cinnamon brain booster necklace post is a twofer. Not only can your memory get better you get an awesome necklace!

 

 

 

2 Comments

    1. Nancy Author

      Hi Nell! Putting it only on the front and putting just enough to rub in, I would think it would be pretty difficult to get any on clothing even if you tried. As far as warmth, cinnamon is definitely a warm oil so you don’t want to rub the front of the charm and then rub your eyes.
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Nancy Ü

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