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Polymer Clay Flower Pen Tutorial

Polymer Clay Flower Pen Tutorial

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Polymer Clay Flower Pen Tutorial
Polymer Clay Flower Pen Tutorial

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Fun with Polymer Clay: Flower Pen
Supplies:
3 bricks of Fimo 2.0 oz polymer clay
(1 effectswhite glitter, 1 soft blue, 1 soft green
Bic Stick Pen
(the tip with ink needs to beremovable)
Polymer Clay blade
(or razor blade)
Polymer Clay acrylic roller
(or non-porous roller)
A non-porous tile
(with no texture) for rolling andworking with clay. The hardware store is a greatplace to pick one up.
Paper towel
to wipe roller and blade as needed.
Before you start working ,
read the back of the claybricks and note the temperature and amount of timethe clay needs to be baked in the oven. For the Fimoclay used here, it notes 230 degrees F for 30minutes.
Wet-sandpaper – 400, 800, and 1000 grit.
I usually purchase this at an automotiveparts store. The one pictured below has an assortment of the grits I need plus 220 grit. Iwould not recommend using 220 grit on polymer clay since it quite abrasive and leavesscratches. Cut the sandpaper into smaller squares making sure the grit # is displayed on theback. If not, write it with permanent marker as a reference.
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Baking dish or pan with egg crate foam or polyfil
. The pen needs to be placed onsomething soft while baking (that will not catch fire on a low temp of course). The egg cratefoam works well. I have a baking dish dedicated to polymer clay since you should not cookfood on anything that has come into direct contact with the clay (you can read more aboutthis on the internet). The first pictures shows an example of the egg crate foam face up, however, itshould be face down for this project(second picture). 
Not pictured:
2 pair disposable latex gloves (optional).
If you are allergic to latex, use the gloves thatare latex- free. These gloves prevent finger prints and the colors from the clay staining yourhands.
Bowl with ice & water
large enough to place pen in after baking.
Soft cloth or towel
to dry pen/rub smooth.
Future Floor Polish
(optional if you want a shine - refer to step 49 for other optionalsupplies)
Ziploc baggies
for leftover clay.
Now let’s get started!
1)Put on a pair of gloves.
2)
Remove the pen tip & ink bysimply pulling it out. Set all thepen parts aside. As a note, wewill not be using the pen cap.
3)
Start with the lightest color of clay – the white glitter. Place on the tile and cut about ¼ of the brick (package) with yourblade.
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4)
 The next step is to “condition” the clay to make it soft and remove air bubbles. Do this bykneading the clay with your fingers, flatten with the roller on the tile, fold over, then rollagain. Repeat this a number of times until the clay is soft (about 10-20 times or more if needed).5)After conditioning the clay, roll it in a ball with your hands.6)Roll the ball into a log about 2 inches long then set aside.
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