Thursday, May 23, 2013

Polymer Clay Dog Tag Tutorial

I meant to write this tutorial last year, but got distracted.  Not a shock.  Oooohhh  look something shiny.  ;)

Items I used:
Square Cookie Cutter
Letter Stamps
Stamp Pad (I used black)
Polymer Clay in desired color.
First condition your clay (smoosh and warm it up) and then roll out your clay to the desired thickness.  I use my pasta machine to do this.  If you do not have one a brayer tool works great.
Then cut out a square with the cookie cutter.  I then cut the squares in 1/2.  You could also cut the rectangles by just cutting along a straight edge with an exacto knife.
I then rounded the edges a bit with my fingers.
And added a small hole to the one end.
Then I used my mini letter stamps and the black stamp pad to stamp sayings into the clay. 
The sayings are endless.  :)
You can also add some embellishments.  Then bake them following the instructions on the polymer clay packaging. 

I turned one into a necklace by adding a pearl accent and chain.
One of my customers (Little Bow Peep Boutique) uses them on her bows.
You could also add them to a photo frame with your favorite soldier's photo inside, key chain or scrapbook. 

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14 Sweet Comments:

Krystie said...

These are so cool and pretty!

Krystie said...

just became a new follower on FC! You have so much creativity!

Masshole Mommy said...

This is so interesting. I don't know if I'd ever have a reason to make one, but now I know what to do should the need arise :)

Unknown said...

I LOVE THIS!!! This is just so cute! I bet my little Libby would love to have one "about" her daddy too! (And like her daddy's.)

Unknown said...

These are so pretty and cool! You are very talented!

Unknown said...

These are great!

I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight.
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs, Cathy

Jelli said...

These look great! I'd have never thought to make them from clay. You did a wonderful job, Melanie!

deb said...

Love them!!

Crystelle Boutique said...

What a terrific idea for father's day. Little hands would LOVE making these!!! I just never thought about using those letter stamps with clay before. I'm not sure why, because it is super adorable.... :)

hugs xx Crystelle
Crystelle Boutique

thistlewoodfarm said...

These are so cute!!

What neat ideas!!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!!

Redfly Classroom said...

These are such adorable dog tags Melanie!! Thank you so much for sharing them at our Simply Create Link Party. I can't wait to see what you have created this week.


Unknown said...

These are precious! what a brilliant idea for father's day! Thank you for linking it up to this week's Fluster Buster party! Have a great weekend, Lizy Party Co-Host

Fluster Buster said...

What a cool project! Thanks for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

Fluster Buster

Paula@SweetPea said...

What a great project! I teach 7th grade and know that my kids would like to do a version of this for a Christmas gift. I'm pinning it to remember for next year.

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