Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rainbow & Shamrock Pin Tutorial

My favorite St. Patrick's Day ever I spent in Toulouse, France. A friend of mine dragged me to what seemed like the only Irish Pub in Toulouse where we drank Guinness and Bailey's all night while sharing stories about our travels with each other and a fantastic variety of people we met that night, including an opera company visiting from England. It was the first and last time I had Guinness.

Rainbow & Shamrock Pin Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

This year to celebrate, I'll be wearing my new Rainbow & Shamrock Pin. You can make one too.

Rainbow & Shamrock Pin Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

What you'll need:

Oven-bake clay (I used Premo in Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple)
A carving tool (or a butter knife or a toothpick)
A rolling pin or straight-sided glass
The Shamrock Template
Glitter
An oven
Pin-back
Hot glue

How to make it:

Let me recommend that you start by working with only one color of clay at a time and to clean up your hands, workspace, and tools in between colors so you don't contaminate your colors. Yellow seemed especially susceptible to being stained by the others.

Rainbow & Shamrock Pin Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

I started with the shamrock. I rolled out a small ball of green clay and sprinkled a bit of white glitter on it. Then I laid the Shamrock Template on top of it and traced a shamrock onto it before cutting it out.

I used the left over bits of green clay to make a small cylinder and then rolled it flat too.

Rainbow & Shamrock Pin Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Roll out each of the rest of the colors so you have somewhat matching pieces of flat ovals of approximately three inches long each.

Rainbow & Shamrock Pin Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Cut a wedge from each of these. You can see mine are in color order already (ROY G BIV).

Rainbow & Shamrock Pin Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Next scratch hatch marks into each side that will press into its neighbor. Press hatched sides together smoothing together gently with your fingers. If colors don't fit together perfectly, you can add a small snake of color to the top of the rainbow and smooth gently to get a more perfect line.

Rainbow & Shamrock Pin Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Curve the rainbow together so it looks pretty and then chop off the excess. You can see my rainbow ended up being only a little more than half the size of my original wedges.

Rainbow & Shamrock Pin Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Put hatch marks on the back of the shamrock and the top of the rainbow where they will connect. Press together carefully.

Bake in the oven, following the instructions from the package of clay.

Once cool, use the hot glue gun to attach a pin back to your rainbow.

Rainbow & Shamrock Pin Tutorial | Red Circle Crafts

Note: There are a few Amazon affiliate links in this post. I make money off them if you purchase the product through my link. This money goes to more craft supplies and website expenses.

2 comments:

  1. I love it! Looks pretty easy to make.

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  2. Definitely, it is pretty easy. Thanks!

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