Handmade Clay Push Pins

bulletin board with handmade pushpins made from fimo clayLooking to add a little zing to your office space? Here’s a quick way to make over your bulletin board. Fimo clay’s great for many reasons: it’s inexpensive, easy to work with, and available in an array of colors at most craft stores. I picked up a few packages recently, a palette of yellows and yellow-y oranges that would coordinate with my home’s color palette.

Fimo clay for making clay thumbtacks

For this project, in addition to the clay I picked up a package of escutcheon pins from the hardware store, and a tube of e-6000 (most other strong glues would work well too).

eschutcheon pins and fimo clay balls

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Step 1

 Open Galleryfimo clay balls for making thumbtacksI started by dividing the clay up, softening it in my hands, and then rolling it into little balls. If it becomes a bit too malleable, roll the balls into the freezer for 5 minutes to firm up. Before I started carving bevels into the clay, I poked into the ball to create a space for the pin. Carving is easy with a sharp knife—you’ll just make quick short cuts along the outside of the clay to create geometric bevels, carefully handling the areas you’ve already cut to keep the edges crisp and flat. Before baking them into the oven, I re-poked the pin through the hole in the the soft clay to ensure there would be hole for the pin once it was baked into a solid bead.

Step 2

 Open GallerysnipsBrands of clay bake differently, but these Fimo pushpin beads were solid after being in the stove for 30-minutes at 230-degrees Fahrenheit.

While they cooled, I took snips to the end of the pins and removed the heads (which just makes them a little easier to insert into the clay balls). Wiss snips are usually good for heavy-duty cuts, but the smaller tools will work too, depending on the weight of your pins.

Step 3

 Open Gallerypoking nail through clay After poking the end of each pin into the glue, I positioned them into the clay and allowed everything to dry for a few hours.

Step 4

 Open Galleryclay thumbtacks made from fimo The finished pieces are wonderful. And as hoped, they look nice on my bulletin board! What are your favorite ways to customize your home or office workspace?

Materials

  • Polymer clay
  • Escutcheon pins
  • Adhesive

Tools

  • Metal snips
  • Oven
About Emily Fazio 

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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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One Response

  1. sappling says:

    Fantastic project! I love the geometric and colorful quality of your pins. I'm going to try it with air dry clay and the gajillion clear plastic pushpins I already have on hand–I'll see if I can form them around the clear plastic instead of gluing.

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