May 6, 2011

How to make polymer clay covered pens.

Dear Chicago House,

Remember these lovely colorful pens that added a pop of color to my desk I shared with you earlier this week.



Well here is a little "how to" on how to make them.

You will need

  • A couple of blocks of oven bake polymer clay
  • A cheap bic type pen, the sort you can pull the ink cartridge from
  • A rolling pin
  • A sharp knife


Here is what you do.

Using half of the clay from each packet, soften it and one roll one piece flat and form the other into a sausage.


Trim the flat piece into a rectangle


Wrap the flat piece around the sausage and cut of excess sausage ends.

 

On a flat surface start rolling until your new sausage is about 12" long


Then cut it into 6 or 7 equal lengths.


And stack them together like this


Now roll out again to make a a sausage of about 12" again.

Take your knife and slice off the end ... sweet!


Cut the thin slices of the sausage to make tiles. You will need about 30 and will have a lot of sausage left. Store it in air tight container and it will stay soft for your next creation.


Now remove the ink from your pen.


And start sticking on your clay tiles in a brick pattern fashion. Don't worry about spaces.


Once you have your pen covered roll it on a flat surface, hey presto all the spaces disappear.


To harden the clay bake in a 275 deg F ( 13p deg C) oven for about 15 minutes. When cool you can put back your ink.

Aren't they they fun. There are all sorts of techniques you can use to make different tile designs. I will share those another day. ( at last got around to sharing the marble technique HERE)

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XXX



37 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! Do you have any other techniques to share??

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  2. I do have a few more techniques. I will post them soon. Thanks for stopping by and commenting

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  3. How did you make the pens that look marbelized?

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  4. Great tutorial. I knew this could be done but I didn't know how. Thanks! Saw you at Shabby Chic Cottage.

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  5. This is great! Looking forward to seeing your additional designs! The teens I work with are going to love making these!

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  6. Can you bake the clay so it is hard??? If so what are the instructions for that? :)

    Thanks

    KD

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    1. Yes bake on a glass baking dish at 275 for 15 minutes
      Polymer clay is non toxic

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  7. I tried this and they turned out great! I can't wait to see the tutorial for the other designs...

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  8. Those are wonderful :) I'm just starting with polymer clay so any tutorials are helping me understand how to use it.

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  9. The instructions for the clay were great, very easy to follow. However, I used a different kind of pen, the kind with the clear plastic barrel. Let's just say it didn't work out lol! The barrel melted. So definitely use the ones specified! Other than that, which was obviously MY fault, it worked perfectly!

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  10. I wanted to be sure the pen wouldn't melt after reading a few other blogs and it shrunk after 1 min. Will keeping the clay on keep it from shrinking?

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  11. The type of pens I have been using for these all have solid not clear barrels ... not much help I know. I am going to do a little more research and see if I can specify exactly the right pens.

    Thanks so much for your comments. I am going to write a tutorial in the next week or so on how to make the marblized version

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  12. Ooooo- such a clever idea! Can't wait to try it!

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  13. Pleaaaase post the other tutorials!!! :D

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  14. Ladies and gentlemen...there is a new tutorial on how to make the marble version of these pens HERE

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  15. I used the clear barrel pens with no problems at all. My only problem was when rolling the pen to get out the gaps it made the clay expand and become loose.

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  16. I had to squish it back down.... did you experience this problem? And how thick were the slices you did... mine I think are a little thick, and were having a hard time sticking the pen unless I squished them.

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    1. I haven't really encountered that problem, my slices are a couple of millimeters thick but I do have to squish them a bit to get them to initially stick. I'd love to see then pens you have made!

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  17. hiii, this pens are lovely! but i have a problem, do you think i could make them with cold porcelain instead of sculplex which, in my country is reaaally expensive and hard to find, thankss for your help! great tutorial!

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  18. I did this with the pens and they turned great! Then we got the idea to do forks and knives. Like on the handle? Perfect! Thanks do much

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    1. What a great idea...I wonder how they would hold up in the dishwasher or even washing by hand. I think I will have a go at this. Send me photos and I will include them!

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  19. Those are very nice! Have you ever tried this with air-dry clay? Maybe cold porcelain or a squishy clay, that could work! That is still amazing!

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  20. Hi! I want to stat making clay pens but does papermate White Bros pen work?

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  21. I just made some, they look really good :D

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  22. Awesome! I shared your tutorial on my website, here's the link:
    http://www.lescreateliers.com/Les_Createliers/Idees_Ideas/Entries/2012/8/23_Stylos_couverts_de_pate_polymerePolymer_clay_covered_pens.html
    Cheers,
    Marie-Eve

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  23. C EST GENIAL JE CONNAISSAIS AVEC LES CRAYONS MAIS LA SUPERBE BIZ

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  24. Can I put BIC atlantas pens in the oven?

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  25. OMG. i love you for this , thank you!!!!

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  26. thank you so much!!! i made some great ones and then added feathers to the top!! tried to do some fall ones......made some great leaf canes from you tube tutorial, but used solid white generic walmart pens and clay chipped off. luckily i always just make one first so i wrapped up my canes and will try again. the first time i used BIC white with the finger cushions and they came out great without cracking!! My first one warped so i cooked the next batch for 6-7 minutes and they came out great. But i am addicted now. it is however trial and error with the pens you have on hand!!

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  27. Can someone tell me how many pens you can make with about 8 oz of clay?

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  28. Doesn't a plastic pen melt in the oven?:o

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  29. How many pens can be made with what amount of clay?

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    1. I made 2 pens and had a few tiles left over. It is fun to combine tiles on different pens too

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