How do you make a Leo symbol astrology charm? How about oven-bake polymer clay!
...When I was in grade-school, my mom bought me several blocks of oven-bake polymer clay... a.k.a. Skulpey. I fell in love with it and used it to make creative gifts for just about everybody I knew.
There's so many possibilities for using polymer clay to create neat things. For example, you can make awesome clay beads, key chains, ornaments and creative charms.
In this tutorial, I'll show you how to use oven bake clay to create a unique astrology charm, featuring the Leo symbol.
These clay charms can be made into fun homemade magnets, cute homemade key chains or even rear view mirror charms.
Key chains and rear view mirror charms in particular would be a great idea for a homemade sweet 16 birthday gift. You could also use this idea to personalize a photo frame or a birthday plaque with an astrology theme.
So... If you know someone who enjoys astrology, a personalized clay astrology charm might be the perfect thoughtful homemade gift just for them.
One of the things that's awesome about oven bake polymer clay, is that you don't need a lot of tools or special equipment to work with it. A simple straight edge glass for rolling plus a knife and a toothpick for example, will get you going on all kinds of fun polymer clay projects.
1. Prepare Work Surface.
You can tape a piece of wax paper to your work surface to keep it clean.
2. Condition Clay.
Your polymer clay will be hard and slightly brittle at first. To
soften it, break it up into 3 or 4 pieces and warm it in your hands.
Start kneading and twisting the clay. As the clay gets softer, start rolling it into snake like lengths, squish and press back together, roll into ball and repeat until clay is soft, smooth and even.
Tip... If needed, wipe hands with cloth or baby wipe between conditioning different colors.
3. Flatten Out Some Clay for the Base of the Charm.
Do this however you like. One way is to put a ball of clay between two layers of wax paper and use a straight edged glass to roll it flat. Pick up the disk a couple times to prevent sticking.
4. Cut Flattened Clay into a Square or Rectangle.
Using a knife or other straight edge tool, cut a square or rectangle from the color you plan to use for the base.
Important Note... In some of my later astrology charm tutorials, I layered two pieces for the base, one slightly larger than the other. I really liked this effect (example shown in step 6). You might want to do this too. For one thing, it makes the paper clip hook super easy to insert!
5. Snip the End off a Paper Clip.
If you want to turn your charm into a key chain, an ornament or a rear view mirror charm, you might want to make a hook on top.
A paper clip works great for this.
...If you are making a magnet, skip this step and the next.
To create a hook using a paper clip, first open the paper clip and cut off the end as shown.
6. Enclose Paper Clip.
Although, I inserted the paper clip into the top of the clay base to make this astrology charm, I now prefer sandwiching the paper clip between two flat pieces of clay.
That's the technique I settled on after I made this charm.
Either way, leave the end of the paper
clip sticking out so it forms a hook.
7. Roll Clay into Coil.
To make the Leo symbol, roll some clay out evenly into a thin snake like coil.
8. Make the Leo Symbol.
Take the clay coil you just made and use it to "draw" the leo sun sign.
This symbol is all one piece, so I recommend starting with one end and gently stretching and molding the clay into the leo sign as you lay it onto the base.
One you are happy with the symbol, press down gently to stick, taking care not to flatten or leave finger prints.
9. Bake Clay.
Bake clay on parchment lined baking sheet in oven at the temperature and time specified on manufacture's instructions.
For the Sculpey III used here, the pieces were baked at 275° F (130° C) for 15 minutes.
Tip... Do not over bake, Sculpey III polymer clay will scorch rather easily. Scorched clay is not pretty! :)