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.
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!