The weekend was so nice. The boys played outside and the hubby worked on his bike, right outside a very close window. I was able to get some happy crafting time in while watching and listening to the business of my guys. The laughing, tools and toys clinking, yelling, and singing. It all fueling my creative and content mood. Such a nice change from the crazy non-stop schedule we’ve had lately.
I was tooling around with the idea of making a bracelet with skull beads. Had none, but did have some polymer clay. Perfect. Hopped on the internet for some instruction but only found ones using a mold (great one here). Didn’t have that either and didn’t want to make one. Decided on just making them as simply and quickly as possible. Here is what I did.
You need a bit of white polymer clay, a pencil (with broken tip), a large sewing needle, black paint and a very fine paint brush. The pencil is the most important tool – make special note of broken tip shape.
1. Take a pinch of clay. 2. Roll into a ball. 3. Pinch end to made pear shape.
4-7. Take handy-dandy broken pencil and press into clay making a big indention for the each eye and a smaller one for the nose.
8-10. Use the tip of the pencil to create a teethy smile.
11. Using a needle, carefully poke hole into head (note evil laugh – a must for making skulls).
12. When all faces are smiling up at you, bake ’em at 275 degrees for 5 minutes (I tried 9 minutes first and burned the whole batch. 5 minutes worked much better for me, but baking time may vary). Allow to cool.
13-15. Carefully paint eyes, nose and mouth with very fine paint brush. Let dry.
Now, go make something really cool with them.