Learn some of the basics of polymer clay and create beautiful accessories for your desk with these easy DIY decorative pens made with polymer clay!
Creating with polymer clay is super simple and I would love to share with you my latest project idea using this fun medium! This is Suzy from Suzy’s Sitcom. Many of my projects are made with polymer clay and this week I made some diy decorative pens with polymer clay to add a fun flash of color to this dreary winter.
I was visiting my daughters during the holiday season and when I pulled out the polymer clay in beautiful colors, it wasn’t long before they joined me. We ended up making so many amazing polymer clay colored pens.
You might even say that we got a little carried away!
How to Make DIY Decorative Pens with Polymer Clay
Polymer clay is super forgiving. It doesn’t harden until you are ready for it to harden. The color combinations are limited only by your imagination. Go grab a bunch of pens and make something beautiful!
What you need:
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1. Disassemble the Pens
In order to get the polymer clay to a solid consistency, you will be baking the pens. Be sure to purchase either the Bic Stick pens or a solid color pen that the ink can easily be removed from. The solid color Bic Stick pens work great for this project as they do not melt under the 275 degree temperature required by the clay. (I did some research on this ahead of time and it appears that this particular pen is the best option for this project).
Remove the ink by taking the pen apart and pushing the ink well out of the end. (Or use a pair of pliers to pull the ink out, gripping the end of the pen). Set the ink aside for later.
2. Create with Polymer Clay
The colorful diy decorative pens can be created with any mix of colors. In this instance, roll out two different colors about 1/8″ thick as shown above. Lay one color layer on top of the other and roll up “jelly roll” fashion. Use a sharp knife to slice into 1/8″ thick slices.
3. Cover the pen with polymer clay
Place the polymer clay slices on the pen, covering all sides and the top. Be sure not to cover the bottom where the ink will be inserted later.
Roll the pen with your fingers on a hard surface until all the polymer clay slices have joined and the outside of the pen is smooth with your desired pattern. This results in a spiral type of design.
4. Other polymer clay ideas for DIY decorative pens
Here we made a simple flower cane. Roll tubes of color in red and gray, and a larger tube of yellow. Place the colored tubes around the yellow as shown above. Then roll on a hard surface with your fingers to reduce the size of the tube to about 1/2″ diameter. Use a sharp knife to slice into 1/8″ inch slices and cover the pen as in the first example.
Both of my daughters got involved at this point when they saw how much fun I was having making diy decorative pens. Before I knew it, I was just standing in the background taking photos!
They came up with some great ideas. Shown above, my daughter rolled out tubes of color and then wrapped the pen in it.
They also did a bit of mixing of colors, rolled them out and wrapped the pens- resulting in a marbling effect.
5. How to Bake the Pens
As you can see, things got a little out of hand! We made pens until we ran out of them!
Place the polymer clay covered pens on a sheet of foil on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
Once the diy decorative pens have cooled, reinsert the ink.
Amazing colors and such a fun project! These pretty polymer clay colored pens are not only fun to make, but will add a bright spot of color to your office space!
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Suzy has a background in fine art, graphic design and photography. She created Suzy’s Sitcom in 2010 as a way to document new and original art and craft ideas. Her website features arts, crafts and humor, with a specialty in vintage and recycled crafts, quilting and sewing. Suzy, her husband and two dogs are full time travelers, living in their RV as they experience the country one campsite at a time. Many of her projects are influenced by the area that they are currently exploring and the people that they meet.
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