Glad to see you guys on this end of the new year! As you may or may not know January is national organization month and that partly inspired today’s tutorial. Like many crafters I have an inspiration board where I keep jotted down ideas, reference/inspiring images, color samples, etc. It recharges my creativity to just sit and stare at it. Every time I do that lately I keep focusing on the push pins keeping the various items affixed to the board and I want to can’t help feeling that they could be cuter. I warmed up my Sculpey oven and solved my problem in about an hour and you can too!
- Various Colors of Sculpey
- Sculpey Glue
- Mod Podge
- E6000 Adhesive
Step 1: Making the Stem
1) Roll a ball of sculpey about the size of a nickle. 2) Roll that ball into a log. 3) Use the top of the tack to flatten one end of the log, make sure the end is a little wider than the top of the tack as it will shrink when baked. 4) Flatten the other end of the log against a flat surface and put a bend in your stem.
Step 2: Making the Cap
1) Roll a ball of clay a little smaller than a quarter. 2) Begin pushing down the clay from the center all the way around. You want a bump in the middle and then a curve. Try to make your bump larger than my first attempt(pictured here, second attempt pictured in finale) 3) Flatten out your edge by pinching around the cap. Then glue and let dry.
Step 3: Add Spots
1) Once your glue has dried from the last step, grab your ‘shroom. 2) Make a small ball of clay and flatten it with your finger. Apply to mushroom cap. Repeat until satisfied
Step 4: Bake according to your package instructions.
Step 5: Apply a small glob of E6000 to your tack head and attach to the bottom of your stem. Let Dry.
Step 6: Apply a finishing coat or two of Mod Podge to seal it and give it a little shine.
Step 7: Pin stuff with them!
Toad-ally awesome right? I feel that they kick the style of my inspiration board up just a little and my gnome buddy there, Venture, agrees with you. If you want to find out how to make your inspiration board organizational as well, check out this link. If you want to learn more about that dapper gnome, check out this post.
Til Next Time!