If you have a budding knitter in your home then this is a handwork for you, beautiful bright home-crafted knitting needles. These are a lovely gift for someone and only take an afternoon to make.
What do I need?:
Dowel – approx cost: $1.80. We started by going to our local hardware store to buy a piece of dowel and asked for them to cut it into 25-30cm equal lengths. We got six lengths from one dowel rod that made three sets. Choose whatever thickness appeals to you. We got two thicknesses, close to a size 8 & 10 needle. The shorter, thicker needles are easier for little hands.
Sandpaper – approx cost: $2. One sheet of light to medium weight.
Beeswax or beeswax natural polish. – approx cost:$8 for a new pot (this would do many pieces of furniture) or free if you have some lying around.
Sculpting Polymer Clay – approx cost: $8-$25. We used Fimo but there are other brands such as Sculpty.
Wool Fleece – for wet felting into balls – only the smallest amount is needed.
Hot Glue gun or Super Glue – if you would like to make sure the ends stay put permanently.
Step one: Sharpen in your everyday pencil sharpener.
Step two: Sand dowel until completely smooth. This doesn’t take very long.
Step three: Polish beeswax onto dowel with a cotton rag and let sit until touch dry.
Step four: Form ends by playing with polymer clay. This is so much fun. We had a pasta maker we used to condition our clay by rolling it through, folding it over on itself and rolling through again over and over at least twenty times. This prevents cracking later on. Create whatever you want but keep it small so as not to be to weighty. We made colourful balls and toadstool ends for our needles. Push the end of the dowel into your form (this makes the point for it to adhere later). We then laid on baking tray on baking paper that had been folded (to prevent movement) and baked for 30 minutes in a 110 degree celsius oven. Let cool.
Step five: Glue ends on and leave to set.
Wha-La! Beautiful handcrafted knitting needles.