I love experimenting with new crafts. There is nothing like rolling up your sleeves, putting on your thinking cap and experimenting with new mediums. That’s just what I got to do this past weekend when a package arrived for me from Premo Clay that included a 24 pack sampler of Premo Sculpey and a screen printing kit! My mind immediately started racing with fun projects that I could try making. I’ve been wanting to start experimenting creating my own jewelry and I decided that these would be the perfect materials to use to kick off my new hobby.
I momentarily worried if I had the necessary skills to complete the task, but the moment that I got the clay in my hand my worries were erased. Premo Sculpey Clay and the silk screening kit are so easy that a 5 year old can use them! No, seriously. 5 year old Bean got in on the action and made a gorgeous pendant, a follower on Instagram even asked if I would consider selling it!
Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make a Silk Screen Pendant of your own!
- Premo Sculpey Clay in your favorite color
- Sculpey Clay Silk Screen Kit
- Tool for poking a hole in your pendant (I used a bamboo skewer)
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment paper or tin foil
- Jump ring
- Jewelry pliers
Step 1- Cut off a piece of your favorite color clay. We used a piece that was approximately 1/2″ X 1″.
Step 2- Roll the clay in your hand to warm it. Shape it into a ball, set it on your parchment paper and using the palm of your hand press it flat into a disk shape. Smooth the clay until you are happy with your shape.
Step 3- Pick out a silk screen design, lay the silk screen on top of your clay disk, shiny side down. Make sure it is centered, then run your fingers over the screen making sure it is tight against the clay with no air bubbles.
Step 4- Squeeze a small amount of the paint (included in the kit) on the screen just above the design you have selected. Using the enclosed “squeegee” smooth the paint over the design in the silk screen. Add more paint if necessary. Peel silk screen off when you are done.
Step 5- Allow the paint on your pendants to dry for a few minutes (this is a great time to rinse the paint off of the squeegee and silk screen using soap and warm water.) Once paint is dry to the touch you can trim the excess clay off from around your design (if you would like) and poke a hole in your pendant (we used bamboo skewers to do this.)
Bean and I had so much fun making these pendants. I love teaching her crafts that aren’t your typical “kids crafts” but that are easy enough for her to do with my assistance. She has so much pride in her craft projects. Just look at the smile on her face as she wears her new necklace! How many 5 year olds can say that they silk screened a pendant?
The Premo Sculpey tools and materials were easy to use with clear instructions. We were amazed with the beautiful pendants that we created. Next up we would love to try making silk screened clay tiles! Sometimes crafting with kids can get messy, but I loved how easy this one was to clean up. We did the craft on top of some parchment paper which we discarded when we were done and the silk screen and squeegee washed up quickly with a bit of soap and water. Easy cleanup is something that this mama loves!
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