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First-time contributor Allyson Hamilton has prepared a terrific project lesson - The Bamboo Pen. Follow her directions and you'll have a great new item for your collection!


  • BIC Round stic pen
  • Premo! Clay in Ecru and red pearl
  • Heavy wire
  • Pliers
  • Stamp with oriental writing
  • Pasta machine
  • Liquid clay (TLS) mixed with some sort of pigment
  • 2" eye pins and 2" head pins
  • Clay extruder and small round disc for extruder
  • Pre-made leaves with a hole in the top for a jump ring
  • Short piece of gold chain
  • Click Pictures for a Larger View
    Step 1: Drill a small hole in the end of the pen.

    Step 2: Using a pair of pliers, gently remove the end and ink from the barrel of the pen.
    Step 3: Using a pasta machine, prepare a sheet of clay to cover the pen. I ran the clay through the pasta machine until the sheet was quite thin. Cut a piece to cover the pen.
    Step 4: . Gently seal the clay around the pen. Cover the end of the pen and push a needle or piece of wire through the clay and into the hole you drilled at the end of the pen barrel so there will be a hole after it is baked. Bake the pen according to the package directions.
    Step 5: Using a small round disc and a clay extruder, push out a fairly long string of clay which we will attach to the pen barrel beginning with 1 piece wrapped around the top.
    Step 6: Move down a thrid of the barrel and wrap two strings around the barrel. Repeat again at the next third.
    Step 7: As you can see, I have separated my pens into 3 sections by applying one string of clay at either end of the pen and a double string to separate the sections.
    Step 8: Push a pin through the clay at the end of the pen so there will be a hole in the clay when it is finished. Bake according to package directions.
    Step 9: Once the pen is baked and cooled, apply a patina of brown acrylic paint. I did my pen in sections because the paint dries very quickly. To apply a patina, paint a section of the pen with brown paint and quickly wipe it off. The brown paint should stay in some areas of the clay and leave an aged look to the rest of the clay.
    Step 10: After the patina has been applied, push a heavy wire through the hole you made in the end. Push it all the way down the pen's barrel and out the opening where the ink goes. Make a loop in the wire and pull it back through until it stops at the end.
    Step 11: Now cut the wire off and make another loop in it. This way you'll have a loop inside the barrel so the wire doesn't pull out of the pen, and a loop on the end to hang the other items on.
    Step 12: Put jump rings through the holes in the pre-made leaves. If you don't know how to make leaves, there are several good books and on-line tutorials, many right here at PCC (check the Website Index ).
    Step 13: Now put a larger jump ring through the loop at the end of the pen, and and then hang the leaves on that jump ring as shown.
    Step 14: The end result will look like this.
    Step 15: For the oriental tag, roll out a sheet of clay on the largest setting. Using a rubberstamp (I use Stampin' Up) impress an image.
    Step 16: Cut the image out in the shape you wish (I'm using a circular cutter).
    Step 17: Using a straw, punch a small hole in the tag. Bake according to the directions.
    Step 18: After the tag is baked, mix a small amount of gold oil paint with liquid clay. Using a toothpick, fill in the figure. Bake again according to the directions on the liquid clay.
    Step 19: Re-insert the ink into the pen barrel. Hang the oriental tag on a few links of chain and hang the tag on the pen with the leaves...

    ...and sit back admire your finished Bamboo Pen!!!

    By Allyson Hamilton
    ©2007 Text and Photos

    We want to thank Allyson for sharing this excellent project lesson with Polymer Clay Central. If you have a lesson or tutorial, or something you would like to share with PCC, please email Leigh or Stephen and we will help you prepare your project for the PCC Website!

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