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« on: January 18, 2007 04:15:02 PM »

My new digital camera needed a fun case, so I made a big sister for my elephant MP3 cover! 

Here she is:

I added an interior pocket to hold my extra battery:

The only thing that would make it perfect would be if I could find a button shaped like a peanut.  I have been Googling all afternoon with no luck.  I'd like to have the fastner be the elephant's trunk wrapped around a peanut.

**Update** Scatter Kincaid and I did a personal swap and she made me the perfect little polymer clay peanut buttons.  I really think they complete the elephant perfectly.
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2007 04:49:49 PM »

omg that is sooo cute.  Smiley Great job!!!
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2007 04:52:56 PM »


You could always make a fimo or sculpey peanut!  I don't think it'd be that hard...

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2007 04:54:29 PM »

That is so cute! using a peanut as the fastener is such a cute idea hope you find a peanut button.

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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2007 09:42:33 PM »

Adorable!  Maybe you could make the button out of clay?


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« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2007 09:31:27 AM »

That really is adorable!  And a peanut toggle button would be a really great addition too. 

I don't know if there are any exact lessons for making a peanut with polymer clay online, but there are various ways it could be done:

If you want just a simple replication, you could make a round ball from peanut colored clay**, then roll it to lengthen it a bit.  Then put it on a flat or textured surface, and roll over the middle section (back and forth like sawing) with the handle of a paintbrush, or a knitting needle, etc. to create the “waist” … you could kind of twist one half to one direction if you wanted to make it more realistic.

**perhaps Premo’s Beige, or FimoClassic’s Champagne or Ochre… or any of the browns lightened with white

For a little more complicated way, you could make two small oval balls from tightly-scrunched aluminum foil (or even polymer clay, then bake them).  Then cover them with a layer of peanut-colored polymer clay (could even glue them together in this configuration before covering:
http://www.irteb.com/herbal/images/peanut.gif )

You could texture the raw clay peanut with a tool of some kind (like maybe a grid of impressed rectangles, made by cutting down a pencil eraser into a rectangle), or make a “texture mold” from polymer clay using a sheet of plastic canvas. 
Or you could just texture with anything rough for a general simulation, or not texture at all.
(if you want to “antique” the texture to make it stand out more, rub on a bit of brown-ish acrylic paint getting it down into all the crevices, then wipe it off of all the top surfaces with a paper towel, etc.)
Or you could just draw on the “grid” texture lines with a fine paintbrush and some light brown acrylic paint, I guess.

If if wouldn’t be too big, you could also I suppose “cover” a real peanut with clay instead. 
Most foods do fine under polymer clay as long as a big enough hole is left for the moisture to escape… or even better, take the peanuts out of the shell, then glue the shell back together and use that for covering (then no hole necessary).

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2007 09:47:26 AM »

Wow, Diane B, thanks for those detailed instructions!  I have not worked with clay before but I might give it a try.  Or maybe I can find someone with more clay experience who wants to swap...

Thanks for the complements on my elephant everyone! 

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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2007 09:36:22 AM »

ohhhh...what a pretty little button;)

the case looks great!  fantastic work!

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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2007 11:04:52 PM »

Love the added peanut.  Wink

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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2007 09:50:35 PM »

This is so adorable... and may be needed to be adapted to be an ipod cozy!
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