by Craftbits (Shellie Wilson)
Wear it with pride on St Paddy's day!
What you need
Polymer clay, any brand, green & gold
Liquid polymer clay
Acrylic roller or wooden dowel
Clay knife or plastic knife
Toothpick or bamboo skewer
Cookie or Fondant cutters (hearts & circles) (only for use with clay afterwards!)
Work surface. ceramic tile, file folder or wax paper
You will need an oven for baking – it is recommended to use a clay – only oven (toaster oven). You can also enclose your project inside two baking pans; clamp closed & bake in regular oven. Remove once cooled.
Condition Green clay by rolling and squeezing in your hands. Test to see if it cracks when you bend it – that means it needs more conditioning!
Roll the clay into a ball, flatten & roll out to desired thickness with your acrylic roller or dowel (You can also use a clay dedicated pasta machine).
Using your cookie cutters, cut 3 hearts & a strip for the stem.
Arrange the 3 hearts into a shamrock shape as shown.
Be sure to reinforce the edges that touch with a dab of liquid clay.
Add the stem in desired position – also reinforcing with liquid clay.
You can leave as is or add a gold circle “coin” to hide the seams using the same method of rolling out and cutting the clay. Add a dab of liquid clay under this, as well.
Poke a hole for hanging if this will be an ornament.
Add any detail with your pin or toothpick.
Bake according to manufacturer’s directions and let cool.
Glaze if desired. I use varathane – found in most hardware stores. For small projects, use the clay manufacturer’s glaze. The bottles are smaller & more affordable!
If making a magnet, attach a magnet to the back with glue once clay is
You can also embellish with crystals for sparkle!
Enjoy or give as a gift!
Experiment with different size cutters for a variety of projects!!!
***SAVE those pieces you trimmed off and roll them together to make swirly accent beads!
***Dark colored clay, like red, green, etc. can leave some pigment on your hands. To help keep lighter colors from turning pink, etc. handle most of the light clay first. You can also use baby wipes to clean your hands and tools (alcohol is a solvent for the clay) or wear latex gloves & switch in between colors.
***Once you use cookie cutters, pasta machine, etc for clay, it is recommended to no longer use it for food. Shop around for inexpensive cutters at your local craft store.
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