Hi guys, it’s Cindy Lietz, your Polymer Clay Tutor
and today’s Studio Tip, I’m going to show you how to add Screw Eyes to polymer clay. Now, if you’ve ever made a polymer clay charm
or pendant that you needed to hang something from, you need to add some sort of loop to
it and what a lot of people do is they will take their little charm, in this case, it’s
a little blueberry muffin bead that I made and they’ll take an eye pin like this little
eye pin here and they will just stick it into the raw clay, pop it into the top, bake it
and be done with it. But if you’ve ever done that before, you will
know within a short period of time that especially if it’s on a charm bracelet that little eye
pins just going to fall right out there’s nothing to grab onto that polymer clay. Now, I have a tutorial on how to add the eye
pins, you can just put a little bend in it and and bend it into your clay before you
bake it but an even better way to do it, it’s even more secure is if you use something like
an eye pin or a Screw Eye, they’re called. And you may have seen them before they’re
kind of an industrial thing that you would find at the hardware store they come in a
bunch of different sizes. I’ve got a little little tiny one here, it
is only about a sixteenth of an inch across the whole, if you go from the outside of the
whole to the–or the outside the circle to the other side and– I found it now years
ago somewhere at some jewelry supply place. Then this one here is one that I found it
a hardware store it is about it’s about three-eighths of an inch across, so around three millimeters
or so and then this one here, is actually a Tim Holtz one and it is about a quarter
of an inch across and the nice thing about the Tim Holtz ones is you can buy little packages
of them, you can get them in just about any store, I got these at Michaels, I believe,
and you can get them in a different– different finishes in small amounts so you don’t have
to buy a big bag of them at the hardware store. He has a sort of an antique silver one here,
an antique bronze or brass and then an antique copper But there is lots and lots of places you can
find Screw Eyes and the nice thing about them is that they screw into the polymer clay and
are very secure especially if you do it how I’m going to suggest. Now, I’ll show you a couple of examples of
where I’ve used them, this one first one here, I’ve used one of the Tim Holtz eye pin or
Screw Eyes in the top of a little pendant here. This happens to be a one from a slice of cane
from my Leopard Cane Tutorial that I’ve wrapped some copper tape around the outside. I’ve also done some UV Resin on both sides
so it’s a neat little pendant and then I screwed one of the copper colored eye pins into there
or Screw Eyes and then on this one here, this bracelet it is made up of slices from my Happy
Camper Cane, it’s a little polymer clay cane that looks like a vintage trailer and I happen
to put the Screw Eye right here on this side where it would look like a little trailer
hitch. But you could put a screw wherever you want
but this suited it to be right where the trailer hitch was and the nice thing about it is better
if– they’re so much more sturdier then eye pins so the twisting and the things that can
happen on a charm bracelet, they don’t get bent open and they also don’t pull out because
they’re screwed into the clay plus there’s a drop of glue there as well. Now, to do this, there’s a lot of different
things that you would be– that you might want to use is an eye pin in rather than turning
it into a bead or whatever, something that’s kind of awkward shaped you might not want
to drill it from an end to end and you may not want to add like a bail on to the back
so this would be a perfect case for a screw eye or something like this. This is a neat little piece of– it’s just
from the Aurora Borealis Tutorial and this one would be a good one because you could
just screw up a hole right into the top here and then the little cane there. Alright, so let me just show you how to do
this. The best thing to do and this is the same
if you’re adding a screw into wood or whatever you’re doing, is to drill a small pilot hole
first. You do this for two reasons, as long as your
drill bit is smaller than the shaft of the Screw Eye that you’re putting in, then what
it does is the hole will will give you a place to start off because if you just try to screw
it into the top here, it’s difficult to get in, it can skitter around and leave kind of
a messy hole and if depending on how the pieces designed it could put a crack in it. That happens in wood especially you can get
a crack in it. So you take a drill bit that is really tiny. Now I happen to buy a set here, this set was
only like six dollars and there’s like a whole bunch of micro sized ones, they’re actually
meant for all the different sizes of wire and it was only six dollars for the whole
set. I got it at Contenti which is an online jewelry
supply store but you can also find small drill bits I’m at a woodworking store or being a
hardware store that kind of thing too. The drill bits are everywhere but what I would
do is I would start a pilot hole in the top here. Hopefully, my fingers are out of the way and
polymer clay is so soft that what I usually do to get started is just kind of push down
on the drill to kind of put a little bit of a dent in the surface and then I just want
to screw down straight in because if you go in crooked you’re going to end up with an
eye pin–or the Screw Eye that goes in crooked. You also want to drill in a little bit shorter
than your screw and like I said, that you want it to be a smaller hole so it has something
to grab onto. So if you dri– drill then you can just sit–
jumped in my hand– if you just take it you can just screw it right in with your fingers
can take a little bit these are quite tiny and then it will just grab on. If you drill too big of a hole, what will
happen is– is those little threads on the screw will not have anything to bite into
and it’ll just pull out so I would screw it in first, get it right down to where I want
it then I would unscrew it again and put a little drop of superglue, white glue, any
kind of glue that’s going to just keep it from twisting out. So I’m just going to take this is a Glue I
got from I don’t know, Rings and Things but I think a lot of those places have it and
any super glue would work because your it’s– you’re not really securing the whole thing
in there you’re just kind of keeping it from twisting because the the screw itself will
hold in quite nicely into that soft polymer clay. So I’m just going to put a little drop of
glue on there and twist that back in. I always like to twist it one time in and
make sure they’ve got the thing in nice and straight before I put the glue in and also
to decide where I want it. If this is a very large hole in the screw
and you can string your cording or whatever it is that– your chain through it then you
would have it go front to back like this but if you have– if it’s quite small, this one
isn’t terribly large, you can turn it sideways like this and then put a jump ring in it. So in this case, that’s what I did here so
i put a jump ring between the screw eye and the cording and then it’s easy to open and
close and it’s facing the right direction. So, I hope that made sense for you, it will
make a very very secure way to hold on to your charms, way stronger than just putting
one of those flimsy little eye pins in that you just poked in. You don’t want it– you’ve done all that beautiful
work on your polymer clay charm and you don’t want to lose it and I– so put in– you can
find these little screws eyes in all kinds of places in lots of different sizes and finishes
and with a little drop of glue, you’re going to have a very secure charm. Alright, so I hope that was helpful if it
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