Go galactic glam with this easy to make clay pen holder! I always lose my pens because they roll here and there – secure them with this sparkly DIY table decoration. All you will need is some clay, crystals and (the secret) eyeshadow! Eyeshadow gives the clay a galactic, metallic finish — super cool!
These totally spruce up any office space or desktop – don’t you agree?!
This project is perfect for beginners – plus, you can make these decorations in any size, color and shape to match your room! Using a sharp tissue blade (sold by the polymer clay in any craft store) makes it easy to carve the facets in the clay, making it look like a meteor!
Step 1: Gather materials. Needed are flatback crystal rhinestones (I used Swarovski Paradise shine in 3mm, 4mm and 5mm for this tutorial), shimmer eyeshadow, Sculpey or Fimo oven-bake polymer clay, a tissue blade, and pen.
Step 2: Roll a large ball of clay and smooth the surface. The size of the pen holder will depend on what pen you are using – smaller pens need smaller balls of clay. Make sure your clay is large enough and sturdy enough to hold your pen!
Stick the pointed end of the pen down into the clay, making an indentation so the pen sits evenly and securely.
Step 3: Use your tissue blade to cut and shave off clay, carving into facets. It helps if the clay isn’t warm, so you can stick it in the fridge for a few minutes to harden it up – it’s a cleaner cut!
Step 4: Gently use your finger to rub eyeshadow on certain facets for a gilded look! Don’t press too hard, because it will accidentally smoothen the facets.
Step 5: Gently press in flatbacks on certain facets. Bake according to the package directions to finish!
The eyeshadow will remain adhered to the surface. You could coat with a clear polymer clay glaze, but I warn you — the eyeshadow fades a bit and looks more shimmery, as opposed to metallic. I just keep these as is for major shine.
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