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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

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.

Step 3: Make the ears

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7) Take two smaller, equally sized, pieces of clay. Roll them into balls with the palms of your hands. Hold them up to the template to check the size and add/take material away as necessary.

Tip: An easy way to get them the same size is to take a large piece, roll it into a sausage, fold it so the ends meet and cut it in half at the bend.

8) Pinch two corners on each ball with your thumb and first finger. You want each ball to be a half moon shape.

9) Position the ears onto the face. Squash them against the face using a little pressure. Make sure the edges are nice and round.

Step 4: Making the muzzle

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10) Peel the paper template off the back of the clay. Carefully put the face onto your tinfoil. The tin foil serves as a little baking tray so i've folded mine a couple of times to give it a bit of strength.

11) Take a small piece of white clay and warm it up with your fingers

Tip: wash your hands before changing clay colour, it tends to get stuck in the grooves on your fingertips and can smudge onto the white clay.

12) Roll the clay into an oval/lozenge shape with your fingers.

13) Hold the muzzle up to the template to check the size and add/take material away as necessary.

14) You want the back of the muzzle to be flat. Push the corners down, same as you did with the face.

15) Peel the muzzle off the template and using it for guidance position the muzzle on the face. Press down lightly

Step 5: Mark the face details

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16) Use the end of your paintbrush to create the ears and nose details. Gently push the paintbrush in where the ear meets the face and lay it down to make the ears. For the nose pus the paintbrush gently into the muzzle in little stabbing motion moving from left to right.

17) Mark the eyes. Use the end of the paintbrush, holding it almost horizontally and pushing it into the top and bottom of the eye to really define the shape. Use the template as your guide, Gloomy Bear's eyes are surprisingly low - the tops of his eyes are pretty much at the top of his muzzle.

18) This is what your Gloomy should look like now

19) Smooth out any bumps with the end of your finger and poke a hole in the top of his head with a pin (ouch!) This makes it easier to insert the top screw later.

Step 6: Time to bake!

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20) Pop him in the oven. Don't open the oven door to sneak a peek while he's cooking, you want to maintain a constant temperature.

21) Sit back and wait. Bake as directed on your polymer clay packet, usually around 20 minutes.

Tip: When polymer clay is cooked it has a springy texture, check he's cooked by giving him a gentle poke with a fingernail, if it springs back out he's done!

22) When he is cool use your sanding sponge to get rid of any bumps. Use little circular motions all over.

Tip: Fold the sanding sponge and use the fold to work the clay, this keeps it rigid so it will catch the high points of your sculpt and easily remove bumps.

Step 7: Painting the details

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23) Use your dark paint to paint in the eyes, nose and ears. Use your template as a guide for the ears and make them little 'c' shapes.

24) Tip: If your paintings a little messy use a scalpel to scrape the paint away.

25) Use your red paint for the blood.

Tip: If you're painting on a dark base colour use a thin coat of white paint underneath the red to make the colour bright. Use a hairdryer between coats if you're impatient like me :)

26) He should really be looking like the Gloomy bear we know and love now! Let the paint dry thoroughly...

Step 8:

27) Insert the top screw into the pin hole you made earlier. Finish with it facing flat from the front.

28) Put a dot of superglue on the back of the top screw to stop it turning.

Tip: Put a line of glue where the ears meet the head, for added strength.

29) Open your jump ring. Find where the ring splits and grasp one half in-between your fingers and one with your pliers, gently twist the ring open.

30) Thread the jump ring onto the top screw and press closed with the pliers

31) Lacquer the blood splat. Leave to dry for as long as directed on the bottle (usually an hour or so) Once it's thoroughly dry thread onto your chosen necklace and you're all done!!



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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 Panda4 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
Laurpin4 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??
rockgod575 years ago
awesome and emo (or is it goth) where do u get the gloom bear toys btw you should try this with skelanimals
Cizzageee5 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)  Cizzageee5 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 :)
liedenfrost5 years ago
Well laid out...but Miley Cyrus?
shortone5 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)  shortone5 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.
codongolev5 years ago
dang. that's one gloomy bear. 
crapulence5 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_pack5 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_pack5 years ago
aw lucky girl! :D
 Well i think i am the lucky one. But thank you. :D
Incrxtc5 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)  Incrxtc5 years ago
yep its water resistant, once its baked its like a slightly flexible plastic :)
Rue_Ryuzaki5 years ago
Oh i love gloomy bear i drew a pic of him he's amazing. love the necklace really good work.
kissiltur5 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)  kissiltur5 years ago
Very observant! Flat Eric keeps watch over my art supplies :)
jaebeat5 years ago
This is awesome! :D Just in time for the holidays.
A good handful of my friends would love this. :]
Goodhart5 years ago
Very well laid out instructable.  Thanks for sharing.
 
brunoip5 years ago
great work...
lowercase5 years ago
 Great 'ible, nice necklace & awesome photography.
It's drooling blood. LOL. That's really... unique?  Great pics! 5*
Jayefuu5 years ago
Wow. Not something I'd ever make, but love the detailed descriptions and awesome photographs.

5*
awesomely cute gift idea...nice job