Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Make It: Fight Cancer with Polymer Clay

I volunteer each year with the Relay For Life. I'm also a co-captain of a team in my county and I spend 4-5 months raising money before the big event. This year, I've been given a booth inside the relay and I'm allowed to sell my wares there to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

If you're not familiar with the Relay For Life, it's a 24 hour community event that brings together cancer survivors, caretakers, loved ones, those battling cancer, and anyone effected by cancer. Everyone rallies to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the Relay itself is the culmination and a great time to let off some steam, kick back, and relax with other volunteers and the community at large.

At my booth I want to have some affordable trinkets for kids. There are a LOT of kids at Relay and most of them have a bit of pocket money to spend in the vendors' area. Here's my little contribution. I hope it will help you raise money for your Relay or Cancer fighting event, too!

You'll need:
  • Polymer Clay
  • A "Ribbon" or other shaped charm or stamp
  • A ceramic tile (on which to bake the clay).
  • Acrylic paint (I chose white)
  • A fine paint brush (I got mine from a model store)
  • Spray sealer (I prefer matte over gloss)
  • A bottle cap (flat)

1. Roll a small ball of polymer clay

2. Using the smooth top of the bottle cap, flatten the clay onto your baking tile (in order to keep the charms from breaking, I'd keep it no less than 1/8" thick).

3. Remove the bottle cap from the clay

4. Press the charm or stamp into the clay, leaving an imprint.

5. Remove the charm or stamp.

6. Bake the clay according to the manufacturer's instructions. Remove the hot tile from the oven (careful!) and let it cool

7. Use your acrylic paint to "paint in" the ribbon logo or other stamped design. Paint on someone's name or a message if you'd like.

8. Spray sealer over the finished clay pieces. Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area. Once dry, flip the clay pieces over and spray the back.

9. Add a magnet, drill a hole to make a necklace, or simply sell as a worry stone or pocket trinket.

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