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Attaching Pin Backs

by Kellie Prather Robinson
  • Premo Polymer Clay
  • Pinbacks
  • Super Glue Gel
  • TLS (translucent liquid Sculpey)
  • Tissue Blade
  • Stamps or other Texture Tools
  • Small Round Kemper Cutter, or a Small Drinking Straw
  • Scotchbrite Blue Scrub Pad
Simple Method
Step 1

Step 1: Attach pinback to pin with some Super Glue Gel. Apply some TLS to the top of the pinback, and allow it to flow down onto the clay as shown in the picture at the right.

Step 2

Step 2: Cover the TLS with a thin sheet of clay. In the example at the right it is a rectangle of clay that has been stamped. You can use contrasting colors of clay for this sheet, or you can use the same color of clay as your pin. Bake your pin at this time.

Step 3
Step 3: In this second example, a Kemper Cutter was used to cut out a shape, which was then put on top of the pinback and TLS. A smaller Kemper Cutter was then used to stamp into the shape. When you get it the way you want, bake the pin. There are so many different ways to embellish the backs of your pins!

Advanced Method:

Step 4
Step 4: Roll out a thin sheet of clay (#4 on the Atlas pasta machine). Place your pin on top of the sheet of clay. Using the pin as your template, cut around it to make your sheet of clay the same size and shape as your pin. Remove the pin from the sheet of clay and set aside for now.

Step 5
Step 5: Holding the pinback by the bar, press it gently into your prepared sheet to make some slight indentions.

Step 6

Step 6: Use a small round Kemper Cutter or a drinking straw to cut out holes where the indentions were left by the pinback.

Step 7

Step 7: Insert the pin and the pin clasp through the holes in the sheet of clay.

Step 8
Step 8: Apply a very thin coat of TLS to the back of your pin. Now take the sheet of clay prepared with the pinback and place it on top of the pin, with the bar of the pinback sandwiched in between the two pieces of clay.

Step 9

Step 9: You can texture the backing sheet of clay with a Scotchbrite blue scrub pad to hide fingerprints, or you can leave it plain. Bake your pin now!

©2002-Kellie Prather Robinson

Thank you, Kellie! You can Email Kellie at or visit her Website at

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