All right, today’s tutorial is going to be a quickie, because I am getting ready for Miss Raya’s second birthday party today (yesterday, by the time you read this)! Yeah! But I did make up these very cute and very easy Christmas hair pins, and I’d like to show you how to make your own!
What you will need:
- Polymer clay – just a very small amount will suffice
- Christmas-themed small stamps
- Optional (but helpful) clay cutter – ideally it will be just slightly larger than your stamps
- Clay roller
- Wax paper for your workspace
- Hair Pins with bails – you should be able to find these at any craft store near the jewelry supplies
- Permanent adhesive (I use E6000)
Now, to get started, work your clay until it’s soft, and roll it out 1/4″ thick. I do this on wax paper so that it removes easily.
Now, stamp your designs into your clay (yes, do this before you cut it, if you’re going to use a cutter). :) The clay will spread slightly when you stamp it. Especially if you enjoy the look of an offset design – by cutting it after it’s stamped, you’ll get the most consistent shape.
Now, cut out your design(s).
Then, bake them according to package instructions. All brands have different directions, but this should take about 30 minutes.
Once they are baked and cooled, they can be added to the bails. Just put a SMALL dab of adhesive on your bail. For products like E6000, a little really goes a long way.
And just put a bail on the back of each clay disc you’ve made. I made 8. Hey, don’t judge.
Now just let them dry for at least an hour. I just set them aside and did party-prep business for a couple hours.
Clearly… I like that snowflake stamp. ;)
These would make really cute gifts for any young ladies in your life. You can just clip them to a card to gift them. The snowflakes even last well beyond Christmas and can be worn all winter, so they’d be a great stocking stuffer!
I hope you like this little project, it was a really fun one for me! I also want to give you regular readers a head’s up that I’m going to gush over my baby girl tomorrow instead of having a tutorial. :) She will officially be TWO tomorrow! Time sure flies!
Thanks for coming by!