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I love polymer clay and I wanted to make something I could see every day while I use it. I don't like wearing pendants or earings and so I first thought of making a keyring. The idea of making a keyring turned into key decorating when I relized that it didn't matter how beautiful the keyring was, the ugly keys ruined the image.
 
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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MATERIALS:

- Polymer clay
- Keys
- Black permanent marker

TOOLS:

- Scalpel
- Pin

Step 2: Making the design

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I based the design of my keys on it's original shape. They were rectangular and that made me choose rectangular objects. Here are some ideas:

RECTANGULAR SHAPE:
- Snooker table
- Soccer field / Soccer ball (This design is very versatile because most sport fields are rectangular and you can put the corresponding ball on the other side: basket, hockey, football, volleyball, tennis, cricket, table tennis)
- Photo camera
- Car
- Guitar
- Sandwich

ROUND SHAPE:

- Cookie
- Coin
- Sun
- Flower
- Sports balls (Tennis, baseball, golf, basket...)

I chose to make a camera, a soccer field/soccer ball and a guitar (based on a squared shape).

Step 3: Draw the design

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The first step is to draw the chosen design on the key to help you placing the clay on it.
ldworkshop2 months ago
Nice job ! Very good idea !!
micjwelch11 months ago
How well does it hold up? I see you got it onto a regular keyring at least.
misko13 (author)  micjwelch11 months ago
They hold up very well. My 1.5 year old nephew loves to play with them and even though they fall to the groung all the time nothing hapenned to them.

When I made the design on paper I carefully measured the space I could open the keyring to make sure I could use it. A friend who tried to decorte her keys made them so thick that she had to get a bigger ring. It depends on your design I guess :)