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DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle

DIY Crochet Hook Polymer Clay Handle Tutorial

DIY Crochet Hook Polymer Clay Handle Tutorial

DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle - As you all know by now I really enjoy crocheting.  It’s what I do to relax.  A while ago, I tried my hand at amigurumi (the Japanese craft of crocheting small stuffed animals).  It took me a little less than an hour to decide that amigurumi wasn’t for me and then it took me a bit longer to realize why… it hurts my hands.  The little hooks that you use to crochet in this style are so tiny that you really have to get a good grip on them and I found my hands would cramp up. A few weeks ago, I randomly came across a photo of someone holding a hook covered in what I presumed was polymer clay and I had my “ah-ha” moment – that’s what I need to do for my hooks too. I went to the store and bought a variety of Fimo packages in different colors along with a straight blade for cutting the clay. I rolled and twisted and rolled some more until I had some marbled designs that I was happy with, popped them in the oven and 15 minutes later I had beautiful and practical crochet hooks. If you’re hands hurt from crocheting, I highly suggest this easy modification that will make a world of difference for your hands.

Material:

  • Polymer clay in various colors (Sculpy, Premo, Fimo, etc.) *if you just want the functionality without the hassle of mixing colors, you can make things easier by just using one color.
  • Straight blade or sharp knife
  • Cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Crochet hooks

Directions:

  1. Choose 3-5 colors of clay and knead the clay until it’s soft and then roll the clay into little logs (I made them about 2″ long).
  2. Take all the logs and twist them together. Roll on a smooth flat surface.
  3. Fold over and twist again. Roll on a smooth flat surface. Keep doing this until you’re happy with the design. *Be careful not to do it too many times or it will all just turn into one color – likely grey or brown.
  4. Roll the clay smooth and until it’s about the width of a pen and about 4″ long. If you find your piece of clay has gotten too long as you rolled it out just cut off any excess clay so that you have it the correct length.
  5. Gently take the end of your crochet hook and with a back and forth twisting motion push the hook into the clay. Be patient, it goes in pretty easily as long as it isn’t forced quickly. Keep going until you’re almost at the end of the clay log.
  6. Now roll the clay with the hook in it on the smooth surface and taper the end closest to the hook.  Feel free to trim a little from the end if it gets too close to the end.
  7. On the side furthest from the hook, gently tap against your hard surface until it’s flattened.
  8. Ad a small circular piece of white clay to the end. This is where you’ll write the hook size with a permanent market or use a stamp to mark the size.
  9. Place  the crochet hook and handle on a cookie sheet that has a layer of parchment paper on it.  Cook in the oven at 275 degrees F for 15 minutes (add a few minutes if it’s thicker than 1/4″).
  10. Take out of oven, allow to cool.

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Tutorial on how to make polymer clay grips for your crochet hooks.

Tutorial on how to make polymer clay grips for your crochet hooks.

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21 Comments on DIY Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle

  1. Tawnya
    October 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM (9 months ago)

    This is such a great idea. My hand hurts from my hooks as well and I had been using those foam things you put on pencils, but they were not big enough. I will have to give this a try. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Jamey
      October 25, 2013 at 8:18 AM (9 months ago)

      Give it a try Tawnya, it really helped my hands. Good luck!
      ~ Jamey

      Reply
  2. Emily
    October 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM (9 months ago)

    Such a great idea, thank you! I will have to try this.

    Reply
  3. Ria Smits
    October 26, 2013 at 2:04 AM (9 months ago)

    Great idea (don’t know if I get it wright??? i’m dutch so english writing is a bit difficult) but I like it very much and give it a try.Thanks for sharing, greatings Ria

    Reply
  4. Amy
    October 26, 2013 at 7:43 AM (9 months ago)

    I just literally sat and went through your whole blog this morning lol, all the way to your intro post. Love it, I’m a new subscriber and follower. Thanks for sharing all the goodies.

    Reply
    • Jamey
      October 26, 2013 at 8:45 AM (9 months ago)

      Thanks so much for taking the time to do that Amy and I’m really glad you enjoy my blog. Thanks for the comment.
      ~ Jamey

      Reply
  5. Karyn Hyland
    November 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM (8 months ago)

    This is exactly what I have had in my brain but couldn’t work out how to do it.I suffer from cramped hands as well,I love to crochet and this will make it all the more easier.I have bought hooks with a thicker shaft but where it starts on the hook isn’t smooth enough and hurts the thumb.
    This was sent to me from a very good friend who knew I was after something like this.
    Thank you thankyou thankyou.

    Reply
    • Jamey
      November 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM (8 months ago)

      Karyn,

      I’m so happy you’re going to try this so that you can back into crocheting again. You’re welcome, welcome, welcome!
      ~ Jamey

      Reply
  6. Cindy
    November 11, 2013 at 3:57 AM (8 months ago)

    Thanks for the tutorial. I have also been using the grips which go on pencils and it has helped but isn’t always the most comfortable. This is an idea I will definitely try!

    Reply
  7. RULAT
    November 11, 2013 at 6:02 AM (8 months ago)

    THANK YOU SO MUCH,MY HAND IS ACHING ALL TIME , NOW I WILL GET RELIEF

    Reply
  8. LaDonna
    November 30, 2013 at 8:59 PM (7 months ago)

    Thank you!! My projects can be done, and my hands don’t ache and look like a claw!

    Reply
  9. Tania
    December 17, 2013 at 7:18 AM (7 months ago)

    Great idea. This way I can have unique hooks and shape them to what’s comfortable to me!

    Reply
  10. Vicki Fowlkes
    December 26, 2013 at 7:08 PM (7 months ago)

    Thanks so much I am dying to try these and they are not only practical they are beautiful!

    Reply
  11. Fran
    February 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM (5 months ago)

    I had thought about this, and played with a little of the clay (sculpey primo) but it seemed like it would be heavy and would be quite tiring to use. Is this true? are different brands of clay different weights? does the clay lighten up when it is baked? Thanks so much.

    Reply
  12. SANDRA
    February 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM (5 months ago)

    thank you so much for sharing your finds and experiences!

    Reply
  13. carol
    February 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM (4 months ago)

    I just made an entire set of these hooks. They don’t seem any heavier to me. Instead of putting the white on the top I gently pressed a rubber stamp from my scrapbooking stuff into the clay before I cooked it. Worked great! Now I can get back to my crochet project because they have cooled off.

    Reply
  14. Cate
    March 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM (4 months ago)

    These are so pretty and unique! Definitely have to try this for myself.

    Reply
  15. Ann B
    March 30, 2014 at 12:59 AM (3 months ago)

    For Fran. Yes, there are some clays that are lighter weight. See Etsy’s Polymer Clay Barn. I believe somewhere on there she mentions the clay she uses. I have a set of hooks she covered and they are very lightweight.

    Reply
  16. penny
    March 30, 2014 at 5:57 PM (3 months ago)

    thanks looks great

    Reply
  17. Mana
    June 23, 2014 at 10:05 AM (3 weeks ago)

    Can I use plastic hooks or will they melt?

    Reply
    • Jamey
      June 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM (2 weeks ago)

      Hi Mana,

      I’m not sure but I’m guessing they would melt. You could always test with a hook you don’t use and see what happens.
      ~ Jamey

      Reply

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