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Published on March 25th, 2016 | by Kristen Swain

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Kaleidoscope Clay Pens

Kaleidoscope Clay Pens, these clay pens are such fun! I enjoy making these clay covered pens a whole lot. They are quite relaxing for me, and I can create one or lots!  They also make great gifts, party favors, craft fair items, sleepover and group crafts.

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This Kaleidoscope design is super easy and this technique is modeled after making clay canes. A cane is a rope of clay that has design inside of it, and is often cut into coins shapes to be wrapped or rolled into designs for beads and such. I love how I used a lot of scrap pieces of clay on these pens, which was a real money saver. I love writing with these pens, they are soft feeling, as well as super comfortable in my hand. My teens often take a few to school and they get a lot of compliments on them.

This technique is so much easier then trying to create elaborate canes, and the pens are just beautiful!

I will walk you through the technique using photos and instructions.

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I use these Bic pens, and pull out the ink cartridge and I also toss the cap because it won’t fit when they are covered. I have found these pens at office supply stores, the dollar store and stores like Walmart.

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First, buy your clay, or get out your clay. I use Sculpey Clay in a multi package of many colors. It can be found online or at craft stores. It is about $15 for a large box or about $9 for a smaller box. Single colors can also be purchased if you are looking to only make pens in special colors, the single packages are about $3 each.

Chose your colors. I chose pink, yellow, lime green and white.  Soften your clay by rolling it between your hands for a minute or two. At the same time, begin rolling ropes in each color. Chose about how many ropes you want of each color. I used two each of the colors, and three white ropes. These ropes should be about a pencil thick, and about 3 inches long.

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Place the ropes next to each other and lightly press them together.  Then use a knife ( a razor knife is best) and cut the rope piece into three pieces.

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Now attach the three pieces together again, into a new piece. It will be kind of thick, but hang in there.

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Begin rolling the thick log into a thinner log. Once it is smaller, you will only need it to be about 1 inch or so thick.

No worries about size though! The smaller the log, the smaller the pieces of the canes, and the more intricate the final look you will get.

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Each log can vary, it will just depend on how big you want your final coin sized pieces. I liked mine at about the size of a penny.

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Use that razor knife again and cut thin pieces or coins off of the kaleidoscope cane. Each piece should be the size of a coin, not much thicker or thinner tho.

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Begin to add the coins to the pen, wrap them around the pen covering as much of the pen as you can, without too much overlap.

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Once you have covered the pen, begin rolling the pen again to even out the lumps and the separate pieces to form them into one solid covering.

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To finish, make sure the top of the pen is totally covered, and where the ink cartridge is is open. I use the razor knife to trim off the extra clay.

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Then refine the edge with my fingers to smooth it out. You can see that I have a thin layer of clay on the pen, it’s smooth and ready for baking.

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Bake your pens at 275degrees in your oven for 15 minutes. I like to cover my cooking pan with aluminum foil and crumple it a bit to hold the pens up off the surface for more even baking.

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Allow the pens to cool, replace the pen cartridges and they are ready to use! I made a huge variety in just two days.

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Enjoy!

kris



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