Friday, August 31, 2012

Clay Key Covers

Even though I haven't done many clay projects lately, I've had loads of ideas rolling around in my head.  I figured I get started working on a few to make room for some other stuff up there.

#polymer clay, #clay, easy clay project, DIY Key cover


Here's what you need:
Materials:
-polymer clay
-metal keys
-cutting tool
Optional:
-pasta machine or some other way to flatten out clay
-embellishing tools, glitter, beads, etc.

Steps:
1) Condition your clay by warming it up and rolling it between your hands.  Once it's soft, roll it out flat.  My pasta machine has 9 settings and I went down to about a 6 gradually.  You can just use a rolling pin or some other flat tube if you don't have a machine (just make sure to never use your tool with food ever again!)


2) Place the top part of your key on top of your clay, keeping the part that goes into the lock clear.


3) Trim the clay around the shape of your key. Make two pieces, one for each side.


4) Sandwich your key between the layers of clay and press together.  Trim the clay some more and gently work the edges together to seal them.


5) You can leave it there if you want and just follow the manufacturer's directions for baking.  The temperature of the oven should be very very low so it won't damage your keys.  Obviously, do not use keys that have plastic or other flammable pieces on them.

If you want to take it to the next level, try some of these ideas:

Emboss it!

Use Glow in the Dark clay!!

Add a small embellishment from a mold!
You could even add glitter or beads!  Use your imagination and see what you come up with!  (As stated above...only use non-flammable items).


Have fun!  Have a crafty week everyone! (It's the last long weekend of the summer here in Canada!!!  Yay!)

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5 comments:

Ana Lopes said...

Hi Tamara,
So cute!! So clever idea to found the right key without glasses!I better love the butterfly one, guess why :)
Have a wonderful weekend

Hugs,
Ana from Portugal

www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

Natasha SerenityYou said...

great idea, love the butterfly one!

would love if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday, that runs from sat-thurs @ www.serenityyou.com

Natasha xx

Rita said...

Cute idea, thanks for sharing.

Jill said...

What a cute idea Tamara! They turned out great!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Linda K. said...

Terrifc idea! I just noticed yesterday that my rubber key covers are so worn they're ready to fall off. Thanks for sharing.

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