i make a lot of polymer clay covered pens, i make a few big canes of pretty patterns like rainbow chrysanthemums or simple tie-dye looking circles and keep them handy for covering the pens. you can use Sculpey or Fimo or any polymer clay.
- take a Bic Stic pen and remove the ink/nib with pliers and set aside
- roll out scrap clay to #5 on a pasta machine (1/16" thick) and cover the pen barrel with that, trimming off excess and smoothing the seam
- slice your cane with a razor blade or tissue blade and cover the whole thing. maybe put a pretty crystal on the top of the pen and press it in. roll the pen to get it all nice and smooth. trim off any excess.
- i like to make a grooved grip, i use a thin paintbrush handle and roll the pen with it 3 or 4 times near the place where you hold the pen, to make nice grooves.
- fold plain ol' printer paper or notebook paper into an accordion, and place a pen in each fold (keeps them from rolling).
- bake them at 275° for 15 minutes and let cool.
- you can also do plain-colored pens and add squiggles and shapes with clay rolled out at #5 on a pasta machine, kids are especially good at those kinds of pens
- you can varnish them with Future floor varnish, or just buff them with a soft cloth for a soft shine.
- replace the ink/nib using the pliers to guide it in (don't press down on the tip and smoosh it!). remember to include instructions on how to replace the ink with pliers, any Bic refill will work, even the glitter gel ones!
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everyone i know loves these pens, especially when i make them to match the picture frames or trinket boxes i make for them. they turn out nice and thick and easier to hold on to!