Since about July, I've been OBSESSED with making little polymer clay animal head earrings and pins. I love them. My first love is definitely sculpting, and each earring is like a mini sculpture. To easily replicate them, I've been making push molds. It's so fun. I'm on my third box of Easy Mold Silicon Putty: https://www.currys.com/catalogpc.htm?Category=EASY_MOLD_PUTTY&NBReset=3
This stuff is awesome. Non toxic, flexible, just a wee bit expensive. Anyhow, I took progress photos the last time I did a new design. I live in a place called Buckhorn, so of course I HAD to make a buck pin.
First I started with a little toy fawn. I picked this up at my local TSC store (unless you're a Canadian living in a rural area, you've probably never heard of TSC stores... so this info might not be helpful...)
I used the silicon putty to make a mold of the toy's head.
I pushed polymer clay into the mold to make a casting that I could work from.
For my buck, I thought the ears were too big and I wanted a different neck, so I chopped these parts off of my casting.
I sculpted new ears, a buck's antlers, and a nice symmetrical neck for my pin.
I made a new mold of the altered piece. Oh la la!
Here's a casting of the final mold. I've trimmed off the excess clay. Loving how it looks at this stage.
Paint. The painting of this guy was a labour of love. I reference some online photos of bucks so that I could get it as true-to-life as possible.
The last step was to glue on a clutch back pin blank. I used Gorilla super-glue. It's amazing stuff - and great value compared to other super glues.
This is the finished dude! I'm so proud of him, I think he's such a handsome little dude.