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How To Make A Sculpey Polymer Clay Ice Cream Cone Pen

Clay Ice Cream Cone Pen

If you’ve ever spent any time with tweens and teens, you know they love unique writing utensils. Making polymer clay ice cream cone pens has always been a fan favorite project in my art class. The kids have so much fun crafting their very own ice cream cone pen with Sculpey polymer clay! 

In this blog post, you’ll learn exactly how to make a DIY polymer clay ice cream cone pen with an easy, step-by-step tutorial. Use it to take notes, do homework, or give it as a fun and unique handmade gift!

What’s the best clay to use for a DIY clay ice cream cone pen?

My absolute favorite clay to use for ice cream cone pens is Sculpey polymer clay. Sculpey clay is a breeze to work with. It’s super pliable, so you can shape it just right, and it bakes up strong, ensuring your handmade pen will last through countless hours of homework. Plus, the range of colors means you can easily adapt this tutorial to fit your style.

What you’ll need to make a Sculpey ice cream cone pen

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How to make a DIY clay ice cream cone pen

Before starting, wipe down your work area (baby wipes work great) and make sure you have clean hands to avoid getting dirt or debris in your clay. It’s best to work on ceramic surfaces or a clay mat.

1. Remove the ink from the pen canister. Grab the tip of the pen and pull to separate it. You should be able to grab it with your fingertips, but if you have trouble, use a pair of pliers. 

2. Make the cone for the ice cream by rolling some white (about the size of a gumball) and mix in a small amount of brown to make a tan. Keep adding very small amounts of brown until you are happy with the color of the ice cream cone.

3. Take the white, the brown and the pink and shape the clay into three more balls. They can be a little bit bigger than the size of a gumball. Once complete, set aside.

Shape clay into a ball and set aside

4. Take your freshly mixed tan and roll it out on the clay tile work surface. Use the acrylic roller until it has the thickness of a quarter.

5. Lay the pen canister on top of the tan colored clay.

Lay the pen on top of the clay

6. Use a toothpick to trim the excess clay so that it does not cover the pen opening.

7. Gently roll the clay onto the pen to form a cone shape. Use your popsicle stick to push the clay down from the top. This will make the top of the clay thicker and begin to form a cone shape. Repeat as needed.

Push the clay down into a cone shape

8. Take white, brown and pink clay balls. Make a wide hole in them using your toothpick. The hole should be the width of the pen.

9. One at a time, push the three colored clay balls onto the top of the ice cream cone. You can decide the order. Once each color is on the pen, squeeze it to ensure it sticks to the empty ink canister.

10. Use a clay tool or other household items to sculpt each scoop of ice cream until it looks like the shape of an ice cream scoop. A great way to get the realistic texture of ice cream is with a ball of aluminum foil.

Use foil to texture to the ice cream scoops

11. Add a crisscross pattern to the cone with a toothpick or a popsicle stick.

Use foil to texture to the ice cream scoops

12. Take a very small ball of red and place the cherry on top of the cone.

13. Line a baking sheet with disposable foil or other oven-proof surface and place finished ice cream cone onto the baking sheet. For the best baking results, bake at 225 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Baking times vary per oven, but be sure not to raise the temperature – burnt clay has an awful smell! Use an oven thermometer to be sure the temp is right.

14. Let cool and then place the ink back inside the pen. Enjoy!!

Finished Sculpey clay ice cream cone pen

Tips & tricks for working with Sculpey polymer clay

  • You can clean up Sculpey using a baby wipe or any household cleaners.
  • Sculpey does not dry out. 
  • Store extra clay in aluminum foil or a Ziploc bag. Do not store in an acrylic container. 

FAQs about clay ice cream cone pens

Can I use air dry clay to make an ice cream cone pen?

Absolutely, you can give air dry clay a try for your ice cream cone pen. It’s a fun alternative to polymer clay and doesn’t require baking. Just keep in mind that air dry clay tends to be a bit more delicate than polymer clay once it dries, so handle your ice cream cone pen.

Can I use a microwave oven with Sculpey polymer clay?

No, Sculpey polymer clay can not be used with a microwave oven. For best results bake clay in a conventional oven. I recommend also getting an oven thermometer to make sure the temperature is just right!

What’s the best way to seal and protect my clay ice cream cone pen?

After baking, you can use a clear sealant or varnish to protect your clay ice cream cone pen from wear and tear. This step also gives it a lovely glossy finish. Simply follow the instructions on your chosen sealant product for the best results.

Want to do more polymer clay projects? Check out these posts!