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Clay Cameos & Pretty Pegs

I’m here to show you how I made/decorated some bits and pieces for my May Counterfeit Kit!

This is what we’re here to talk about:

May Counterfeit Kit by Jennifer Grace

And we’ll start with the…

Clay Cameos:

Clay Cameos by Jennifer Grace

I’d seen a few tutorials out there for making your own polymer clay cameos or buttons. You can buy ready-made moulds (molds), but I made my own mould too. Here is one of the tutorials I’d seen on making them, and as I have a lot of Fimo polymer clay that gets rarely used these days, I thought I’d give it a try!

Step 1: Take some polmer clay, bigger than the item you want to mould, and knead it until soft. As my clay is about 7 years old this step took me ages and the clay was still a bit crackly, if I’m going to make more of these I need new clay!


Step 2: Spray your button (or whatever you want to make a mould of) lightly with water, OR dust it with cornstarch or baby powder. This will stop it getting bits of clay stuck in the grooves. Then press the button into the clay to make a good impression:

clay cameos step 2

Step 3: Bake your mould according to manufacturer instructions. Then when the mould is cool, dust with powder or spray with water again. Ball up some more polymer clay and press it into the mould. Trim off any excess clay:

clay cameos step 3

Then to colour my cameos I just put a teeny bit of acrylic paint on my fingertip, and rubbed it onto the raised areas of the button. If you wanted this to look more perfect you could use a fine paintbrush to paint it on, but I was okay with the distressed look:

Clay Cameos by Jennifer Grace

My finished buttons are approx 1″ in diameter and a quarter of an inch deep. I shall attach them to a project using Glossy Accents!

Next up is the…

Pretty Pegs:

Pretty Pegs by Jennifer Grace

You may have noticed these are just half-pegs. I don’t usually use pegs on my projects, because to me they look too bulky, so I thought I’d just use half-a-peg, as that would be flatter! You could of course paint a whole peg in the same way. Here’s my process:

Step 1: Take the wire off an ordinary wooden peg (my halves measure 3″ long by ” wide by a quarter inch deep), so you have two wooden halves:


Step 2: Paint each half in what-ever colour you choose. One of mine is navy-blue (Martha Stewart Satin Paint ‘Wild Blueberry’ – this needed 1 coat of paint), and one is a minty-colour (Martha Stewart Satin Paint ‘Beach Glass’ – this needed 3 coats). I then added white stripes on one, and white spots on the other:


Step 3: Twist some thin wire round the dent on the peg, folding it flat at the back:


That’s it! Then you just need to glue it to your project, making sure the peg sticks more at the bottom than the top, so it looks like you’ve pegged something down!

Finally there’s this 12×12 piece of kraft cardstock you can see in the background:

May Counterfeit Kit by Jennifer Grace

Which I simply added some anchors to, using my Glitz Anchors roller doodle, a Tim Holtz embossing ink pad, and some Ranger’s embossing powder in Seafoam White. I can’t wait to use this for a layout background!

I hope I’ve inspired you to make some unique embellishments/backgrounds! Which one of these would you be most likely to use?

Have a great day! x

P.S. There’s still 4 days left to enter my giveaway!

10 thoughts on “Clay Cameos & Pretty Pegs”

  1. Gosh, that is a lot of painstaking work – I really like those clothes pegs especially. You are giving me some good ideas for brightening up e laundry basket!


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