How to Make a Yin Yang in Polymer Clay

by Ann Johnson
The round yin yang symbol is typially in black and white.

The round yin yang symbol is typially in black and white.

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Yin yang is a concept in Chinese philosophy, involving the notion of contrary yet complementary forces. The imagery in a yin yang symbol illustrates the polar opposites, one light, the other dark, identical in shape yet each pushing in opposite directions. Make your own yin yang symbol using polymer clay. Craft stores typically sell the clay in 2-oz.packages. Instead of firing the finished product in a kiln, you use the oven.

Items you will need

  • 1 package of light colored polymer clay, 2 oz.
  • 1 package of dark colored polymer clay, 2 oz.
  • Small cookie sheet
  • Plastic container
Step 1

Preheat the oven according to the directions provided with the polymer clay.

Step 2

Divide each package of polymer clay in half.

Step 3

Roll one of the light pieces of clay into a ball. Do the same with one of the dark pieces.

Step 4

Roll one of the balls in your hand to create a point on one end of the round clay ball. Shape the ball to resemble a teardrop. Flatten it with the palm of your hand and shape it to resemble a paisley design or amoeba. Repeat with the second ball. It should match the first shape.

Step 5

Fit the two shapes together to create the yin yang symbol. Use your fingertips to fuse the two pieces by pressing and crimping the adjacent edges.

Step 6

Shape the outer edge of the yin yang so that it is round.

Step 7

Pull off a tiny piece of the surplus dark clay, just enough to roll it between your thumb and index finger. Roll this piece to make a small ball.

Step 8

Press the tiny dark clay ball into the center of the light half of the yin yang, positioning it in the middle of its widest part.

Step 9

Pull off a tiny piece of the surplus light clay, as you did in the previous step. Roll this in a ball and press it into the center of the widest part of the dark half of the yin yang.

Step 10

Place the finished piece on the cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the oven. Follow the instructions on the clay package for heating time and temperature. Usually this is about 275 degrees F for about 15 minutes.

Step 11

Place the surplus clay in a plastic container and set it aside for another project.


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