A bit of shawl pin fun!

This past weekend I read a great tutorial by Mimi, over at Eskimimi Makes, on how to make Polymer Clay Shawl Pins.  Her step by step process seemed easy enough, so  I decided to stop in at Joann’s to pick up what I would need to make a shawl pin.  I purchased four colors of clay, a set of Wilton cookie cutters, acrylic spray and a small clay tool set.  I had a great coupon to use at Joann’s, so my approximate cost for supplies came to $25.00 .

I followed Mimi’s process and for my very first attempt, I have to say that I was happy with the way my clay creations turned out.  I ended up with four shawl pins and since I didn’t want to waste the extra clay that was cut away from each pin, I make a few buttons too!

I wasn’t sure what I was going to use for the pin part and thought a DPN might work, but my hubby came to the rescue with a great suggestion.  He had a small piece of 4.50mm dowel rod out in the garage that he cut into 5″ pieces and created points for each piece by simply using a pencil sharpener.  After sanding them a bit, they were ready for the polymer clay tops that I created to match the shawl pin.  Everything went into the oven for the required baking and once cooled, I used an acrylic spray to seal and finish them off.

I had enough clay left over to making four matching buttons!

Now I have shawl pins that I can use for my scarves, shawls and more, as well as a few great decorative buttons.  This was  a fun project that was very affordable and left me with enough clay that I can make more pins or buttons, or even pendants !

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

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18 responses to “A bit of shawl pin fun!

  1. Those turned out beautiful. What a great idea.

  2. I love the pins and buttons almost as much as I love the pineapple crochet piece you use on your table. Do you have the pattern for that?

    • Thank you so much Jean :) The pineapple crochet piece was purchased from an antique shop, so I’m so sorry, I don’t have a pattern.

  3. Wow, your pins turned out great. You would never know they are your first. Beautiful!

  4. Those are gorgeous, Tina. I am quite envious!

  5. knitterbeader

    Wow, aren’t you clever. They look beautiful – do I see an Etsy shop in your future?

  6. Wow! You are a very multi-talented lady! These are fabulous! I mean they are truly works of art.

    The second from the top seems to have a blue shimmer/tint to it. Yummy!

    Some of them remind me of marbelized fudge.

  7. Wendi

    Well count me impressed! But how on earth are you gonna use ALL of those? (hint-Hint) :)

  8. Plus if you want variety, you can stain and varnish some of the picks!

  9. Those are so cute! And the buttons are awesome! Can’t wait to see what you use them on.

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