I received so many lovely comments and questions about my clay tags that I though I would share a quick "How To" on them
I used DAS air dry modelling clay,
I bought mine online.
The clay has a similar consistency to cookie dough and being air dry means that it is forgiving and easy to work with for an amateur like me
I used small amounts at a time and rolled it out just like cookie dough to the desired thickness
To cut out my shapes I used a few different things as I was trying to find the right size.
Cookie cutters worked well and I used those for the stars, small hearts and the circles in the end, but I did try using a glass and a knife to cut around the edge as well as a scrapbooking heart template with a knife for the larger hearts.
It is really quite easy to work with so it is your preference.
I just used a pen to make the holes, but a skewer would be easier.
Then let the clay shapes/tags dry at least 24 hours, depending on the weather.
You can see the clay drying so it is easy to tell when they're dry.
I tried a few different things when it came to the writing. I used a stamp with ink in the photo above.
For some I used a sharp implement (a screwdriver I think, whatever was to hand) and indented the clay.
You need to do this prior to letting the clay dry.
I experimented with different textures and rolled the clay over a table runner I had in the kitchen to see how that would look when it dried.
On these ones I used raised felt stick on lettering.
The letters have stayed on well and it doesn't look like they will come off in a hurry.
For the name tags I have written on the clay with a scrap booking marker.
This works ok, except the clay seems to ruin the marker quickly and I need to keep wiping the nib of the marker to keep it working.
I am trying to find a pen or marker that works better as I have a lot of these to finish.
For some I used rub-ons. I picked up a packet from the cheap shop for $2 and these turned out to be my favourites.
Probably because I have such terrible writing and they just look so neat and tidy.
There you have it, nice and easy. I used a 1kg packet of the clay and got quite a few tags made from it.
If you have any other questions just ask me and I will do my best to answer them for you.
Hope you are all having a great week.
P.S We got the all clear from the doctor last week and I am officially healed! Thank you for all of your prayers and support over the last few months it has been really wonderful.