Jan 26, 2012

Polymer Clay Pens: Marble Tutorial

Dear Chicago House,

What do you know, those polymer clay covered pens have been a huge hit in blog land and I did promise a more techniques on creating them. So it is about time I shared a tutorial on making a marble design, and in celebration of up coming valentines day they are in pink

Lets kick off with the finished product.


You will need

  • A few blocks of polymer clay- contrasting colors work best and I use Sculpey
  • Cheap pens that the ink stick can be removed from. I generally use pens my husband picks up from hotels, the ones that solid white plastic seem to work best.


To make a Marble Pattern
Start by softening the clay in your hands, some colors take a lot longer to soften than others. When they are nicely pliable roll into 12" sausages, then twist together fold in half and roll this out into a 12" sausage again. Cut sausage in half and repeat this process about 4 times.


To make the pen

Slice the sausage into thin slices, remove the ink from the pen barrel and tile the clay pieces on as show, don't worry about gaps. Then roll the pen on a flat surface and the gaps will dissapear.


Bake according to the directions on your clay, re insert the ink and voila!

Here are some more ideas. You can use more than two colors and multiple patterns on one pen barrel.

Enjoy, I'd love to see photos of your results. Send them to me at creativeinchi@gmail.com and I will feature them!

Love from

Creative in Chicago

XX

15 comments:

  1. I love working with polymer clay! Reminds me to get back to it! Maybe i'll make some of these for valentines day!
    Xo,
    Margo Isadora
    dontmisit.blogspot.com

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  2. What a fun idea! I'm going to have to share this with my daughter. It's right up her alley. I found you through Handy Man, Crafty Woman. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. This is an idea my teenage daughter originally brought home from an art class at school so I am sure your daughter will love this project!

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  3. ummm for some reason blogger has "eaten" some of the comments I approved on this post...sorry!

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  4. Making some of these tomorrow :D I love this idea!!

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  5. fantastic! just made some

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    1. wonderful...I'd love to see them, if you send me a picture I'll give you a shout out!

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  6. The one thing I would suggest is to use the classic white Bic Stic pens only. I have found that those are the only ones that don't melt in the oven. Otherwise, I love using and making stuff with the polymer clay! Great ideas!

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  7. I wish I had read the previous post! I used the clear BIC pens and mine melted and then cracked the clay (idk if the two errors were related)

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  8. Doesn't the pen melt?

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  9. Some pens melt - don't use Staples brand. They melted on me. I used the clear papermate Bic pens & they were fine. Don't cook them more than 10 min either.

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  10. Gorgeous and simple! Thank you for sharing. My daughter is making them at her 9th birthday party. She is so thrilled! She's planning to use them as gifts for her teachers, too!

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    1. great birthday party craft, the kids will love them!

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  11. I always wanted to learn how to use p.clay.
    I love the pens, but is there anything easier?

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