I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of oversized bags. I love how cute a compact shoulder bag or clutch looks, but when it comes down to it I want to be able to cart my whole world around with me/prepared for anyyyy occasion. This makes finding my keys somewhat of a challenge. Rooting around in my bottomless pit of a bag is often followed by emptying the entirety of the contents on the floor just to find my keys to open the door. My solution? — a size-able keyring. They’re easy to spot and easy to get your hands on, but of course it has to look pretty too, so I, Teri, made these cute DIY speckled clay keychains.
My age old love affair with polymer clay comes back into play here, but what can I say?! I love it!…
Masking or washi tape
White spray paint
Colored acrylic paint of your choice
Clear clay glaze (optional for a super durable finish)
Key chain or plain ring
Follow the clay packet instructions for preheating the oven and start by rolling some of the polymer clay into a ball. On a sheet of greaseproof paper roll this out with the rolling pin until it’s roughly
Use the cutter to make the circular shape and remove any excess
Make a hole near the top using a pencil, pushing it right through. Transfer the greaseproof paper onto a baking tray. This way you don’t have to lift the clay itself up and risk misshaping it.
Bake for the recommended time and then leave to cool fully afterwards.
Make a geometric shape in the corner of the clay, blanking out anything you don’t want colored by covering it with tape. Now apply a few thin layers of white spray paint, allowing it to dry in between.
Once totally dry, use a paintbrush and ink to splatter black all over the white. Leave this to dry completely.
Remove the tape to reveal the speckled white shape and then repeat with more tape to create a triangular shape overlapping the white speckled area. Use this as a guide to paint on the color you want in acrylic paint. Do a few lights coats and leave to dry fully. When it’s dry glaze the area to seal and give a luxurious shine.
When it’s all dry remove the tape and attach the chain / ring and your keyring is ready for action!
Combine it with your keys and hopefully it’ll be a lot easier to retrieve from the dark recesses of your bag, ha! You can even glaze the whole keyring to make it extra durable. Why not make a whole batch and give some away as gifts? Get busy adding some pizzazz to numerous sets of your keys!