Published on April 27th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain4
Creative Clay Pens
I love playing with clay, but until recently haven’t had many ideas on how to make items I would actually use.
I’m not into figurines, but I do love to use clay to make jewelry.
I saw some clay pens made millefiori style, where there are multiple layers and made with canes, which are clay logs that have shapes inside of them.
They are kind of like slice and bake cookies.
That idea was a little (O.K., a lot!) over my head. I wanted something fun and simple.
And usable. I love usable stuff!
A while ago, I created a pickle pendant for a friend of my daughter. I translated that into some creative clay pens. Funny, they are usually a pen I reach for in my bucket.
I love them. From time to time, I drag out my box of clays and grab a package of pens to cover to make these darling pens.
I love the colors and prices of the Sculpey Clay packs. Here are some of the packs I have picked up, and if you use a craft store coupon, you could get them for $7-$10. A great deal!
Look at these cute fruits and veggie. From the left, I have a red strawberry, a watermelon, an orange, a pickle and back again to a strawberry, pickle, watermelon, and orange.
I love that they are silly and goofy, sticking their tongues out. Each one has their own expression.
That’s a Bic pen. You need a thicker base, these heavier plastic bases don’t melt in the oven.
You can use these BIC PENS.
Or these BIC PENS.
The pens I used are from the second link (above). You must remove the ink part before adding the clay to the pen.
First, I cut off a section of clay. This tutorial is for the strawberry pens I made.
Take two equal amounts of red and pink, then a bit of lime green.
Roll them in your hands and soften them up, then mix the red and pink in your hands to create the strawberry red.
HINT! Use hand sanitizer to clean your hands off after each color!
Remove the ink shaft and lay out some clay as flat as you can to cover the pen base.
Roll it and move the clay around to evenly cover the base. I then use the pen and roll it to get a smooth cover on the pen.
I used a razor knife to cut the excess clay from the bottom of the pen where the ink shaft is replaced. This keeps the clay from making the pen unusable.
Once you have a smooth base, poke holes all around and over the base.
I have a rounded end tool that makes great dimples to create the strawberry and orange.
For the top, add a small strip of green, then add two more, to create the leaves on the strawberry.
Make a little stem using a small log of clay. Add it to the top of the greenery, and add detail lines using a razor knife or needle.
For the face, use the round tool to create an indented mouth. Then add a dot nose. It’s just a rounded ball of clay pushed into the face above the mouth and slightly flattened.
Create two more round balls of white for the eyes.
Add two small black balls for the eyeballs.
Then, roll a super-thin and small log of red for eyebrows, place them over the eyes. Use a little pink clay to make a teardrop shape. Insert top of teardrop shape into mouth, use a razor knife to cut a split lightly into the tongue.
Bake them at 275 degrees F for about 15 minutes. I place my pens on a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil.
Once they are baked. I use Clear Spray to coat them with a little gloss protection.
Once they are dry, I replace the ink and they are ready to use.
So much fun!