Published on May 27th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain0
More Clay Pens – Teddy Bears
Honestly, I didn’t start creating these pens thinking that I would come up with a lot of ideas.
As time has gone on, I have tried some fun ideas that worked out. There were some that didn’t work so well. Ice cream cone pens didn’t make the cut so far.
However, these teddy bears ended up being a big hit at the last craft fair I attended. I sold out! Every one I made of these sold, plus some of the other pens I had as well.
And even better, they are a terrific way of using some of your scrap colors up.
Let’s get started so you can see.
Take the ink out of the pen, and then you can wrap it with clay. These are the type I am using. It’s important to use the right kind of pen so that the outer pen doesn’t melt and warp in the oven.
Cover with clay then roll smooth. If you have multiple shades of a color, mix them together to marbleize them.
Take a long snake of clay and place it down the pen.
Roll the pen to smooth the clay out, and smooth with your fingers to get a more even line. I didn’t worry much, what bear has a perfectly smooth belly?
Take the same color as the outside of the bear, and add two pea-sized flattened pieces to the top of the pen.
Then, add a tear drop shaped piece to the ear as well, in another color. I used the belly color.
Your ears will look like this.
Then take a pointed or rounded took and push into the ears at the bottom. It will seat the ears better onto the clay on the pen, and will look like folded inner ears.
Now we work on his face.
Put two white round pieces for his eyes, and two small round pieces for his irises.
Flatten the black balls for his eyes, and gently press the white part as well.
Make a round piece in the base color of the pen, and flatten it for the muzzle part. Also make a round black ball for his nose.
I used the razor knife to cut down the face of the muzzle.
Take a small piece of a color. Flatten it out and round the ends.
Fold the two ends into the middle of the piece.
Place that piece on the pen under the muzzle of the bear.
Take the base color again and make a short log with it.
After cutting it in half, flatten one end and place on the side of the pen, as one arm.
Place the second arm, and flatten it well into the pen to assure it sticks well.
Add details. Use a rounded sharp tool and press it in the center of the bow on the bear. Add two small pink cheek dots.
Use the razor knife to press into the paws and make the toes.
At the bottom of the pen, make two feet, with two large balls.
Then add three dots for toes and press the balls into the clay.
Once you are finished with the bear, bake at 275 degrees F on a foil sheet on a baking tray for about 25 minutes.
Reinsert the base with the ink refill and you are done, or you could seal with a clear poly spray.
TIP**** Use smaller pieces of clay for the details and use up your clay scraps for the bears. Make them any color!