How to Make Novelty Push Pins

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Novelty pushpins add style and personality to a boring notice board. Using supplies found at most craft stores, you can create novelty push pins in a variety of styles and colours. Not only can these push pins spruce up your own notice board, but they also make excellent stocking stuffers and treats for favour bags. Using polymer clay to decorate your pushpin, the only real limit you have on your creation is the size of the pushpin and your own imagination.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Flat-back pushpins
  • Polymer clay
  • Acrylic paint
  • Superglue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Knead your chosen colour of polymer clay until it is soft and pliable.

  2. 2

    Create the basic shape for your novelty pushpin head. For instance, if you'd like to create a tiny retro television for your pushpin, mould the television just large enough to sit on top of your pushpin.

  3. 3

    Impress the pushpin head into the bottom of your newly moulded shape. Do this lightly. You'll only want a small impression that will allow you to glue the pushpin's head securely onto the bottom of the moulded shape.

  4. 4

    Bake your pushpin's head according to the clay manufacturer's instructions. Baking time will usually be 15 minutes per ¼ inch thickness at 135 degrees C, but check your product's package to ensure you are baking your shape properly.

  5. 5

    Remove the pushpin's head from the oven once it has fully baked. Allow the clay to cool.

  6. 6

    Paint on any features you wish your moulded shape to have. Use acrylic craft paints as these paints will adhere better to the polymer clay. Allow the paint to dry.

  7. 7

    Dab a small amount of superglue into the small impression you made earlier. Sit the head of the pushpin on the impression and press the two pieces together. Situate the pushpin so the tack is standing upwards and allow the glue to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider sealing your finished piece with a clay-friendly sealant or glaze. This will keep the paint from wearing over time and will add a glasslike glaze to your piece.

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