Monday, March 25, 2013

Halloween Cookies using Hole Punches from Walmart

You may remember these hole punches that I bought a while back.  I found them for $1 each in the craft aisle at Walmart.  I have been wanting to make some polymer clay cookies for a long time now so I finally got around to trying these out.

The polymer clay colors that I used were a dark chocolate brown, reddish-orange, and an off-white.  I worked tiny bits of clay together into a ball until I had the right cookie color that I wanted.

I found a tutorial video where the clay was rolled out to almost paper thin.  You can either use a hair dryer, microwave, or a regular oven to make the clay hard.  There are usually instructions included with the clay.  Here are some tips from Sculpey's website

 Punching the cookies out is not as easy as you would think.  If you've made the pieces too thick then you can't cut through them and if they are too thin then the cookies will break into tiny pieces.  It took quite a few tries to get this many cut out.

The trick that I found was to use Translucent Liquid Sculpey in order to make icing for the cookies.  Most of the tutorials that I found said to use oil based paints to make the colors, but to be honest I didn't have much luck with them.  I used the regular acrylic paints that I already had an had a better result.  I couldn't find a brush small enough to paint with so I thought a toothpick would work.  Only I couldn't find any so I ended up using these paper umbrella toothpicks that are for cocktails, lol!

 Here are my resulting cookies on some tiny tea plates with a quarter to show the scale.  I didn't think they were too bad for a first try.

I thought I would leave you with a nice layout pic.  The doilies are cut from those cute little tissue paper ones that come out around Valentine's day and the pumpkins are of course putka pods.  I'm hoping that Walmart will have a tiny gingerbread shaped hole punch around the holidays because I'd like to try making a skeleton cookie.  I think I could do black icing and then use a toothpick to put tiny white bones for the rib cage, arms, and legs, etc.

Happy Monday everyone!


Lisa Marie said...

Oh did you cook them before punching? That did not occur to me. I punched them and then cooked,but lost a frw due to "misshapeness". I wonder if we partial cooked, punched, then cooked again? Hmm. I use oils paint to color the TLS. That works well for icing also.

FabShabbyRoses said...

These little punches are a lot of fun! I've used them for various things too! I absolutely love how well your frosting turned out! You did a great job getting it right to the edge! Perfect! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Carolyn

beyondbaffled said...

Thank you Lisa - I did cook them before punching. I used the recommendations on the Sculpey website and baked them first. I tried punching them before they were baked and like you said they all came out misshapen.
Thanks as well Carolyn. The "toothpicks" worked perfectly for getting the paint just to the edges like a real sugar cookie. I'll experiment more later. I'm thinking there has to be some sort of glitter than I can use to make it look like sprinkles.
- Jess

Kim said...

ahhh- I wondered how you could punch the clay and still keep the shape- never occured to me to partially cure them! Thank you for that info- now I will try this out again and hopefully have better results :) They look fantastic Jessie- I love them!

beyondbaffled said...

Thanks Kim!