Elvish Leaf Pin

No Lord of the Rings party is complete without the Fellowship leaf pin. For those who are not die-hard LOTR fans, this is the pin that all eight of Frodo’s companions wear on the quest to destroy THE ring.

I hated the idea of paying over $3 per guest on the pins alone, so I made them instead. It came out to be approximately 30¢ per pin to make.


Materials

  • Green Polymer Clay
  • Clay Satin Glaze
  • Hot Glue Gun and Sticks
  • Silver Paint
  • Needle or Toothpick
  • Paint Brush
  • Oven
  • Brooch Pin
  • 2 1/2 inch Heart Cookie Cutter
  • 1 1/2 cm Circle Cookie Cutter
  • Knife (something that cuts straight – razor blade, old credit card, old CD)

Step 1: Roll green clay out flat. About 1/4 inch thick. I used my clay press set on 7.

 

Step 2: Cut two hearts out and discard trimmings.1-IMG_5555-001

Step 3: Cut both hearts in half. Discard one of the halves. (You only need three halves)

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Step 4: Round the edge of one of the halves.

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Step 5: Using the point of the heart cookie cutter, place it on the halved heart 3 cm from the bottom and discard the inner part. Do this to two pieces. (The remaining portion should look like an arrow tip.)

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Step 6: Place the “arrow tip” at the rounded part of the remaining half. See image below. Leave one of the tips pointing up.

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Step 7: Cut off the part that is pointing up.

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Step 8: Repeat Step 6 and 7 for the other side.

Step 9: Blend the three pieces together. This will create your leaf.

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Step 10: Carefully flip leaf over and blend pieces together on this side. This will make the piece more secure and will lessen the likelihood of it breaking.

Step 11: Flip back to the front. Using the circle cutter, cut a half circle in the bottom of the leaf.

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Step 12: Using a needle/toothpick, draw middle veins down the three pieces of the leaf.

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Step 13: Use a needle to create the smaller veins of the leaf. (I used the metal brush tool in the set here.)

 

Step 14: Create slight curves in the leaf to give a more realistic appearance.     Step 15: Bake clay according to instructions on package.

Step 16: After the clay has cooled, paint edges with silver paint. Let dry.

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Step 17: Cover top of leaf with clay satin glaze. Let dry.

Step 18: Flip to back, glue brooch pin to the back of the leaf using hot glue.

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Here is the finished product:

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Hello, I’m Aleisha. I have always been interested in the crafting world. Growing up I would often find myself in my grandma’s sewing room or in my mom’s craft room “helping” with whatever task they would give me. As an adult, my love for crafting turned into a degree in Event Planning, where entertaining and crafting collide. When I am not crafting or entertaining, I am spending as much time as I can get with my husband and two sons. I am also a complete Disney Junkie!

About Aleisha Harmon

Hello, I'm Aleisha. I have always been interested in the crafting world. Growing up I would often find myself in my grandma's sewing room or in my mom's craft room "helping" with whatever task they would give me. As an adult, my love for crafting turned into a degree in Event Planning, where entertaining and crafting collide. When I am not crafting or entertaining, I am spending as much time as I can get with my husband and two sons. I am also a complete Disney Junkie!

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