Mother’s Day is almost near, and this thumbprint DIY keyring is easy to make, memorable and unique to give to your mom, a first-time mom, or even a fur-mom! Customize with your own details or messages and have fun making it!
- Polymer Clay
- Cookie / Polymer Clay Cutters (2 sizes)
- Jewelry Pliers
- Eye Pins
- Split Rings
- Wax Paper
- Ranger Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder
- Polymer Clay Press
- Letter Stamping Tool
Step 1. Warm up your clay to make it pliable. You can use a clay softener to make it easier, or run it through a clay machine a few times to soften it faster. For best results for this project, use the color of clay that would be the same color as the pigment powder you will be using to color/metallize it.
Step 2. Using your clay machine, flatten your clay piece to the thickest setting. Fold it once to make it thicker, and then imprint your thumb as firmly as you can.
Step 3. Use a cookie cutter to cut it out to your desired shape.
Step 4. Use a smaller cutter to cut another charm – this one we’ll be stamping on with a message. Use metal (or acrylic) stamps to personalize it – add your message (in my case I spelled out LOVE YOU), or the name of the person the thumbprint belongs to, or who you are giving it to.
Step 5. Use pigment powders to color it – I dusted mine with silver until all edges and surfaces is covered in it. Build the color by adding layers of the powder using a soft paintbrush. Protect your work area with a piece of wax paper as pigment powder transfers easily.
Step 6. Trim eye pins to the appropriate size with a pair of wire cutters. Attach your eye hook onto the charms at this stage, using jewelry pliers to guide it into the clay without deforming it. Bake as directed in the package.
Step 7. Once it cools, attach it to your keychain holder and you are done!
Optional: You may or may not want to varnish it with a protective coating. It’s up to you, but if your pigment is rubbing off, I suggest that you do so. 🙂
And you are done! Wrap your thumbprint DIY keyring in one of these pillow boxes or this gift box with DIY paper tassels and proudly present it to your giftee on Mother’s Day. I’m pretty sure she’ll love it!
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Aki is an avid DIY-er, crafter and designer. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas. She has a passion for designing printed material as well, from free cards, wallpapers and party items. Follow her crafty adventures over at mintedstrawberry.blogspot.ca where she shares DIY tutorials and free printables.