Thursday, June 7, 2012

Polymer Clay Monogrammed Tie Tack




What do you buy a Dad for Father's Day?  You can always go with the old standby--a tie, but add a personal touch If you do. Why not make him a monogrammed Tie Tack?  It’s easy to make with polymer clay and if you like you can add an extra bit of flash with some scrap gold or silver leaf.  Why stop here, though, after you have made Dad a tie tack why not make some earrings for yourself as well???  To make earrings simple follow the instructions to make two more clay designs using your initials and glue on earring backs.

You will need:

Small amount of Black Polymer clay

Bits of scrap gold or silver leaf  (optional)

Rolling pin or pasta maker designated for polymer clay use only

Waxed paper to cover work surface

Sculpey Gloss finish for polymer clay

Small paintbrush

Small letter beads (available in craft stores)

Tiny oval clay cutter (available in the clay dept. of the craft store)

Tie tack finding

If you are making earrings too, you will need earring back findings for stud earrings

E6000 Glue

1.     Condition the clay by kneading with your hands. If you are adding the gold or silver leaf break up some pieces of the leaf and add to the clay and continue to knead mixing into the clay.  If you are not using the silver or gold leaf just continue to the next step.




2.      Roll the conditioned clay onto the waxed paper to 1/4” inch thickness.

3.     Use the tiny oval clay cutter to cut out an oval shape from the clay. 


4.     Center a small letter bead of choice in the middle of the oval shape and press to set. 



5.     Cover a baking pan with aluminum foil and bake in your home oven at 250 degrees for 20 minutes.  Cool.

6.     When your design has cooled, brush on some gloss finish and let dry.



7.     When the finish has dried glue on the tie tack finding to the back with the E6000 glue and let dry.