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« on: January 23, 2014 06:43:18 PM »

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.
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2014 08:54:13 PM »

He is quite wonderful. Here in Tennessee we have Tractor Supply which has those tiny animal figures. I think our Hobby Lobby also carries a variety of little animals in their kid craft section. As do our Dollar Stores, again the kiddie eisles...or where they keep the party supplies.

I worked with an artist in Florida {I was the seamstress} and he did sculpting and moulding similar to what you have created. His were dremmel tool people, though. So they needed clothes.  Cheesy But he used a similar mould process. For the various body parts. Super heros.

Very interesting project. I like how it turned out. I would definately wear them.  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2014 03:16:36 AM »

That is so cool! Your buck looks fantastic! ^___^
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2014 04:36:16 AM »

He is a very handsome little dude - I love the colouration you gave him.
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2014 09:22:31 AM »

Very cool!  You could so make brooches too!
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2014 10:26:05 AM »

Thanks everybody for the encouraging feedback!  Trekky, I totally wear this as a brooch!
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2014 10:29:49 AM »

Very life-like buck and cute too!
I like how you made molds and explain how to do it ourselves. I have always wanted to try but the price of the silicon putty stopped me. Now that I see what you did, I'm even more tempted.
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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2014 05:00:01 PM »

Very life-like buck and cute too!
I like how you made molds and explain how to do it ourselves. I have always wanted to try but the price of the silicon putty stopped me. Now that I see what you did, I'm even more tempted.

The silicon putty IS expensive, but if you start off making small things, you can get quite a few molds out of one pack.  It's also really easy to use, non toxic, and captures lots of detail, and you only have to wait 20 min before you can use your mold - so I say you should go for it! 
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2014 01:13:54 PM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2014 08:32:52 PM »

Holy S***balls. That is amazing. That is not what I was expecting at all. You are like, super awesome.
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