Polymer Clay Wrench

This polymer clay wrench can personalize a tool box, be a table setting marker or a wearable name tag, for a tradesperson.

I made this to personalize a toolbox, but don't stop there. You have three choices on what you can use this for.

Age: 10

Difficulty: Medium

Time Scale: 2 out of 5

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Supplies:

  • pkg. silver polymer clay (use Ultra light Sculpey® and pin back if this will be a wearable name tag)
  • ball end tool
  • needle tool
  • small exacto knife
  • small letter stamps
  • Black craft paint
  • small paint brush
  • paper towel
  • plastic tool box
  • E 6000 glue
  • small tile
  • Toaster oven for baking the clay

This project made me think of the time we accidently crashed a Christmas party at Home Depot. I'm so glad that I didn't go help myself to that cake that was sitting on the table!! The only reason I didn't, is because we had just eaten (no, not there) and I was way too full. You are probably asking yourself what in the world this has to do with ANYTHING. Well, if everyone would had one of these pinned to their shirt, maybe we would have clued in a little sooner, that the store was only full of employees, not customers. Well, then again, probably not!

This would make a really interesting and unique name tag. It could be made by each individual, that attended the party. Other tools could be made too. Prizes could be given for the most realistic looking tool. To change this into a wearable name tag, use Ultra light sculpey, instead of regular sculpey, so it isn't so heavy. Glue a pin on the back of it, after baking and it can then be attached to a shirt.

These would also make perfect table setting markers, for a tradesperson or the hardware store party. At the Home Depot party, if I didn't see my name on a place setting, surely I would have figured out, I wasn't suppose to be there!?  Maybe, I should provide them with these suggestions to prevent future, customer party crashers! 
 

Polymer Clay Wrench How To

Condition about 1/2 to 3/4's of a package of silver sculpey. Divide clay into three pieces. Small, medium and large. Well, more like small, a bit bigger and a bit bigger than that. Oh dear, these are sketchy directions already and I have barely started! Hang in there, I promise it will get better!

Roll the small and medium sized pieces into balls. The small one should be about the size of a large marble and the other one a bit smaller than a ping pong ball.

Now both of these should be rolled into a snake about 1/2 an inch thick. Now bend them into a "C" shape. Flatten them down a bit. 

The third piece of clay should be rolled into a cylinder shape about 3 inches long. Squish this down so it is about 1/4 of an inch thick, 3/4 of an inch wide and about 4 inches long. This is the handle of the polymer clay wrench. Okay, so I didn't get a picture of the squishing part. Oops!


Attach the "C" shaped pieces, one on each end of the handle. Use a ball end tool to smooth the clay together, where they join. Flip over and do the same with the other side. After it is smooth on the back, flip it over. Place it on a ceramic tile. If the back is smooth and flat, that is all that will have to be done on that side. You can now just concentrate on the front.

Flatten the pieces and start bending and shaping. The pictures will be more helpful than trying to go into more blah, blah, blah, to describe it. I'm sure sometimes that only makes sense to me and reading it sounds like a bunch of nonsense.

Use an exacto knife, to refine the shape by trimming the edges on the handle, to get them nice and straight.

If you have a real wrench around, check it out. It will be great to use as a reference, to help get the angles right. The shape on those "C" pieces aren't curved into an exact "C" shape.

If you do happen to have that real wrench to use as a reference, you will see, in the center of the handle, there is an oval shape with the brand name and usually the size, stamped into it.

The needle tool will work to draw a line, to make the shape. The ball end tool works to smooth it out a bit and kind of bump up the center piece.

Soon, you will have this polymer clay wrench looking like you could pick it up and actually loosen a few nuts! Don't try this yet, it's too floppy and fragile. What it is time to do, is get out your small letter stamps and spell out the name of the recipient, inside that oval shape on the handle.

Check your spacing for the letters, before you start happily stamping away. It is so annoying to discover you don't have enough room for that last letter, after you have already started stamping!

Use the side of the criss cross pattern on the exacto knife to add texture to the handle, but not on the name plate or the ends.

Leave the polymer clay wrench in place, on the tile. Put in a preheated toaster oven. Bake according to the instructions provided on the package of clay. When it has finished baking, let it cool.

Water down some black craft paint slightly and apply to the front side of the polymer clay wrench. Leave it on for 60 seconds or so and then wipe off the excess with a slightly damp paper towel. The black paint will go into the indentations. This will make the letters stand out more.


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Apply E 6000 glue to the back of the polymer clay wrench and stick in on the front of a plastic tool box. Once it is dry, it's all ready to go.  Now, everyone will know who the tool box belongs to. Who do you know that needs their name on their toolbox, so someone else doesn't get their dirty little paws on it? Make one for them!

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