Polymer Clay Holders

February 26, 2014

Polymer Clay Holders, for all your cool, little stuff! | this heart of mine

I’m one of those people who works really hard to have a clean desk but almost always fails. There are just too many things sitting on it. Paper hearts from Valentine’s Day, eye drops, coupons, 6 notepads, each with something scribbled on it, a bottle of glue, a sheep hand puppet and seam ripper. It’s an odd collection of items. Plus, there is usually a couple of character figurines, animals and cars on top of it all as well. While I can’t help the large items, I did figure out a way to take care of the small items, the notes, the business cards, the photos. Using simple shapes and details, I created polymer clay holders for my itty bitties.

You know I love polymer clay. The longer you read this heart of mine the higher the chance you will try it which you totally should do!! If you can sculpt play doh, you can sculpt polymer clay. It takes more muscle and some fine tuning, but it’s sculpting nonetheless. I intentionally used few tools for these to show it doesn’t take much to make cool things.

Polymer Clay Holders, for all your cool, little stuff! | this heart of mine

I’ve experimented with a few versions of this in the past few months and I landed on simple geometric shapes with simple lines and dots. Obviously, if super detailed and really intricate is your thing, go for it. Invite me over. I like that stuff. But I reigned it in this time. Very simple and they turned out really cool.

Polymer Clay Holders, for all your cool, little stuff! | this heart of mine

Supplies:
-polymer clay
-pasta machine, brayer, rolling pin
-texture tools (can be official clay tools or utensils around the house)
-aluminum foil – optional

Polymer Clay Holders, for all your cool, little stuff! | this heart of mine

To begin, the clay must be conditioned from its packaged state. Whether you use a pasta machine, dedicated only to polymer clay, a brayer or rolling pin, the clay must be worked to soften it and make it more pliable. I put together a tutorial about conditioning clay with a pasta machine.

Once the clay is conditioned, the creating is up to you. The possibilities are endless; it can be as detailed or as simple as you want. One option is to use aluminum foil as a space filler around which you can build the card holder. When tightly pressed into a ball, the foil acts as a sturdy base to build on and allows for shorter cure times and less clay. If you do use the foil as a space filler, do make sure to make the base thicker or heavier than the rest so the statue will do it job and stay upright. Without a weighted base, the form could tend to topple over.

You can also make the card holder out of solid clay. It will require a longer curing time and uses a lot of clay but it works. To lessen the time, you can carve out the center of it like I show below.

Polymer Clay Holders, for all your cool, little stuff! | this heart of mine

You can add texture, simple or intricate before curing.

Polymer Clay Holders, for all your cool, little stuff! | this heart of mine

Also before curing, cut notches for the items to sit.

Polymer Clay Holders, for all your cool, little stuff! | this heart of mine

Bake the completed form according to the manufacturer’s directions. Allow to cool completely.

Polymer Clay Holders, for all your cool, little stuff! | this heart of mine

Then add your things. I call this one, Ode to Myself. :)

Polymer Clay Holders, for all your cool, little stuff! | this heart of mine

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Amy Christie

Amy is a wife, mother of two and a maker. Making is her thing whether it is food, DIYs or photos of her children. Follow Amy on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Twitter, and through her once-a-month newsletter to keep up with the latest from this heart of mine.

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Celina February 26, 2014 at 10:54am

Ohhhh! I love these :) awesome. you amaze me. <3 <3 <3

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amy christie March 24, 2014 at 1:08pm

Thank you, Celina!

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Delia February 26, 2014 at 11:26am

I adore these Amy!

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amy christie March 24, 2014 at 1:07pm

Thanks Delia! Means a lot coming from an awesome maker like you. :)

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Nima June 14, 2014 at 1:57pm

Wow, this looks amazing..:) I can’t wait to try!!

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