Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day
Don’t show up on the first day of school with the same boring pens as everyone else. Create vibrant and stylish clay-covered pens to start the school year out with a bit of flair.
- BIC round stick pens, three
- Soft polymer clay: red, gold, white, fluorescent pink, metallic purple, black, granite
- Old gift card or promotional credit card (for cutter)
- Clay-dedicated rolling pin
- Needle-nose pliers
- Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
ruler, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)
(Note: BiC pens won’t melt when baked in the oven. Don’t substitute!)
Cover work surface with plastic tablecloth. Use pliers to pull gold tip and ink stick out of pens. Set aside.
To condition clays, remove from package and roll in hands until soft. (Note: For one pen, 1⁄3 package of each color is needed.) Flatten clay and fold in half. If clay cracks when folded, keep conditioning.
For one pen, choose two or three colors to blend together. Use rolling pin to shape clays into 1⁄8”-thick flat rectangles. Stack two or three different-colored rectangles together. Use rolling pin to flatten clays into one 1⁄8”-thick rectangle.
With hands, roll rectangle into tube. Continue rolling tube until colors blend together and clay is smooth.
Use gift card to slice off pieces from tube. Roll slices onto pen, covering length.
Smooth out pen by rolling on work surface.
Place pen on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay.
by Laurie D’Ambrosio