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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Tutorial: clay penguins!

my friend amy over at the Relentless Bride offers free giveaways and prizes, and she graciously allowed me to participate! as a friend suggested i do a tutorial on my clay, i decided to take some pictures of the creation process of these two little guys..  take a look :)


this is the clay i normally use. sculpey or Fimo, both are very similar in texture. actually i think i'm a bit partial to fimo now. :)   they are very soft and easy to work with. i'd say the only complaint is that sometimes the colored clay gets all over your hands and kinda stains your hands/clothes.




so i used the blue clay and shaped them into the penguin bodies... and i baked them at 230 degrees for 30 min as the fimo clay directions say to do.



then i took my paint (i buy at michael's) and did a first coat for the front of the penguins



this is what it looks like. i think you need to do 2+ coats when using this type of paint if you want it to look more opaque.



I also took some clay in order to create the feet and beaks.  after i bake them, i'll need to paint them yellow (i didn't have yellow clay)...




also, this is how i made some flowers for the bouquet and the one in the girl penguin's 'hair'

here is a close up of the unpainted feet, a pair of wings, and the bouquet the girl will be holding..





here are the pieces i've baked and painted.. the bowtie for the male penguin, the feet painted yellow a few coats, and i went over the white a few more times, probably 4 coats of white paint for the penguin's bodies!


i'm gluing the pieces on w/ krazy glue! slowly but surely it is coming together :)

i used black paint and toothpics to do the eyes. it's pretty easy to mess up the eyes =T!!! sometimes i redo them multiple times. this one wasn't too bad.   almost done!! just need to glue on the bowtie.......



and then glaze!  i think i did 4 coats....i use sculpey Air Drying glaze...



   




tada!!!!!!!!!!!!!


7 comments:

  1. What a great tutorial and you make it look so easy!

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  2. these are so adorable! the bowtie and the flowers are a great touch, and everything is so nicely color-coordinated :)

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  3. thanks!

    @chic'ncheapliving: thank you! i might even be making a video to show how to shape the clays!

    @shinae this was homage to your wedding actually! :D orange, blue and green!!! :)

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  4. I love these! Where did you buy the wooden bit on the bottom and what are they called so I can google them :-) I would love something like this for my budget wedding! thanks

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  5. Thanks!! got them at michael's in the unfinished wood section. you can also find them at joann's, they are around $0.50-1.25 depending on shape and size :)

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  6. Thanks for a great tutorial :)

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  7. you're welcome! if you've made some of your own, i'd love to see them! :)

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