Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Mushroom Pin-Topper Tutorial

I've been asked by my good friend Teresa how I made the mushroom pins I showed in my last post. So yesterday I grabbed out my supplies and with camera in hand, created an easy peasy tutorial for her, and thought I'd share it with all of you guys too! It is so easy, you won't believe you never knew how to make them!You will need -
  • Pearl head pins
  • Polymer clay in your chosen colours (I used red and white)
  • Small beads
  • Oven
Step one - Roll a small amount of white clay into tic tac sized and shaped pieces:Step two - Push this "tic tac" of clay up through the sharp end of the pin, so it's sitting as pictured:Step three - Roll pea-sized bits of red clay into balls:Step four - slightly flatten red clay balls as pictured:Step five - Push pearl pin head softly into the center of your flattened red ball of clay, pick it all up and gently squeeze the edges of your flattened red clay around the pin head as pictured:Step six -Once flattened all the way around and in the shape of a mushroom, add however many beads you wish to make your mushroom look shroom-y (You could also use small round balls of clay to achieve this effect):Step seven - lay on some baking paper and follow directions on your polymer clay packet to bake:Step eight - Once cooked and cooled, take pins and stick them in your pin cushion for a photo shoot!!Step nine - Leave a comment on this post letting me know that you've made some!


Thankyou all so much for your wonderful comments! Here's some links to crafter's who have made their own! I love how they all turn out differently -

Teresa (of course) of All Things Vintage
Lisa at Cubby House Crafts


teresa said...

These are fantastic!! Love them and I can't wait to have a go at making them. I had to make carrots out of this clay stuff for a snowmans nose once! Thank you, Thank you, Amanda for the great tutorial xx

Jan said...

I havent made any yet but what a fasinating idea ,could be adapted to lots of other projects ,very well done ..love Jan xx

Cubby House Crafts said...

They are soo great! I am going to have a go on the weekend! Thankyou so much for taking the time to do a tutorial!

Annette said...

I think I have to try this out. They are just adorable! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

Joy said...

Oh these are fabulous!!! I just LOVE them!!! Thanks so much for the tut Amanda, I can't wait to make some :o)!!!
Joy ;)

Wendy B said...

I'm with everyone else.....so simple, but spectacular!!! I'm gonna try em too!!! Thanks Amanda (came via Teresa's blog...so I'm a newby to your blog...love it!)
sugary hugs
Wendyb :O)

Khris said...

cute, cute, cute....I am putting a link on my freebies blog if that's okay...don't suppose you can make an owl? Hugs Khris

allsewnup said...

These are awesome. I have a bit of trouble at times grasping the pins.
The larger heads will make that a thing of the past.
Thank you for this tutorial.


Anonymous said...

oh my goodness Amanda these are amazing so gorgeous!!! thanks so much for the tutorial! what fun could had with making these!!

CC said...

These are just as cute as can be. I really want to make some,if I can ever get caught up time wise. I've become a follower, can't wait to see what other crafts you do.

Jilly said...

Wow! They look fantastic, I am going to buy the stuff to make them on Tuesday when I am out and them soon.:=) I love them thankyou so much!! You are very clever!

Cattinka said...

I haven´t made any jet, but I´d like to give it a try, it looks so simple.
Thanks for showing how.

Denise said...

What a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing. I'd like to make some great toppers for my pins and now I can experiment with them. :)

Cubby House Crafts said...

I made 5 yesterday...just love them! I have just put them on my blog, and also had a visitor from the garden to check them out! Will be making some more today (verry addictive)
Thankyou again for the tute!

Sarah said...

These are SO cute Manda! I will have to get myself some of that clay!
x Sarah
PS: I have made carrot noses too.... actually i still have some of the orange clay somewhere!!

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Creative Breathing said...

Great tutorial! You make the process look so easy! I'm blog catching up. I am headed back through your posts as I type! Brother story.... I must talk to him and see if there are ones I actually CAN share!!! So enjoy your visits, my visits, blogland! PS Please tell me your area did not get the terrible flooding. Worried in Ohio! Elizabeth

Jenny of Elefantz said...

They are so cute, Manda!! Well done!! Next time I am in Townsville I will be stocking up on things I need to make a whole batch! Thanks for the tutorial. :-)

Anja´s Wunschpunsch said...


thank you for this wonderful tutorial.


Missie/Crafting with Cat Hair said...

These are so cute! I've never done anything with clay, but I might have to pick some up this weekend and give it a try. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Valentina said...

Oh Amanda, I can't wait for monday so I can rush over to the craft shop and get some clay!
Oh, I will definitely contact you when I made some.
In the meantime, stay safe and we will keep you in our prayers.
Valentina from Cyprus

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Yarni Gras! said...

how did I miss this!!! I love it, thanks!

Simone de Klerk said...

Such very cute pins to make! I think I will save the tutorial for Autumn, to make some for my friends. Thank you!

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