Introduction: Making Handles for Tools Out of Clay

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If you have a small blade, screwdriver head, or other similar object, that you can't use because it doesn't have a handle, this instructable can help you. I'm going to show you how you can make a handle out of clay.

Step 1: What You'll Need

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Pretty much all you will need for this is clay, and whatever you're making a handle for. Since I'm making tools to carve soft clay with, I'm using paperclips as blades.

Step 2: Make a Handle

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Use the clay to form a handle, and if you want, you can give it a more secure grip by squeezing it and molding the shape of your hand into the clay (this works better on thicker handles).

Step 3: Attaching the Handle

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To attach the handle, simply stick the object you're making a handle for into the end of the grip. If it's too short, then just superglue it onto the end once the clay hardens.

Step 4: Let the Clay Harden

If you have air dry clay, just leave it to dry, or bake it at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour (Low enough so it doesn't crack it, high enough so it works much faster). When it's hardened, it will be a fully function grip for your now fully functional tool!

Comments

zazenergy (author)2011-09-06

Thanks really "handy", thanks!

jtobako (author)2011-09-05


The corn starch clay always shrinks internally for me, leaving a lot of hollow space inside a thin outer wall. How do you prevent this or isn't it a problem?

ALogan97 (author)jtobako2011-09-05

I've never really noticed that happen, but maybe If you compact the clay so it's really dense, it might help. I'm not really sure though, sorry.

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