The old saying goes…”See a penny, pick it up, all day long, you’ll have good luck.” So even though pennies aren’t worth much these days, they are still lucky. Keep a lucky penny from a birth year, anniversary, wedding or just a shiny new one with you all the time on a piggy bank key chain easily created with some polymer clay.
You will need:
Polymer clay, medium pink and white
Polymer clay tools, roller, cutter pointed and smoothing tools
Optional X-acto or craft knife for precision when cutting
Penny of choice
Waxed paper to cover work surface
Pig pattern (click for download)
Size E black or brown seed bead
Small eye screw
Gloss acrylic sealer for clay and small paintbrush
1. Clay blocks usually come with four sections scored. Cut off three sections off the pink and one section of the white and knead with your hands until the clay is conditioned and mixed. There will a slight white mottling through the pink of the clay. If you are making this for a man (and there are never enough craft projects suited for men) you can use three sections of white and one section of black to make a black and white pig. Pull off and set aside a small amount of mixed clay (Frame around penny)
2. Use the clay roller to roll out the clay to a ¼” thickness. Download and cut out the pig pattern. Place the pattern on top of the rolled out clay and carefully cut around the shape with the cutting tool or a craft knife. Smooth the edges with your fingers or the smoothing clay tool.
3. Use the pointed tool to punch two holes for the nose and indent a bit at the ears and hooves.
4. Place the penny in the center of the pig and trace around with the pointed tool. Carefully dig out this center till the penny can fit in it flush. Roll out two skinny snakes and twist together. Place around the penny in the pig and press to adhere. Adjust the shape if necessary. Roll another small snake and taper it at one end. Attach it to the rear bringing up the tapered end into a curl.
5. Use the pointed tool to push a black seed bead where the eye should be. Make a hole in the top center of the pig for attaching the eye screw.