Helloo everyone ^_^
Sorry, im in a good mood because I finally finished making a pirates of the caribbean medallion (from the first movie)
I found a good photo of the medallion and copied it.
I modelled it with cheap 30c playdough then painted a base colour in acrylic, and painted gold with an interior 'leafing' paint. Ermm its almost gaudy, but I love it
Tis sideways but oh well. To give an idea of size
Ok, this may be confusing but i'll try. and i cant get pics up atm so it may be even more confusing =/ honestly i make up what i do alot of the time.
I just used cheap crappy playdough from one of those cheap stores. Make sure you have a large, clean flat surface to work on.
First make a ball - lots of smooth rolling in palms and on a flat surface. As it gets flatter, hold it like a burger (lol) and gently press the middle flat and smooth the sides with your fingers. Some water may help with that, but NOT TOO MUCH. I'm talking like a drop here.
Slapping it on a table (like you would with clay) can help to make the faces of the disc flat and even.
You may want to put in a jewellery fitting at the top of the medallion at this point so that you can hang it, as it will avoid ruining part of your work later, and having to redo it again *cough cough*. Really it's your choice. I have added instructions at the end on how i made my wire piece.
To make the lines and basic shapes i squeezed the dough through a small plastic strainer. The strings were rectangular but that doesn't matter, unless you're making a medallion like 30cm wide =P. These will dry out fairly quickly. I don't recommend using water with them though.
I used the strings to make the circular parts, the arrows, and basically all the thing that can be made from a string of playdough. It's ok to mark things out with a pencil on the dry dough, if you're going to paint it.
When you stick the bits onto the disc, use something small and pointy like a sharpened pencil or a darning needle to press the edges onto the disc and kind of blend them into each other and the surface of the disc (man i hope that makes sense).
With the harder shapes like the little people near the bottom of the skull, i cut a vague shape out of a really really flat piece of dough, then stuck it in place and used my pencil/needle to press the edges and at the same time mould the right shape.
With the skull, i drew it on in pencil then used little bits to gradually fill it in, still using the pencil/needle to blend edges and mould the shape.
If any bits come off after they have dried, tiny bits of fresh playdough are your friend. Blend them into the cracks using a rolling action with a needle, and they'll stick.
Ok, now you need to add a wire piece at the top so the medallion can be hung. You may be able to use a kind of screw-in eyepin kind of thing, but it probably won't hold.
Use a piece of wire that is about the size of the diameter of the medallion. Fold it in half, and use 2 pairs of pliers to twist at the folded end. If you don't use 2 pairs you'll butcher your hands.
Keep twisting until the wire is tightly twisted into a rope.
Use Round-nosed pliers to make a loop with the twisted wire, and twist the short ends together to make an eyepin shaped piece.
GENTLY screw this into the top of the medallion - make sure it's the top =P. You might have to make some..adjustments at the back to make space for the wire. Once it's fitted in snugly, get another piece of wire about twice the diameter of the medallion. Wrap tightly around the bottom of the loop (or the neck) where it fits into the playdough, making sure there are fairly even lengths of wire at either side. Only wrap about 2-3 times or it will become bulky.
With the lengths of wire left, carefully bring them over the edge so that they are sitting flush against the back of the disc. Try and make them sit evenly against the back and spread them a fair length down the disc. Glue these in place. Don't worry too much about making it perfectly flat, but flat is still good. (lol uhh..ok). I used craft glue for this.
Next, measure a thin disc that is the same size or slightly smaller than the medallion. This will go on the back, over the wire. Use the pencil/needle to blend the edges.
Your medallion will probably look a little scrappy - use a small brush and water to gently smooth out the bumps or scrappily blended areas. You can also remove some dough if needed, once it has been moistened.
Painting the whole medallion with water will make it much nicer, and using your finger and water to rub the back in a circular motion will make it smooth.
To paint, i again used cheap acrylic. Just make sure all the nooks and crannies are filled in.
I used a metallic paint that is meant for interior decoration, called 'brush & leaf'. It smells pretty shocking =/ lol
Just paint and let dry and away you go! Savvy?