Polymer Clay Father’s Day Keychain Tutorial

Polymer Clay Father's Day Keychain

This tutorial covers incorporating an image into a polymer clay keychain, making great personal gifts.  Total time is about 45 minutes.  The project is easy and perfect for those new to the world of polymer clay.


  • Polymer clay
  • Translucent liquid sculpey and dedicated paintbrush
  • Cookie cutters
  • Heat gun
  • clay blade
  • texture stamps
  • graphic image printed on glossy paper
  • Mica powders (pearl ex or perfect pearls)
  • Clear acrylic sealer or other finish
  • Keychain fob and pendant bail
  • E6000 Craft Glue
  • craft dedicated toaster oven or conventional oven


  • Cut out your graphic images, leave a 1/8 inch border
  • Lay the image face down on a tile and paint a thin layer TLS on the back
  • Cure the TLS with your heat gun; hold the gun 3-4 inches away from the TLS covered image (it is much hotter than the temp needed to cure the clay, so you don’t want to be right up on the clay or it will burn); Do this for about 1-2 minutes, then flip the image over and repeat on the other side.

Cut out graphic images

  • Now your images are protected and your are read to put them in your clay frame.  Cut a circle larger than your image from a sheet of conditioned clay.  I used black on a setting of 2 (relatively thick).
  • Place a thin layer of TLS on the raw clay and lay your image face up

TLS on Polymer Clay for Image Adhesion

  • Now use the same cookie cutter, cut another circle from the same sheet of clay, then with a smaller circle, cut out a hole in the middle for your picture…

Cut frame for your image from polymer clay

  • Place the “donut” on top, being careful not to stretch it during handling.  Adding texture with a stamp will hide the seam and any fingerprints or dings.  Add texture to clay with stamp
  • I applied gold pearl ex powder, which looks snazzy with black clay.  Bake at 275º for 20 minutes
  • Once cool, sand and buff to your liking and seal (I use Krylon Clear Coat)
  • Add pendant bail with E6000 Glue and hook to keychain fob

Finished Polymer Clay Photo Keychain

Polymer clay keychain


You are certainly not limited to photographs.  I used this same process to make this custom order lighthouse pendant.

Polymer Clay Lighthouse Pendant

What projects have you done using Translucent Liquid Sculpey 2oz Bottle?

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