Clay Tutorial: Crochet Hook Handles

How to make colorful, coiled crochet hook handles with Sculpey polymer clay.As a crafter, I feel absolutely giddy when I can combine my different interests and skills into a single project. That's why I was so thrilled to match up my new found love for polymer clay with my long-lasting passion for crochet to create multicolored crochet hook handles.

After making the first one, I couldn't resist crafting an entire set of crochet hook grips in a rainbow of colors.

Materials




Directions


Roll out a thin sheet of clay. You can use a clay conditioner or roll it out with the roller from your bead making kit.

This part of the handle will never be seen so it's fine to use some scrap clay.
Wrap the clay around the base of the crochet hook (below the flattened label). Use the blade from your bead making kit to trim the excess. Smooth the clay around the handle to make a nice base for the rest of your design.

Pro tip: If you plan on making a matching set of crochet hooks, you will want each of the finished handles to be the same size. Take the time to measure and make sure the diameter and length of the clay bases are the same for every hook. This means larger hooks will have a thinner clay base and narrower hooks will have a thicker clay base.

Next, you will use the extruder to make a strand of clay that will wrap around the handle. You could use a single color of clay, but I like to add a little variegation.

Roll out three colors of clay on the thickest setting of your clay conditioner or roll the clay by hand to approximately 1/16th of an inch.

Use the circle cutter from the bead making kit to cut eight circles from each color.
Stack the colors as shown to make a little clay core.
The extruder comes with 6 discs that are single circles. Use the third smallest, it's about 1/16 of an inch in diameter.

Load the core into the extruder and squish it through.
Next, wrap the strand around the handle in a very tight coil, gently pressing it to the clay base as you go.
When you get to the end of the handle, make a couple more coils that decrease in size then trim the clay strand and secure the end to the bottom of the handle.
Finally, bake it according to the clay package directions. Be very careful when you take the hook out of the oven because it will be very hot. After the hook and clay have completely cooled, you can coat the handle with clear clay sealer if you choose. I left mine unsealed because I liked the texture.

How to make colorful, coiled crochet hook handles with Sculpey polymer clay.

When not in use, I'll be storing my new crochet hooks in a small glass jar because they are so pretty.

How to make colorful, coiled crochet hook handles with Sculpey polymer clay.

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