These days it’s especially good to find reuse/recycle ideas for polymer clay when covered Altoids tins and tea lights have become cliche.
Embellishing old lockets never occured to me until I saw Angeli Sobrepena’s (beadladyangeli) tutorial. She updates her locket with a trendy cupcake image but of course many designs would work.
Angeli suggests gluing the clay onto the locket after baking. A thin layer of liquid polymer applied to the locket before adding the clay might be easier and should bond securely.
I’m pulling out my bag of old jewelry with a renewed sense of the possiblities among my castoffs.
If you’re wondering how crafts and the DIY crowd are faring in this economy, check out Rob Walker’s “Happy Medium” column in the New York Times.
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Oh noes. I’m officially out of the loop when a trend I’ve never heard of is cliche. I’ve seen the Altoid tins all over the place, but I’ve never seen a polymer clay covered tea light. What a great idea! LOL.
This covered jewelry idea is really unique!
Deirdre – I was being too harsh and glib (I see a lot). Tins and tea lights are still great projects to try. I’m just happy to see something new.
Sorry, late night.
I’m glad that you changed your thinking on covered Altoid tins.. I make those and I was surprised to find I’ve become cliche.
Love the polymer claylocket idea.