Friday, 17 February 2012

Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Tutorial

I've been spending some time playing with my new blog which means I've seen a lot of my yoga cows on the banner heading at the top there.  I've also been doing a lot of crochet, working on my 6 Ball Blanket.   So it seemed completely obvious that I should link those thoughts and make myself a cow crochet hook.  Have you ever used fimo?  Also known as polymer clay, you buy it in different colours and mould it, shape it and bake it at a low temperature in the oven for about 20 mins until it hardens.  Brilliant!

This is what you need - a crochet hook (made of metal), and some white and black fimo.  Soften the fimo in your hands to get it pliable and roll a ball of each colour.

Roll the white ball into a stumpy sausage shape and push the end of the crochet hook into it but don't let it pop out of the end.  Then roll it out until the white fimo covers half the hook.  Roll tiny balls of black fimo.

Use your finger tip to squish the tiny black balls flat and into irregular shapes (think cow thoughts) then press them gently onto the white  cover.

Your neat, smooth sausage shape cover will get distorted by this but don't worry, we'll sort that out once you've pressed all the black spots onto it.

Now roll the spotty cover until the black softens into the white clay and it's even all round.  Then run a knife around the edge half way down the hook to cut off the excess and make a neat edge.  You want to make sure you can see the size marked in the middle.  And you're done!  Bake according to the instructions on the pack.  If you like, you can sand it down and varnish. 

I got all giddy about my cow crochet hook so I found a Gustav Klimt inspired polymer clay cane I made ages ago and covered another hook with that.   Canes are like a stick of rock, they have a design which runs all the way through the middle.  To use a cane you cut thin slices from it.  The book I learned from is Donna Kato's "The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques"  

Finished!

This has given me a yearning for yarn.....

7 comments:

  1. Ann (not from the Ukraine!)20 February 2012 at 21:47

    phew - I was worried about a blog on hookers! Only a genius would create a cow and a klimt themed crochet work of art :)

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  2. Love your personalised crochet hooks - the cow one is so fun!

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    1. Well thank you kindly, it's appreciated :)

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  3. Hi there, my friend Sarah told me about your wonderful crochet hooks. My daughter makes jewellery and charms from fimo. You might be interested in her tutorials on Youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/ThisisShannonx?feature=mhee
    Jxo

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  4. Thanks Judith - I've had a quick peek at your daughters site. She's gifted!

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  5. Not sure if you see this anymore, but how did you get your Klimt one to look so nice? I've been able to make clay canes that look pretty good, but when I try and get them on the hook they get so distorted that they no longer look nice :(

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments :) I found two things made a difference, the temperature and thinness of the cane you want to attach. I cut mine very thin ie 2-3mm and let each piece warm on my palm before placing it on the cane. I gently pushed all the slices into position on the crochet hook which was already covered in a fimo "sleeve" then rolled the crochet hook on a flat surface. It seemed to work but you're right, it is tricky! Hope that helps :)

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