Here is my new toy, my first ipod.
Here is pinky.
She is soooooo thin, and scratches easy.http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k204/beadizzygrl/PolyPimpedIpod007.jpg
I left large hole for the many different ear bud plugs.
I have it lined with black felt. Fits so snug that I did not add anything to hold her in. I flip her around to recharge. Of course I had to make the matching beads too
And YES I did bake it felt and all. I made an aluminum foil form, I would not dare bake pinky!!IPOD CASE TUTORIAL
1/4 to 1/2 block Kato polymer clay
cardboard/paper for stencils
Mica pigment powders
small cookie cutter (for even size beads)
rat tail (or string of choice)
figure 8 jewelry findings
Split rings (small sized key rings)
ribbon ends (bend over and smash connectors)
future floor polish
I first used see thru paper right over my ipod and trace around window openings and ipod. Trace another piece for back. (The paper stencils are for your felt.)
Lay down your paper stencils on pieces of cardboard, and trace around slightly larger on sides and bottom. (The cardboard stencils are for polyclay.)
Cut from paper and cardboard the smaller side pieces and bottom, leave empty the area for ear bud plug. Paper (felt stencil) 1/8 inch wide. Cardboard (clay stencil) 1/4 inch wide. hint: Save your circle and square cut outs, easier to cut felt AROUND, instead of IN (IMO)
Cut out felt from paper stencils.
Take a long piece of aluminum foil (couple arm lengths) Fold in half, fold in half again. Start folding rolling on one end. Use sissors if needed to get the accurate height.
Lay down paper stencil and trace circle and square openings with sharpie onto foil. Place toothpick where hole should be.
Check your thickness with your ipod.
Condition clay, run thru pasta machine one down from thickest setting. Move up to thickest setting. Mist texture sheet with water. Roll clay and texture sheet together thru PM.
Lay down your cardboard stencils and cut around using tissue blade and craft knife.
Dab pieces with mica pigment powders here and there, I used 4 colors.http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k204/beadizzygrl/ipod_poly_case_tutorial008.jpg
Flip your pieces over, squeeze liquid sculpey like so....
Lay down felt, smooth and lightly press so the liquid sculpey takes hold.
Place in figure 8 findings on inside top side pieces, use scrap clay on top of bottom hole. More liquid sculpey between clay and felt.
Apply liquid sculpey generously to all joining edges.
Carefully place each side piece around bottom piece like so....
The felt is the real magic in keeping the clay pieces erect.
Place in your ipod form, more and more liquid sculpey around joining edges. A great tip from DianeB: use super glue for faster contact. (thanks DianeB for great tip) Carefully place top on. Keep adding liquid sculpey, some will drip, but no worries, wipe up with paper towel.
Press all seams together, making sure all joining sides are sticking with each other, as even as you can. This may take a little time, but they will adjoin nicely. Make sure the windows are even with sharpie lines on your form.
Use scrap clay for making matching beads. For all who know me, know I am a cookie cutter fan for even sized beads. Wrap textured, mica dusted, thin strips around balls for beads.
Since large hole needed for rat tail cord, I used crochet hook for large holes.
Bake ipod cover and beads for 20 mins. Apply future on front and sides of cover, bake 10 mins more. Future the back, bake 10 more mins.
Join rat tail cord with findings and beads as shown.
This being my first ipod cover, is pretty basic. I plan new and improved cane covered ones in the future! As I make new ones, I will add them to this thread.