By General Crafts Contributor Amy from the Etsy Shop DangerousRainboCraft.
The colder it gets, the more we crochet for ourselves and our loved ones. Sometimes my hands get stiff and tired from holding my hooks, especially the smaller sizes. What better way to add some thickness and comfort by bulking up your handles with some colorful polymer clay? Make a set for yourself or a loved one.
What you need:
- polymer clay (I used Sculpey III) in your choice of colors
- aluminum crochet hooks (not the plastic kind, they will melt)
- hobby blade
- clay roller or glass jar
- optional: clay mat or other clay work surface
Start out by choosing 3 or more colors of clay. Next roll them into individual canes.
Take all your canes and twist them together.
Fold your work in half and twist again. Repeat this process till the colors are blended and marbled to the look you want. Then roll your clay into a smooth oval shape.
Use a clay roller or glass jar to roll out your clay to the thickness needed for the hook you want to cover. Smaller hook sizes will need more clay while larger ones will need less. My sheet of clay was about 3 inches wide.
Lay your hook on the sheet of clay so it meets but wont cover the thumb rest. Trim the clay about 1/4 inch from the end of the hook. Wrap your clay around your hook. If needed trim off excess clay with a hobby blade.
Flatten your hand and use just your fingers to roll your work back and fourth till in is smooth. Smooth and shape the end with your finger tips. Bake as directed. I used Sculpey III which bakes at 275 and baked mine for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let them cool before use. My end result was a handle that is about the thickness of an N sized hook.
Enjoy your new thickened crochet hook!
Experiment with different colors and patterns to tailor your hooks to your own personal style.