Stamped Polymer Clay Bracelet

Okay.  Polymer clay just rocks.
Be warned – I’ve had such great success with a few polymer clay charms that I will be bringing you a few different ideas in the coming weeks.  It’s inexpensive (and on sale at Michael’s this week!), easy to work with, and really versatile.
My husband, while certain to miss Peyton Manning, is really excited that the Colts just signed Andrew Luck. He is a die-hard Colts fan.  Which means that I am by association, also a Colts fan.  (Unless he is being a jerk, then I tell him I love Drew Brees.  Teehee.)  So he enjoys when I have girly fan gear too.

This was a fun little bracelet I whipped up with my metal stamps.  The letters are from my original basic set (a simple, industrial font seemed to be the best fit for football) and the horseshoe is from ImpressArt Metal Stamps.  (If you’d like to read more about ImpressArt, I reviewed some of their stamps earlier this month.)  If you’ve been struggling as a beginner with metal stamping, another medium you may want to try is clay – because if you goof it up, all you have to do is squish it and roll it back out again – and no hammer necessary!

What you’ll need:
Polymer Clay – this is just a pinch out of the package of silver Sculpey clay I’ve been working with
Roller and Wax Paper
Small clay cutter
Toothpick for making holes
Metal stamps
Acrylic paint, a fine paintbrush, and paper towel
Gloss Glaze
Cotton or hemp twine
Optional crimp ends or end caps

Pinch off a bit of clay.  The package come divided into four bricks, this was about 1/4 or 1/3 of one brick.  roll it out to 1/4 inch thick.

I didn’t have the exact shape cutter that I wanted, so here is how I improvised.

I cut it square, and then rolled it out a little more so that it became more rectangular, and slightly rounded on the ends.  You can use a toothpick to push your edges into place if anything looks uneven.

Then, I used my stamps to carefully press my design in.

Tadaa!  Now, use a toothpick or something similar to make holes big enough to accommodate your twine.  Then, bake your charm according to the package directions.


Once it cooled, I used a fine-tipped paintbrush and some blue acrylic paint to darken my impressions.  I just used a damp paper towel to wipe away the excess.

Then, add a coat of gloss glaze to your charm to protect it, which will also give it a nice shine.  You can find it in the clay aisle.  Make sure the glaze doesn’t pool in your holes.  If it does, clear it out with a toothpick.
Once the glaze has dried, you can assemble your bracelet.  Cut off a few strands of coordinating twine.  I sed two colors, and cut off about 8″ strands because I’m adding end caps.  If you’re planning to tie this instead, be sure to make your strands longer.
I doubled them up, and threaded them through.  If your hole is big enough, or if you’re only using one kind of twine, you could make a lark’s head knot here.  But I didn’t have enough clearance to double up the twine – so I just threaded it through – 
And made an overhand knot.  Do this on each side.

Then, determine exactly how long you need your bracelet to be, and trim up the ends evenly.

I was using a standard end cap, so I need to add a dot of glue to the inside first.  If you are using a crimp end cap, you probably won’t need to do this.
Then, just attach your clasp and you are ready to go!

What piece of fan gear would you like to make?
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Comments

  1. That is adorable! I am a Bears fan (the hubs likes the Chiefs). I think I want one of these for myself!

  2. Kadie says:

    My husband loves it when I wear football things!! {anything sports related really!} I like that this is feminine enough with out loosing the football theme. Great job. I just happen to have some polymer clay laying around hmmmmmm…….

  3. Terry says:

    You could likely make a small fortune making these for the gals who want to show support but don't want to wear masculine jewelry to do so. Turned out really great.

  4. Meredith says:

    So cute! I need to revisit my clay from the fingerprint charm! I basically still have a whole package. That stuff really does go a long way! :o)

  5. Heidi says:

    Adrianne, you're killing me! I have some polymer clay that I picked up on sale awhile back, but I swore that I wasn't going to start ANY new projects until I finish organizing and cleaning up my new craft room (and that's still going to take a few full days!)…but I may just have to break that promise to whip one of these out because they're just too cute and easy! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Christine Bryant says:

    Super Cute!!…L.O.V.E. this…may have to do this with my girls in my youth ministry group…Thanks!!

    Be Blessed <3

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  9. Tamika Rybinski says:

    what a great idea, thanks for sharing this!

  10. Kelsey says:

    Cute!! Now I need some of this polymer clay! This is a great idea and it would look great in some green and yellow with a Green Bay G on in ;)

  11. Gail Purath says:

    Love it! Great idea and I'm already thinking of the many ways these could be used (the different symbols that could be stamped). Thanks, Gail (BibleLoveNotes.com)

  12. Jessi Wohlwend says:

    Awesome! I have never tried making stuff out of clay, but you make it look so easy! Thanks so much for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

  13. heather says:

    These would be so fun for my daughter to make for her friends. Where do you find the end caps? I've tried searching my local craft stores but the selection is minimal. Thanks!

  14. I've found the glue-on ones like this at both Hobby Lobby and Michael's. My Hobby Lobby tends to stock a bigger selection, but it will depend on the size of the store!

  15. Kimberly says:

    Oh my gosh, my daughter would LOVE that!! She's forever getting flack for her love of the Colts, but she proudly wears her shirts/hat anyway. :)

  16. I am so going to make these for all the girls we tailgate with at Oregon Duck games! I can't wait to make and share with them ;-)

  17. Sarah Popovich says:

    How did you go about making the horseshoe symbol?

  18. Hi Sarah – it's a stamp, like the letters. If you're looking for one, mine is from ImpressArt.

  19. Sarah Popovich says:

    Thank you very much! My favorite team is the Colts as well and this caught my eye right away! Thank you so much for the tutorial!!

  20. Sadly, I didn't see a Steelers stamp or I would have to figure out how to make this. :(

  21. This is SUPER cute! We just added metal stamps to our store – what a great idea to use them in clay!
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