DIY Geometric Paperweight
Hi! This is Randi from Swoon with an easy way to make a chic paperweight for your home office.
I love the geometric details I see popping up everywhere lately! It's refreshing to see minimalism infuse itself into everyday life. I was recently inspired by a geometric gem I saw on a necklace and decided a version of it would look fabulous sitting on my desk. All you need to make your own geometric paperweight is oven-bake (polymer) clay and a clay knife/razor blade. Both are easily available at your local craft or art supply.
Step One: Take your clay out of the package and warm it up by kneading it with your hands for 5 minutes, or until soft and pliable.
Step Two: Form a cube shape with your clay. Tip: press sides of cube against your work surface to flatten out.
Step Three: Get out your clay knife or razor blade and (carefully!) began to cut various corners of your cube. Keep cutting until you're satisfied with the look. Tip: To get a smooth cut, it works best to cut straight through your clay with firm pressure instead of sawing with your blade. If you don't like the direction your shape is heading, you can always knead it back into a cube and start over.
Step Four: Bake clay according to package instructions. Most clay should be baked at 275 degrees for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch of thickness. My paperweights were pretty thick, so I baked them for about an hour and a half total. After baking, let clay cool and you have yourself a new paperweight!