Clay

Designer Purse Pins

By  Susan Brzozowski  for  Jacquard Products

size: 1-1/4"to 2" wide

  • Designer Purse Pins

Materials

  • Sculpey (Polyform): Oven-Bake Polymer Clay: Apple Green; Turquoise; Silver; Pink; Glaze Satin
  • Pearl Ex pigment powders (Jacquard): Spring Green; Turquoise; Macro Pearl; Flamingo
  • Wire (Darice), 20-gauge: Gold; Black
  • Embellishments: gold heart charm; clear crystal
  • Pin backing

Tools

  • Clay-dedicated items: acrylic brayer or rolling pin; aluminum foil-lined baking sheet
  • Polymer Clay Blade (Polyform)
  • Wooden dowel, 3/4”
  • Optional: Texture Plate (American Art Clay) or rubber stamp
  • Bead Fix Superfast Adhesive (Beadalon)
  • Wire cutters
  • 1. Follow manufacturer's instructions to condition clay. Roll out to 1/4" thickness. Cut out desired purse shape and flap.
  • 2. Use texture plate or rubber stamp to imprint design on clay. Use small paintbrush to apply pigment powder to purse.
  • 3. For handle, cut two 2" wire lengths. Shape wire around dowel, press ends into purse and cover with flap as shown. Press desired embellishment into flap. (Note: For wire embellishments, use photo as guide to shape wire.)
  • 4. Follow manufacturer's instructions to bake purse. Let cool completely.
  • 5. Remove wire embellishment. Apply glaze; let dry. If desired, pop off flap and glue handles in place. Glue embellishment to flap and pin backing to back.
  • More
  • 1. Host a "Designer Purse Party" Girls' Night In. Clay is one of the least expensive craft materials available, making this project a perfect choice for your next gathering.
  • 2. Attach a purse pin to one of your handcrafted cards for a creative gift idea.
  • Susan's Tips For Success
  • 1. Experiment with various texture-making supplies, such as sandpaper, for different looks.
  • 2. Attach handles next to each other so both are visible.
  • 3. Apply pigment powder and glaze to back of pin for a finished, more professional look.