I saw this awesome tutorial for clay pens over at Little Birdie Secrets.
I thought this would be a great project for the kiddos to make for the hubby, and the grand, and great-grand fathers for Father's Day. Seriously, men in our family always have a pen on them!!
It took a couple of tries to get our pens to turn out.
1. You need to cover the entire pen with the clay. If not, they plastic pen melts and bends, or melts and shrinks.
2. Don't bake the pens for more then a couple of minutes at a time. I followed the directions on the clay package. The oven got to hot, thus the reason for tip number one. I heated my oven to 300 and then turned if off and let it cool for a couple minutes and then placed the pens in for about 5 minutes. If they aren't done, then place back in the oven for a minute or two longer at a time. Seriously they shrink and the clay will crack if they are left in the heat for too long!!
3. Have an exacto knife, or a sharp knife on hand. The plastic melted at the tip and I wasn't able to get the ink back in to the pens. I had to use the exacto knife to scrape the opening out in order to get the ink to fit back inside the pen.
All in all this was a fun project, not so much for my kiddos, it was a little more involved than I thought. Probably better suited for a little older kids. My 4 and 2 year old contributed by helping me select the color combos.