DIY button stamp tool tutorial – great for pottery, polymer clay, play dough and plasticine.
DIY Button Stamp Tool Tutorial – A number of months back, I came across a bucket list of things I’d like to try that I had made years ago and forgotten all about. I was so thrilled when I browsed through the list and realized that I had done all but one item on my list. Strangely enough though, I had just signed up to take a pottery class – the one missing item from my list. After my first class, it quickly occurred to me that I had fallen in love with what was to become my new hobby. The tactile, hands-on, fingers in the clay thing and the scent of damp earth seemed to fulfill something in my life that I didn’t even know I was missing. One class turned into three classes; three classes turned into nine classes, and now I’ve just signed up for an advanced pottery class for the fall.
At some point in my research for pottery ideas, I noticed that many of the potters and studios have their signature stamps that they put on all their work. I loved this idea the moment I saw it. I’m still a beginner potter and don’t quite feel like I can use my own signature stamp yet but I still love the idea of having a little extra detail hidden somewhere on the clay piece. One day I popped into a second hand shop and I came across this amazing bag full of antique buttons. For a mere $2 I bought the bag full of buttons and rushed home to figure out how to turn these into stamps. The process is pretty easy and I have to say I couldn’t believe how sturdy and durable these clay stamp turned out. These texture tools are great for pottery clay, polymer clay and the kids will love them for play dough and plasticine.
DIY Button Stamp Tool Tutorial
- Polymer Clay (Sculpy, Fimo, etc)
- Nylon string (fishing wire will work)
- Cookie sheet with parchment paper
Directions (see photos below):
- Using a 4″ nylon string, find two buttons (similar size works best) and tie the buttons together.
- Roll out a piece of polymer clay and form into a cylinder shape. Make the size of the clay a little shorter than the nylon string with the buttons when pulled taut. The role of clay should also be a little fatter than the width of the buttons.
- Using a sharp knife, cut a slit down the length of cylinder of polymer clay but only half way into the cylinder.
- Pulling the buttons taut, slide the nylon string with the buttons on the ends down into the slit.
- Gently squish the two sides of the cylinder polymer clay together and slowly roll the clay until the clay squishes down to meet both buttons and fills the space behind the buttons.
- Carefully place the button stamp tool onto a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake using the polymer clay baking instructions (I baked mine for 20 minutes at 275 degrees).
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Download your easy to make DIY Button Stamp Tool instructions here.
DIY polymer clay stamp texture tool 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.
- 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
- 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).
- Take all the logs and twist them together. Roll on a smooth flat surface.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- On the side furthest from the hook, gently tap against your hard surface until it’s flattened.
- 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.
- 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″).
- Take out of oven, allow to cool.
Also, if you’re new to crocheting and would like to take your crocheting to the next level before you try your next crochet project, I highly recommend some of the online crochet classes at Craftsy. Craftsy has amazing courses taught by world class instructors.
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Tutorial on how to make polymer clay grips for your crochet hooks.