DIY Textured Roller for Clay Tutorial from Pottery Blog: Emily Murphy here. These are made using PVC pipe, empty tape rolls, Dollar Store rolling pins - anything round and then glue from a hot glue gun. You could use mini ones gently for polymer clay. First seen at Dollar Store Crafts here.
Instructions because all the photos have disappeared on this post on her blog.
Draw your pattern onto the rolling pin. It’s easier to work out the pattern before with a Sharpie than it is later with the hot glue. Think about some sort of connected pattern, they tend to have the best results. And don’t go overboard with the lines, you’ll regret it later. And remember that the hot glue line aren’t going to be perfect, so just go with the imperfection.
While you’re drawing, plug in your hot glue gun. Make sure that you do it on a surface that you can toss when done, like newspaper or cardboard. When you’re done drawing on your design, start gluing. Be a bit heavy handed with the glue. If the lines are too thin, they won’t show up on the clay as well.
After the glue seems cool, start rolling away… The first attempt might stick a bit, but after there is some dusty clay on the roller, it won’t really stick.
One of the people commenting wrote:
Having trouble laying down the glue on the roller, I cut wall paper to the exact dimensions of the roller.I laid the paper out flat, transferred a design to the paper, laid down the glue,and then wrapped the paper around the roller.I t was much easier for me to work on a flat surface. This way I can print out designs and then transfer them to the flat paper. This gives me much more control of the glue gun resulting in a neater design(s).