Collecting trading pins is typically pursued in sporting events, conventions, and other similar types of events and occasions. You may design your very own trading pin for your group. You may even come up with a pin so you can add this to your collection. There are various ways that you can maximize so you can make your trading pin. However, you should first decide how you want it to look like and what it should express in the first place.
This project requires you to prepare certain materials ahead of time.
You may find most of these in your household. In case you do not have a couple of these tools and materials, you may check out the local hardware shop for availability.
- Clear acrylic varnish
- Firm bristle brush
- Run on accent paint, gold
- Stamp ink pad, black
- Old cookie tin or sheet
- Rubber stamp
- Rolling pin
- Polymer clay
- Safety pins or pin backs
- Small artist’s brush
- Small foam brush
- Acrylic paint
You need to perform a series of steps before you can finally end up having a hand stamped trading pins made of polymer clay.
First, you have to knead the clay until you find it pliable. You should also roll the clay over a flat surface using a rolling pin. Do this until the clay is around one inch thick. You may then measure the stamp size that you will use and cut the clay squares that can accommodate the size of the stamp. Place the clay squares on the old tin or cookie sheet. Bake this in the oven in accordance to the directions that the manufacturers have out. Allow it to cool before you start decorating it.
Combine the acrylic paint with some water so you can create your color wash. Paint both sides of your clay square using a foam brush and the color wash that you mixed up earlier. Allow this to dry.
Stamp each of your clay square using the black ink and the rubber stamp. Allow this to dry as well. You may then highlight the edges of your clay square using the rub on accent paint. Let this dry for around 30 minutes or more. Dip a dry and firm bristle brush on the gold paint and lightly brush this over your rubber stamped image. Allow it to dry.
Finally, apply an even coating of acrylic clear varnish using a foam brush. You have to do this for both sides of your clay square to protect the entire surface. Attach the pin on the back part of your clay square using epoxy glue. Before you wear the pin, allow this to dry adequately.
There are some considerations that you have to keep in mind when creating your very own trading pin.
In case you are planning to create a certain number of trading pins, you have to consider creating your template for the liner. This liner typically goes in the bottle cap. Also, you have to avoid using the rolling pins, tins, and cookie sheet for food after you used them along with polymer clay in this project. Doing so may bring a certain number of health related hazards in your part.
The trading pins are considered as a symbol of the group that you are currently affiliated in. These can also serve as a nice addition to your ever growing collection. Making some of these pins can help you save a lot of money if you think about it.