geometric thumb tacks

 

diy geometric thumb tacks | stuff steph does

Hello there! Talk about a week not going how I planned it! I woke up on Monday keeled-over-can’t-move-can’t-eat sick and now I’ve just been playing catch up for the rest of the week.  But alas, blogging and crafting must go on.

I finally hopped on the geometric bandwagon last weekend and have these fun and easy geo thumbtacks to share with you today.

geometric thumb tacks materials

Materials for Geometric Thumbtacks:

  • Polymer Clay
  • Thumbtacks
  • Xacto or clay knife
  • polymer clay glaze
  • paint brush
  • acrylic paint (optional)

diy geometric thumb tacks | stuff steph does

The Sculpey clay I bought was conveniently scored in perfect widths for this project, and broke off in smaller pieces like a Kit Kat bar. Cut off a piece from that to make a small cube.

diy geometric thumb tacks | stuff steph does

Embed the thumb tack in the cube. (I know my pictures are so self explanatory, you really don’t even need my comments, right? I think I’ll keep typing them anyway)

diy geometric thumb tacks | stuff steph does

Now for the fun part! Start slicing off the corners of the clay until you get the shape you want. Word to the wise, fewer, larger cuts look better than lots of smaller cuts. Well, at least in my opinion.

diy geometric thumb tacks | stuff steph does

The directions say to bake for 15 minutes per 1/4″ of thickness. A half hour worked for me. I baked them on wax paper on a cookie sheet. Let them cool completely before handling them since they will get harder as they cool.

diy geometric thumb tacks | stuff steph does

Glaze ‘em up to give them a nice shine and then they’re ready to use as is or paint them with acrylic paints.

diy geometric thumb tacks | stuff steph does

To make the marbled tacks roll two small logs of different colored clay together and then make the cube, conceal, slice…you get the idea.

diy geometric thumb tacks | stuff steph does

Spruce up your bulletin board with these fun push pins!

Enjoy your Thursday!

 

 

 

4 Responses to geometric thumb tacks

  • palak
    April 18, 2013

    super cute! with two toddlers, we’ve banned thumbtacks in the house for now– but I’ll keep it in mind for the next couple of years.

    • steph
      April 18, 2013

      What about magnets? Those are probably more child proof than thumbtacks!

  • Steph @ meet.make.laugh.
    April 18, 2013

    I love this!!!! I have never used polymer clay before, and I think I need to start. It looks fun to work with!

    • steph
      April 18, 2013

      Do eeeet! It’s really fun to work with and super easy!

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