We can't get enough of the marbled look these days, so of course we'd suggest you make a set of super cute marbled crochet hooks. The supplies for this project go a long way, so it's really the perfect gift to make in bulk and pass out to all your friends at the office or stuff in all those stockings. Pair a hook with a ball of yarn to make a more substantial gift. Or, try this technique on a pen instead and have a broader range of giving possibilities.
What You Need
- Polymer clay
- Aluminum crochet hooks
1. Select as many colors of clay as you like, and condition each piece by kneading it in your hands before rolling it out in a long log.
2. Twist all the strands together.
3. Fold the twisted strand in half, and twist the two sides together once more.
4. Press all the strands into each other as you roll the large combined mass into one log.
5. Fold the log in half, twist, and roll out. The fold-twist-roll creates the marbling effect, so you'll need to repeat this technique until you achieve your desired amount of marbling.
6. Wrap the long, marbled log around the base and sides of the crochet hook. Press the sides together so the clay closes around the hook.
7. Roll the crochet hook on a flat surface so the clay around it begins to come together, forming a smooth, marbled surface.
8. Before baking the clay, carve the needle size into the surface on one side. If you forget to mark the size, you can use a fine tip permanent marker to mark the bottom of the hook after it's been baked.
9. Place the crochet hook on a parchment-lined disposable tray and bake at 275° for 25-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your clay.
10. After the hook and clay have cooled completely, you can choose to buff the surface with super fine sandpaper for a super smooth finish.
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