chalkboard napkin rings

I love polymer clay and I love chalkboard paint, so I decided to combine them for a fun little craft!

Chalkboard napkin rings!

Perfect for dinner parties!
What you need:
-ivory polymer clay (I used Sculpey clay)
-clay softener
-wax paper
-painters tape
-rolling pin
-baking sheet
-paint brush
-brown chalkboard paint

What to do:
 1. Prep you area and your clay
 -The polymer clay might stain and damage surfaces so lay out a piece of wax paper and tape down all sides with painters tape.
-Now you are ready to knead the clay.  The Sculpey clay is sectioned off in four parts, which can easily be broken off.  Knead each section separately.
-Work the clay with your hands until it is smooth and easy to shape.
-If needed, you can add a few drops off clay softener (I recommend)

2. Make the ring

-Take a section of the clay that you kneaded and roll it into a cylinder with your hands.
-Then lay it out on the wax paper and roll it flat using a rolling pin. (if the clay is sticking to the pin, it helps to rub a little clay softener on the pin) 
-It needs to be about 3/4 of and inch thick and about an inch wide.
-Now form into a ring shape.  You can look at a napkin ring you already have or a toilet paper roll to get the sizing right.
-Continue to form and sculpt until you are satisfied, but remember it doesn't have to be perfect.  Lumps and bumps give it character!
-However, if your fingerprints show up on the clay you can easily smooth those out by rubbing on a drop or two of clay softener.  This is also a great technique for smoothing out unwanted cracks.
-Now repeat these steps to make a set of napkin rings.

 3. Baking and painting
-Place you rings on a baking sheet.
-Bake at 275
°F for 15 min. (Be sure not to over bake)
-Once the clay rings have cooled, remove them from the baking sheet and get ready to paint.
-Paint a rectangle (or whatever shape you desire) onto the ring. It takes several coats of chalkboard paint.
-Wait 24 hours for the paint to fully dry, then rub the flat side of chalk over the painted area, and wipe off.
-Now you are ready to entertain with a fun new table accessory!

Most important thing to remember is that no two clay napkin rings have to be exactly alike!

 You can be specific...

Or have fun with it...

The possibilities are endless with polymer clay napkin rings! Get creative with your shapes and colors!
Like these mustache and lips napkin rings I made. For the lip color, I mixed a little 083 Red with 1689 Sunset, and a little 042 Black with 053 Chocolate for the mustache.  I rolled the clay out flat and thin and used a butter knife to cut out the shape I wanted.  After baking and cooling, I used E6000 to glue them to the clay rings.
Have fun and enjoy!