The other day I saw a post here that inspired me. The post is about improving your crochet by having the right crochet hook. I have been crocheting forever, making chains on my fingers when I was a little kid. I haven’t thought about the hooks I use improving my crochet. The problem is I don’t have the money to spend on new crochet hooks but I got an idea. I could make the hooks I have better for me. The metal hooks are fine but I could use a better grip, plus I have been working on a crochet mermaid blanket for a year. I really need to finish it for my daughter and maybe this will help.
I decided to wrap a crochet hook in polymer clay and mold it to my grip. Guess what? It works wonderfully and one package of clay will probably do about three hooks maybe four. It is a much cheaper way to go than buying new hooks.
I bought Halloween colors of clay recently and instead of buying more I used them for my hook. Using about a quarter from each package, I conditioned the clay first.
Then using my dedicated clay pasta machine I ran each color through to make them flat.
I then put them together and rolled them through again.
I folded the ribbon of clay a couple of times.
One more roll through and I was happy with how it looked.
Time to cut it down.
And roll the hook into the clay.
Once the hook was encased in clay I cut off the excess. Then I smoothed the clay at the top and bottom.
I then held the hook how I would if I were crocheting and put pressure where my thumb and fingers grip it.
It doesn’t look great but it fits my hand perfectly. The clay gives the hook a bit more weight which feels better too.
To prevent the clay from flattening on the tile when I baked it, I used polyester fiberfill to cushion it. I baked it according to the instructions on the packaging. After baking, I let it completely cool.
It works great and I think I’ll be able to finish this mermaid blanket soon. You can find me as deedle89 on Ravelry.
I will be linking up with these parties.