Polymer Clay Tutorial #5: Popsicles

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Before you start crafting:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Clean your craft tools with a baby wipe or a wet cloth.
  • Clean your craft surface with a wet cloth or a baby wipe.
  • Keep baby wipes or wet cloth on hand to clean your hands when switching to different colors of clay
  • Optional, place some parchment paper or wax paper on your work surface.

List of Materials:

  • Tan or light colored clay for the stick part of the Popsicle. You can also use a toothpick for this.
  • Metal Findings. Jump ring,lobster clasps, ball chain, eye pins,head pins and so on of your choice.
  • Metal Pliers.
  • Craft Knife
  • Liquid Clay
  • Ball Tool
  • Q- Tip and Rubbing Alcohol.
  • Any Color of Polymer Clay for your Popsicle. I am using Premo! and Sculpey

Tutorial:

Condition your clay, and shape it into a generic Popsicle shape.  This can be like flatten egg shape,rectangle shape or any shape you’d like a heart or star. Be creative.

When you condition your clay, before you shape it, press it down on the table with your finger. If the clay shows cracks on the sides this means your clay is not conditioned properly.

After you conditioned and shaped your clay. Take a Q-Tip and rubbing alcohol to clean off finger prints or lint off your clay. If you do not have rubbing alcohol, use nail polish remover AFTER baking to clean it off.

Now that your piece is clean. Take a dotting or small ball tool to create ridges into the clay like most generic Popsicles have. Be gentle and not to poke too far into the clay. Just far enough that there are ridges.

Now take your ball tool and create a small indent at the bottom of the Popsicle, this is to help secure the stick you will create with the clay. You can skip this step if you plan on using a tooth pick or a small Popsicle stick and inserting that into the charm instead.

Now roll out two flatten small logs to create the Popsicle stick with light brown or tan clay. Use a toothpick or ball tool to create a wooden texture.

Next attach the parts. I  am going to use liquid clay to help adhere the parts. You can use liquid clay to attach a tooth pick to the charm aswell instead of  the tan clay.

Feel free to use a q-tip and rubbing alcohol  to clean off the clay again before baking.

Now you can bake it here or add in a eye pin. I am going to turn these into key chains.

Take your eyepin and bend the eye pin into an angle,  Bend it in front of the eye pin hole, that way when you insert it will face the correct way.

Add the eye pin angle in first so when we insert it, the hole will be facing the sides away from the front of the charm

Push the eye pin down to begin securing it.

Now twist the eye pin to the left, this will secure the eye pin without having to add glue after baking.

Now bake according to package instructions! After baking and cooling. Feel free to use a glaze or varnish to give it shine.

Before glazing, use nail polish remover to clean up an extra lint or finger prints AFTER baking.

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