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Gloomy Bear necklace

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Follow these simple steps to make this cute Gloomy Bear pendant. All you need is some polymer clay red paint for the spooky gloomy blood! mwa ha ha! Makes a great gift for the Gloomy Bear lover in your life (can you tell from the pic that i reeeeeeally like Gloomy Bear?! ha ha!) Could i say Gloomy bear any more times? Gloomy Bear, Gloomy Bear, Gloomy Bear!

The instructions are laid out step-by-step, but read them all first so you know what to expect :)

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Step 1: You Will Need

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Materials and Tools:

a) Polymer clay in a colour of your choice (for the face) I used Fimo, look on eBay under 'crafts'
b) Lacquer. An Acrylic based one will dry quickly
c) Aluminium foil
d) White polymer clay (for the muzzle)
e) Acrylic paint in red and black/ a dark colour to tone with your main clay
f) Craft knife
g) Paintbrush
h) Fine/Superfine sanding sponge
i) 1 Jump ring and 1 Top Screw (look on eBay under 'crafts')
j) Superglue
k) Bobble chain
l) Pliers

Before you start, preheat your oven as directed on your packet of clay

Step 2: Sculpt the face

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1) Decide the size Gloomy Bear you want to make and print it out. I made the 5cm wide Gloomy.

2) Take a pinch of your main colour of clay and soften it up with your fingers

3) Roll it into a ball with the palms of your hands

4) Flatten the ball, and use your thumbs to push the sides out, making it a flat oval shape.

5) Offer the oval up to the gloomy bear template you've selected. Your oval should be the same size as the head

6) Push the edges down. You want the back of the face to be flat, so use your thumbs to push the sides down at 90 degrees to the back, all around.
This is pretty darn adorable. :3
I did my own rendition and then made a fox-like thing with the same instructions. Thanks! :D
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Neon Panda3 years ago
You can buy head pins, or eye pins from ebay too. Or you can make your on from wire. It takes time to get them right but its cheaper over time. :) And you can place the head pin or eye pin BEFORE baking.
Great tutorial. Defo gunna try it this weekend. :D
heyy i love all of your turtorials and while looking at some of the pictures i noticed I LOVE YOUR EYE MAKEUP and i wanted to ask if you could do a instructables on that thanks
Laurpin3 years ago
this is great!! i love these but i used a ring insted of a screw but the screw might have worked better for me. i didnt cook mine long enough so i had to super glue the ear back on so i just covered the whole thing in super glue, i geussed it worked cuz it made it supr shiny!!! i was amazed i had all of the supplies!!! mine wasnt as emo it ddint have blood coming out of its mouth and mine was purple!! yayay!! thanks for the instructbale!!
Do you have to lacquer the blood splat? Or will it be okay with out doing that??
rockgod574 years ago
awesome and emo (or is it goth) where do u get the gloom bear toys btw you should try this with skelanimals
Cizzageee4 years ago
It's really nicee :) but uno the varnish does it need to be gloss or matt? and do you varnish it all or just the paint? sorry for being dumb :/ lol 
alittlestranger (author)  Cizzageee4 years ago
i just used gloss varnish on the 'bloody' splats to make them look more interesting. You dont need to varnish the whole thing unless you want the whole thing glossy :)
liedenfrost4 years ago
Well laid out...but Miley Cyrus?
shortone4 years ago
cute! one tip with working with polymer clay though: don't use oil-based varnish! this will react with the polymers and stay sticky forever. i usually use water-based varnish, but haven't tried acrylic. :D
keep up the good work!
alittlestranger (author)  shortone4 years ago
good tip, i forgot to mention that! thanks
you're welcome! i learned that one the hard way...after making a big, beautiful project, i used varnish on it :( big bummer.
codongolev4 years ago
dang. that's one gloomy bear. 
crapulence4 years ago
That is uber-cute!!! I bet Gloomy Bear would be cute to in fabric or felt as well.  Great idea! Cheers...
 How well would that top screw hold into place? I never used that kind of clay so i don't know how strong it is. Also if i dropped it would it break easy?
alittlestranger (author)  Zergling_pack4 years ago
I use top screws with the deepest 'teeth' i can find, so it grips well. Putting a little superglue on it will stop it turning further/turning back around and 'threading' itself.

Polymer clay is pretty tough, its also slightly flexible. It will withstand a drop or two, same as a plastic necklace would scratch or chip when dropped from high enough.
 Thanks for the quick reply. And thanks for the info, my girlfriend loves Gloomy Bear. So i will make it for her.
alittlestranger (author)  Zergling_pack4 years ago
aw lucky girl! :D
 Well i think i am the lucky one. But thank you. :D
Incrxtc4 years ago
Another awesome documented ible. Using the numbers to correspond to the pics is a great idea. Very well thought out. Keep it up! Is Fimo water resistant?
alittlestranger (author)  Incrxtc4 years ago
yep its water resistant, once its baked its like a slightly flexible plastic :)
Rue_Ryuzaki4 years ago
Oh i love gloomy bear i drew a pic of him he's amazing. love the necklace really good work.
kissiltur4 years ago
Good instructions - I like the technique of working from a reference print out.

Also, is that Flat Eric in the background? Haven't seen that cheeky fellow in a while.
alittlestranger (author)  kissiltur4 years ago
Very observant! Flat Eric keeps watch over my art supplies :)
jaebeat4 years ago
This is awesome! :D Just in time for the holidays.
A good handful of my friends would love this. :]
Goodhart4 years ago
Very well laid out instructable.  Thanks for sharing.
 
brunoip4 years ago
great work...
lowercase4 years ago
 Great 'ible, nice necklace & awesome photography.
It's drooling blood. LOL. That's really... unique?  Great pics! 5*
Jayefuu4 years ago
Wow. Not something I'd ever make, but love the detailed descriptions and awesome photographs.

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awesomely cute gift idea...nice job