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 ( 130 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)
Creative in Chicago