Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Crochet Hook Handles

Want a more gratifying solution and a better ergonomic crochet hook handle for yourself? Awhile back a friend, Liz, posted about a tutorial to make do-it-yourself crochet hook handles made with polymer clay. I had some polymer clay lying around and had to give it a go!

Steven's Granny's Crochet HooksImage by Jenimartian via Flickr

In pretty much any craft store you can find the crochet hook aisle. Down that aisle you will find various crochet hooks hanging and some of them have handles on them. Some are made of bamboo and some are made with a soft pliable plastic. If you have seen them, you probably have noticed they are more expensive then plain hooks.

What you need:

  • Polymer clay
  • Crochet hooks
  • Convectional Oven

Here is a link to the tutorial video!

I tried a few different methods of mixing the clay together. I had four colors to work with; teal, violet, pink and green.

Swirly Design

  1. First, take two or more colors and roll them together in a ball between your palms.
  2. Now roll out the clay like a hot dog in your hands. After you do that, start from the top and start twisting the clay into a spiral down the hot dog shape.
  3. Roll the hot dog shape in your hands again to smooth it out.
  4. Repeat the spiral as many times as needed to achieve the amount of swirls you want. It only took one or two times for the ones I used.
Spiral Handle
  1. Take two or more colors and roll them together in the palm of your hands.
  2. Roll the clay into a hot dog shape between your palms.
  3. Start at the top of the shape and start twisting slowly, while at the same time slightly compressing the shape as you continue downward to the bottom.
  4. Lightly roll the shape on a flat surface to give it shine but not too much for it will take away the spirals.

Abstract Swirl

  1. After achieving the swirly design in the directions above, you can add an abstract spiral to the handle.
  2. Taking a piece of clay, begin to lengthen it by rolling it in your hands until it is noodle like and the desired length. 
  3. Wrap the noodle around your already made handle for desired look. Make sure to secure the noodle at the top of the handle by wrapping it around the handle top and pressing it together where it overlaps.
I made the handles for the smaller hooks a little bigger than the average hooks. For me it feels better while holding them in my hands.
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  1. I am loving your handles! Did you use a sealer on them or no? I tried and it made my handles sticky :S

  2. I didn't use a sealer on them. I'm sorry it made yours sticky! Any idea on how to get it off?


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