Published on June 29th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain2
Gnome Clay Pens
I’m still creating new clay pens. It’s a borderline obsession.
They are so cute, and I just love coming up with different designs. I am always thinking about how I could recreate a character on a pen and make it adorable.
I use pens a lot, and it makes me feel happy to pull one of these fun designs out of my purse. It almost makes going grocery shopping enjoyable. Almost.
Or…writing to-do lists, or signing a check, or those nameless thousand of other uses for writing with a pen. Those things are less tiresome when using a cute pen. So, without further ado, here are some cute gnome clay pens.
You need some Sculpey Clay
…and ink pens.
To begin, pull the ink cartridge from the pen. Cover the pen with a layer of clay. I used red.
Pinch off a small piece of flesh-colored clay, flatten it and add it towards the top of the pen.
Push the clay into the pen, then roll a little to embed it.
Pinch off a marble-sized piece of blue clay, then flatten it and wrap it around the pen – just over the top of the flesh piece.
Wrap it around the top of the pen fully, then smooth the seam and pinch the top.
Roll the top part to curl into itself.
Flatten out a piece of white clay, shape into an oblong shape, and pinch the tip. Place it on the flesh piece as beard.
Roll a small ball for the nose, and place it onto the flesh of the face – just on top of the beard.
Pinch a small piece off of the flesh-colored clay, then shape it into a long teardrop shape. These are the ears.
Place as evenly as possible on either side of the face, overlapping the beard.
Create a single ball of teal, then 5 balls of purple and place on gnome’s hat.
Use a tool or needle to push the edges of the purple balls into the clay creating a flower shape.
Once you have all your clay pens finished. Place them on foil on a cooking sheet. Heat oven to 275 degrees F., and bake for 20 minutes.
Spray your pens with a clear polyurethane to give them shine.
Aren’t they just too cute? I adore them!
*TIP: Make these on wooden dowels instead, and create planter stakes.