That's right, I went and bought some Creative Paperclay®. My original intention was to make buttons. I have a second love and it's buttons. Did you ever play that game in grade school, on rainy or snowy days, called "Button"? You know, "Button, button, who's got the button?" Well, I never wanted to give up the button if I was lucky enough to get it.
**mental groan for all the confused faces I'm picturing right now**
That's beside the point. And a post for another day. What I did was make a handle for one of my size D/3 - 3.25MM hooks. I have some polymer clay in a drawer somewhere but for some reason I just can't bring myself to bake that clay in the same oven where I bake my cornbread. Am I the only one? Toaster oven is on the list for "one of these days" but I haven't seen that particular day on my calendar yet.
I followed the directions on the package of the Creative Paperclay® for making my handle. After rolling up a log to the approximate size I thought it should be, I just pushed the end of the hook into the clay until it covered the center flat part that tells you the sizing information. I then pinched the clay around the hook itself to make it tighter. And because I over estimated, I pinched off the extra from the bottom. I used that "pinched" part for the size notation you see above. I made that using a toothpick and poking it into the clay repeatedly. I tried to "draw" it into the clay but it wanted to pull and bunch up so I poked it instead.
The clay itself is white (if I had been smart I would have taken before pictures) so the color you're seeing here is what I painted after the clay had hardened. I used plain acrylic paints, some water, papertowels and an old emory board to get that pattern.
Basically, I played with it until I was happy with the way it looked, then I sprayed it with some clear acrylic gloss coating. I am pleased as punch with my new handle and I'm thinking ahead to things I can make with it.
Peace and blessings,
|Materials I used to paint it with.|
|I covered the hook part with foil before spraying the gloss coating.|
|Doesn't look like clay, does it? I like it =D|
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