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Clay Thumbtacks and Buttons

Introduction

Cheery clay pins may be small, but they will have a big impact. In no time you can have a bulletin board covered with colorful patterns, faces, and flowers.

These buttons were tailor-made for kids. To craft shapes, a plastic knife or small cookie cutter will work; poke holes with a toothpick.

Making Dots
Roll clay into a thin strand. Cut into small pieces, then roll the pieces into balls. Arrange pieces, and press onto a clay ball. Roll ball to smooth out.

Making Faces
To create a face shape, roll a small piece of clay into a ball; with your thumb, flatten into a disk. Make tiny clay balls for eyes and nose and a log for mouth. Arrange pieces, and press onto a clay ball. Roll ball to smooth out. swirls Roll clay into a thin strand, wrap around a clay ball, and press. Roll ball to smooth out.

Making Thumbtacks
After you've created your design on a ball, flatten the ball into a disk with your thumb. Place disk face down; press the top of a thumbtack onto the disk's back. Fold the disk's edges gently over the head of the pin and cover so that the underside is no longer visible.

More Basic Techniques for Clay Crafts

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 13 2004

Reviews (6)

  • 28 Jan, 2009

    i keep finding crafts like this that look interesting, but the directiosna re spotty at best.

  • 3 Jan, 2009

    just go to, Clay Crafts: Basic Techniques and you will find all the info you need to make these.

  • 28 Nov, 2008

    IM FIGURING.....MOLD ANY SHAPE OUT OF MOLDING CLAY-LET DRY 1-2 DAYS DEPENDING ON TYPE OF CLAY...DECORATE WITH PAINT OR MARKERS. THE KEY IS....TO MOLD AROUND A THUMBTAC (FLAT HEAD OF COURSE)...AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!!!

  • 24 Sep, 2008

    That's it?? Where are the directions? What are these made out of??

  • 3 Jun, 2008

    ...hm.. looks really cool but hen i dint learn how to make them :/

  • 21 May, 2008

    well that was a pathetic tutorial!