Friday, October 19, 2012

Polymer Clay Mini Books

I love the look of stamping on metal; however, it can be very difficult to do. So instead, I decided to try out a different technique to achieve the same look. I made these mini books that have a cover made with polymer clay.
Here's how it started: I used black Scupley clay and some metal lower-case Sparrow stamps from Melody Ross.
I molded the clay into various shapes which would eventually be the covers of the books. I then stamped the clay with the metal letters and made some holes with a needle on the left to use to put jump rings through later. Next step was to bake the clay pieces in the oven for 15 minutes at 275 degrees.
Once the clay pieces were baked, I applied some silver and gold Rub 'n Buff finish to them. Now the words really stand out and you can see why I use black clay.
The next step was to add eyelets to the holes. I didn't plan this in advance, so the holes were a bit small to fit the standard size small eyelet. Luckily the clay was still pliable, so using the Crop-A-Dile I was able to easily insert the eyelets into the holes. Then I embellished the clay with paper, washi tape, vintage photos, shrink plastic, charms, ribbon and white ink.
For the inside pages, I just used some of my scrap papers and cut them into the size of the book covers.
I'm not sure what I'll do with them, but they make cute little charms to add to something!

Below is a picture of what the gold and silver Rub 'n Buff looks like, which is on top of my Daily Journal. It's hard to believe, but I'm still keeping up with the journal...every week I make a paper doll to add to it. This is the one I created for next week. I used a new stamp from Pam Carriker.
Once the year is over, I'm thinking of scanning all my paper dolls and making them available digitally - if people are interested. Have a nice weekend!


  1. What a great idea to make simulated metal mini books out of black sculpey clay using the rub n'buff product. They are so cute. Thanks for your step by step instructions. Another beautiful creation.

  2. connie these are too cute!! Love them, Im going to make some...
    thank you!

  3. YES!!!!!! I would love too purchase your paper doll digital's
    Connie~~I have too say.... you are so generous ALWAYS! I just love all the projects you do and I really hope someday they will be available too purchase.....
    And please continue to do your classes.......
    You are also so darn organized......My goal to be better at that
    Have a great weekend!
    Laura H :)

  4. love these pseudo metal mini books...thanks for sharing your technique... too awesome. did you submit these yet!

    lana cano kloch