It has been a long time since I worked with polymer clay and I forgot how much I loved it! It’s a perfect material to make custom stitch markers with. Something any crocheter would love! Make them for yourself or make them as a gift for your crocheting friends and family members. I chose to make cute little owls but keep in mind that you can really make any kind of shape/animal/food/object/etc that you can think of! And did I mention that these could easily be made into earrings or charms or magnets?!
Here are the materials you will need:
1. Polymer Clay. Fimo, Sculpey, and Craft Smart are some popular brands. I used Sculpey III clay that I purchased at Michaels in a variety color pack.
2. Sculpey Gloss Glaze (and paint brush).
3. Wire cutters and you will probably also need some needle nose pliers as well.
4. Small Jump Rings. I used 6mm.
5. Lobster Clasps/Closures no smaller than 12mm.
6. Eye pins.
7. Opional: exacto knife and clay tools. I have the Sculpey 5-in-1 tool kit. The exacto knife cuts the clay easily.
To make the owl you will want to take a small 1/2 inch ball of clay and mold it into an owl body shape as seen in the picture. Flatten the bottom a little and use one of your sculpey tools or a round pen to create the dip at the top for the ears. You will need two small orange balls for the feet, two white balls for the eyes, a small triangle for the nose (just shape with your fingers), and the smallest balls of black clay you can possible make for the eyeballs. The wings start as a ball, squish it flat and then pinch the end a little to shape the wing.
Press the white eyes on, then the wings, then the nose and then the orange balls will press onto the bottom for the feet. Then add teeny tiny black balls and press those on for the eye balls.
Next you will trim the eye pin so it is shorter than the length of your owl. Poke it through the top of the head between the ears.
Putt on a baking tray and bake according to instructions on clay package. Mine baked at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
When cooled, you will want to attach the jump ring and the lobster clasp. You will probably need to use needle nose plier to open the jump ring.
Next you will paint on the gloss glaze. I found it easiest to hold the piece by the clasp while painting. Let glaze dry for 24 hours and they are ready to use!