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« on: July 29, 2013 11:42:48 PM »

This evening I started to mess around with the stuff on my desk. I picked up the knitting needles for some practice. I went over the basics and then started attempting the cable.  I dont have a cable hook for knitting. I know people can do cables without a cable needle, but I dont have a clue how to.  So I needed a cable needle and I wasnt going to leave the house just to go buy one. I set my knitting a side and went to work on making my own cable needle. (Sometimes I wonder why I just dont keep it simple. I could have used a safety pin...) I have a strap basket of clay on my desk from doing other little things so I decide to use it for this project. Below I will share how I made my cable needle out of clay.
How to make your own cable needles out of clay

This is a fun, affordable, easy project, for all levels of Polymer clay fans and knitting lovers.

Total: 2hours (Im sure it only took that long because I was watching TV as I was making them.)

-small ball of clay or random scrap clay
-Knife or razor blade
-hard surface to work on or glass tile
-glass tile for baking or baking sheet
-foil paper
-glaze (optional)
-Kitchen timer (optional)

Step1: Condition your ball of clay by rolling it around in your hands and preheat oven/set to temperature required for your clay brand. You can find the baking time information on the back or side of your clay packaging.

Step2: Roll out your clay on your chosen work surface into a cane. If you want a smaller size needle keep rolling your cane until you reach your desired length and size. Otherwise stop rolling your cane or else it will become very thin and fragile.

Step3: Now you chose what style of needle you want. Straight, craved, slope in the center or cane shape needle, etc.

Step4: once you have picked the style you want and bended your cane into the shape. Round out the ends by rolling them back and forward until you have a nice pointy tip.

Step5: Your needle is now ready for baking, cover your baking pan or tile with foil and lay your needle(s) on top. You can now place it in the oven or continue to make a few more needles like I did. Use a timer if you dont want to sit and watch your needle(s) if you are using a oven without a timer.

Step6: Remove your needle(s) from the over but be careful the tile or baking sheet you are using will be very hot. Use a oven-mitt to remove tile/baking sheet and let it cool off. Once everything is cool you can use your needle(s) as is or add a coat of glaze like I did for a more finished look.

Step7: Start knitting cables with your new needle.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed my first clay how-to. Grin
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2013 11:50:51 PM »

So clever! You did a great job. I love the bright, swirly colors. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2013 03:17:56 AM »

Oooooooh - good on you!  Now we can have matching cable needles and stitch marker sets!

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2013 03:17:22 PM »

These are hilariously cool and pretty too! I love this idea.  Cheesy


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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2013 07:02:53 AM »

What a great idea!

« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2014 10:33:43 AM »

Wow that is a great idea. I love that you can make your own. I love the beautiful colors
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2014 02:04:54 PM »

Clever idea to use.
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2014 05:40:26 AM »

Very cool!

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