We did it! We made it to week three of my three week mini series. Starting two weeks ago, I shared my love of using one simple product in three very different ways. And that special product was polymer clay. I showed you how to make a Marbled Clay Keychain, as well as a Braided Clay Keychain. I saved the best for last because if you thought the other were fun then watch out. Today’s post is how to create a DIY Clay Tassel Keychain!
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Start this DIY by removing a small portion of the peach colored FIMO clay. Using your hands, roll the clay into thin snake like strands. I laid my clay out in about 3.5 to 4″ lengths.
Once you have about 15+ strands of clay, you can start to create your “tassel” shape. Note: I wanted my tassel to have a real look and not be all perfectly straight. So to create that effect, I slightly bent a few of the bottom strands outward. This helps give the look like they are moving and flowing in the breeze! Do your best to not pinch the clay at the top, just gingerly set each piece atop each other.
To create a band to keep everything together, or at least what appears to be a band, using two different colors, lay about five or so strips along the top.
Once all the strips have been added, gently lift the top portion and wrap around the tassel. You can cut the excess off now. Then using a straight edge or clay tool, create a clean cut across the very top of your tassel.
Bake your clay per the directions on your specific clay. My FIMO clay requires baking at 230 F for 30 minutes. Then, I removed from the oven and allowed to cool.
Next, all that is left is securing your jump ring and lobster keychain onto the clay! I used E6000 Craft Adhesive to make sure the jump ring is quite secure.
And once baked, this polymer clay has quite a bit of give to it. I’ve been more cautious to just throw this keychain in my purse with wild abandon simply because some of those tassels are sticking out a bit. But overall, it’s seemed to hold up to use rather well.
I just couldn’t not be more pleased with it’s final outcome.
If you are interested in checking out my other two Clay Keychains, you can see them all together below!!
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