Thursday, July 18, 2013

Polymer clay octopus ring holder

I've been on a big kick lately with jewelry display ideas. There are so many cute ways to store your jewelry other then shoved in a drawer or a jewelry box. I plan on putting this guy on my nightstand to hold my rings. I intended on his legs being a tad higher up but they sunk down while in the oven. He still serves his purpose which is all that matters. After finishing this project, my head is swimming with ideas for future polymer clay projects. Who doesn't want to play with clay all day? With that being said let the fun commence!

Polymer clay
Metallic spray paint
Sculpting knife

Step 1: Pull off a piece of your clay and work it in your hands. You will want a decent size because this will be for your octopus's heads. Once it has become soft, roll it into a ball.

Step 2: Using another piece of clay work this into strips and bend into a tentacle shape. Make 8 of these for the legs.

Step 3: Attach your legs to the bottom of your head. Begin extending out the legs to get the desired look you want.

Step 4: You will now want to shape your head. Pinch down near the base so your head becomes more bulbous at the top. With your shaping tool smooth out around the head and tentacles to get a smooth look.

Step 5: Using a polymer clay oven or standard oven, bake your octopus at the recommended temperature and time on your polymer clay package. Allow to cool for at least an hour before adding your coat of spray paint.

Step 6: Begin spraying your octopus. Stay a good distance away and do not spray heavily. This will keep your paint from clumping. Let your first coat dry for at least 30 minutes before doing another coat. Be sure to do a coat on the bottom also.

His head cracked a little after it came out of the oven but I'm really happy with it overall. Now I want a whole menagerie of polymer clay friends ;)

What do you guys think?

Happy crafting!


  1. I think it's pretty cool - I'll pop it up as a post on tonight.

    For the slumping you noticed while baking, roll up pieces of paper, or card or dishes and prop them under the legs. For the cracking in the head that's likely due to uneven heating in a thick layer... you can avoid that by forming a thin layer of clay around a ball of aluminum foil. That would make for even baking.

    Some spray paints with solvent bases will not work with clay over time - they'll eat it. So keep an eye on your guy and see how it is a few months because if the krylon and the kato don't react, that would be very cool news for the clay community.

  2. I made one, but i shaped the head before i attached it to the legs. Smoothed out the seems a lot, and flipped it over, used my ball tool to push the legs into the bottom of the head :)