How to Create a Polymer Clay Keychain

Personalized keychains let you express your unique style. Whether you are making a keychain for yourself, a friend or a loved one, your creativity will shine through with our polymer clay keychain craft. Use our directions to create a polymer clay keychain. 

How to Make Keychains

To make keychains, you will need: 

  • A rolling pin.
  • A cookie sheet. 
  • Jump and keychain rings. 
  • Cookie cutters. 
  • Parchment paper. 
  • Polymer clay. 
  • Toothpicks. 
  • Pliers. 

Follow these directions to make a keychain: 

1. Preheat Your Oven and Separate the Clay

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Pull the clay apart into several chunks, each weighing about one ounce. You can use one or multiple colors together. 

2. Mash All the Clays Together

For a marbled look, make snakes out of all of the colors, twist the snakes together, fold, twist again and keep repeating until you have the marbled look you like! If you want a uniform or solid appearance, you can move onto step three without combining colors. 

3. Roll Out and Cut the Clay

Roll the clay out on a flat surface with the rolling pin. Then, use the cookie cutter to cut out your shape. You can also use letter-shaped cookie cutters and outline your initials. 

Make sure your shapes are relatively small, at about one to two inches in diameter. A small keychain will hang safely from your keys and complement other accessories. 

4. Make the Hole

Gently push the toothpick into the top of your clay to create a hole. You will attach the jump ring to this hole later. 

5. Bake the Clay

Set your clay creations on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake the clay for 20 minutes, then take it out of the oven and let it cool.

6. Put the Shape on the Jump Ring

Pry open a jump ring using pliers. Be sure to open it wide enough to hook it into the shape. Once you connect your clay, open two more jump rings and attach them one by one to create a chain. You should have a chain with three links secured to your clay.

7. Attach to the Keychain

Take the jump ring and carefully attach it to the keychain ring. Connect your polymer clay creations to the keychain. 

8. Accessorize the Keychain

Once you finish, you might want to add some pizzazz to your keychain. You can decorate the clay with paint or other materials, such as glitter, rhinestones or feathers. You can express limitless creativity for your keychain. 

Use Sculpey® Polymer Clay for DIY Keychains

Creating a polymer clay keychain is easier when you have the right tools to do it. Sculpey III® can help you craft quality clay items. Search our products to find the best materials for your keychain, and browse our how-to page to see other fun project ideas. 

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