Our editors might write about crafts every day, but we’re just as excited as anyone when we get to leave our desks and make something fun! Our good friends from Polyform, Iris Weiss and Anna Ruedig, stopped in Feb. 8 for a Make n’ Take, which is what we call these fun crafting sessions here at Prime Publishing in Northbrook, IL. We made these cute Spring Pearl Clay Keyfobs, which you can make, too!
We made these gorgeous keyfobs with Sculpey clay, and what seemed to be pixie dust and unicorn tears (real materials below).
Here’s what some of our staff had to say:
“I loved the clay make and take because we had a bunch of people with different skill sets that were all making GORGEOUS clay key chains. It was really cool to see how everybody was inspired differently, and how everyone ended up with completely different and unique projects, even though we were all in the same make and take.” – Maggie Connelly, Editor
“The Polyform make-and-take event was easily my favorite so far here at Prime. The instructor went above and beyond to teach us the various uses for all the materials and give us suggestions for what to do with our large amount of remaining Sculpey clay. I definitely left that event with a new hobby; I actually went home and made a Cosmo Clay Trinket Dish and I’m absolutely in love with it. Needless to say, I’m excited to experiment more with this medium.” – Kristina Kittelson, Editor
“Iris was great. She did a fantastic job leading the tutorial and joking with us while also reeling us in if we got too rowdy. 😉 I loved learning about the clay. Iris is so passionate, and that enthusiasm is contagious!” – Dana Byerwalter, Editor
“I was so excited to find out the makers of Sculpey clay were coming to teach a class – I spent an inordinate amount of my childhood making things from Sculpey, and to meet actual Sculpey representatives was surreal and wonderful. I’m so grateful to them for the hour of instruction as well as the professional crafting tools they gifted to us!” – Alison Soley, Editor
“I had never really thought about using clay in any sewing projects. But after the demo with Polyform, I found I had all kinds of ideas about possible clay and fabric projects, like making buttons or making jewelry with clay and ribbon. Learning about Polyform really sparked my imagination!” – Ashley Jones, Editor
“I thought our instructor was so much fun, and I was very impressed by how in such a short period of time, we were able to go home with something very lovely to show off. It was really cool to look around and see all the different pattern and color variations of the same project!” – Chelsea Scarnegie, Editor
As you can see, we loved it. Polyform was kind enough to allow us to share the full project with you, dear readers. (Hey, thanks Iris and Anne!) We hope you’ll try it and tell us what you think.
Getting Started Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼” (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Create a thick sheet of Pearl clay using the acrylic roller.
Press the floral texture sheet into the sheet of Pearl clay using hand pressure. Look through the texture sheet to make sure the design is deep and even. Gently peel the texture sheet back to remove from the clay.
Press the frame side of the oval key fob into the Pearl clay to make an impression of the shape of the fob.
Remove the fob.
Carefully cut out the oval shape with the blade tool from the 5-in-1 Tool Set.
Gently position the oval clay shape in the key fob. Make sure the clay lays flat in the fob so that no air is trapped.
Swipe mica powders across the top of the textured areas with your fingertip. Place a pink heat set rhinestone in the design with tweezers. Bake as directed above with the clay in the fob. When the piece is completely cool, carefully pop the clay piece out of the fob and glue in permanently with fast setting glue.