We know that craft is good for our wellbeing, and many of us, including myself enjoy the mental health benefits crafting with others, learning new skills, socialising and creating wonderful makes. So what can we do now, when we can’t meet up and make with other people?
Even if you are used to working alone in your home or studio, forced isolation is a very different situation to be faced with. Makers are creative by nature though, and we have all been digging deep into our crafting reserves; finding ways to keep ourselves busy, ideas to share with others, spreading joy and crafting happiness!
I’m going to be sharing a few crafting projects that have been keeping me entertained, and hopefully inspire you to get those creative juices flowing through the crisis…
This week, I’ve got a bright, beautiful and hope inspired craft. I’ve had lots of people asking me to make them rainbow jewellery, necklaces & earrings, and keyrings too. These little beauties have been winging their way to loved ones around the country (and further afield) and they’ve been so fun to make too!
Once you’ve got the base, you can make these into whatever you’d like, whether that be a necklace or a keyring, or you could even make it into a wall or door hanging!
What do I need to make a Polymer Clay Rainbow?
- Polymer Clay
I’m using FIMO but any brand of Polymer Clay will work.
You don’t have to make a traditional rainbow – you can use whatever colours you like. I’ve picked out 5 colours – if you don’t have 5 colours you can mix your own. Alternatively, just add white/black to another colour to create a lighter or darker shade and create an ombre rainbow! You don’t need a large amount of each colour, I probably use a 1cm ball size.
- Rolling pin
- Cling film
- A Craft Knife (If you don’t have a craft knife, any blade will work, but don’t mix your clay craft and cooking utensils)
- Thread/Cord/Jewellery Wire/ Keyring
- Select your colours and take about a 1cm sized ball of each colour
- Condition the clay by rolling and ‘squishing’, to make it more pliable. I protect my clay by using a piece of wax or parchment paper to work on so it doesn’t get covered in dust and lint.
- Roll your balls out into ‘snakes.’
Try to make the snakes as similar as possible in width to one another. Use these rolls of clay to make a rainbow. I find it easiest to work from the inside out while making my rainbow, and it may help to use a small circular cookie cutter as a shape guide.
- Use your craft knife/blade to trim all the ends into a straight line. Gently press the pieces of clay together to help them adhere – you don’t have to press too hard if they’re still warm and malleable from conditioning. At this point if you have some wire, you can create a small loop and insert this into the top of your rainbow. Alternatively, create a small hole with a skewer or needle tool to hang some thread/cord through.
- Bake your rainbow on a piece of cardstock or tile according to the package’s directions. Fimo bakes at 110ºc for 35 minutes per 1/4″ of thickness. Base your baking time and temp on your clay and your rainbow’s thickness.
- Once your polymer clay rainbow has baked and cooled, string your rainbow onto a piece of cord, chain, keyring or attach whatever you need to finish your creation.
I used some earring hooks and made my rainbows into these beautiful rainbow dangles!
Stay safe, and have fun crafting!