Each of my hairsticks has a wooden dowel base made of either pine, poplar, cherry, or walnut that is sanded to a rounded point. The hairstick is then tipped with stones or beads held in place by polymer clay, then adorned with leaves and vines hand-sculpted from polymer. Metallic hairsticks are made with black clay, and then enhanced with mica powder pressed into the clay before baking. Colored items are made from different colored clays, and then darkened after baking with acrylics to emphasize the three-dimensionality and to give the item an aged look. Hairsticks are great for everyday use or for a unique gift.