Introduction: DIY Clay Tools

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Making your own handheld clay tools at home is very easy and inexpensive.

This Instructable is using random materials I found in my classroom and modeling clay for demonstration.

Step 1: BoM

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Hot Glue

Misc. materials around the house (sticks, bottle caps, hard ware, buttons, etc.)

Step 2: Handheld Tools

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Gluing buttons, hardware and other small objects to the ends of popsicle sticks, twigs, or pencils, makes for a great handheld tool that you can use over and over.

Step 3: Bottle Caps

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Create a design using hot glue on the top of a bottle cap and you've got an instant stamp! You can glue a stick to the other side to aide your stamping!

Step 4: Hot Glue

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Hot glueing designs on pencils, cardboard rolls, etc. make for fast and effective texturing tools.

Step 5: Loop Tools

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Make your own looping tools by hot gluing the round ends of paper clips to a pencil or stick.


lionlover24 (author)2016-11-23

how do u vote

Oscelot (author)2016-10-07

Spiffy. Voted. Question: how well does it hold up? in my experience hot glue likes to peel off pretty quickly.

Not_Tasha (author)Oscelot2016-10-07

So far most of it seems to be holding up well, but I guess it ultimately depends on how to the tools are used and how often. But it's easy to replace the glue.


Cats Dragon (author)2016-08-28

Thank you for the ideas. These are going to help me very much!

-moonglade (author)2016-08-26

very creative :D

Not_Tasha (author)-moonglade2016-08-26


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