I used to ride about 170+ miles a week on my road bike, so I had a hitch installed on my car for easy access.  Now, sadly enough, I'm down to 0 miles and no longer carry a bike rack so I wanted something to cover the hitch.  I decided to go with Gremlins to go with my 'mixed tape' in my car of 80's new wave and hair bands.  I took a break from creating cutesy bears and ventured beyond my sculpting comfort zone.

NOTE:  I partially bake the pieces for about 10 minutes during various stages of assembly.  Before baking the pieces, make sure it fits in your hitch.  I didn't do this and ended up trimming small piece of the back of the head and shifting the ears.


Polymer Clay - I used Fimo Clay purchased from Hobby Lobby, Joanne's, or MIchaels (depending on sales)

Steel tube cover-  purchased from Amazon.  I made the mistake of using the cheaper plastic thinking the low oven temperature would be ok but it warped.

Pasta machine or rollers - for flattening the clay.

Varathane Polyurethane High Gloss Varnish - I bought this from Amazon.  This could probably be omitted if you use Environmental Technology 32-Ounce Kit Lite Pour-On, High Gloss Finish.

Environmental Technology 32-Ounce Kit Lite Pour-On, High Gloss Finish - to waterproof and increase protection against the elements.  One thick coat is supposed to equal about 50 coats of varnish.  I purchased this from Michaels using their 40% off  coupon.

Step 1: Cover The Face Plate

1.  Flatten out a sheet of black clay using either the pasta machine or hand roller.

2.  Cut out a retangular piece from the flattened sheet to fit the face plate of the tube cover.  Place the cut clay over the face plate and fold over the edges.  Smooth the edges  of the clay on the back of the face plate. 

3.  Flatten a piece of grey metallic clay and cut a small retangle piece that will fit under the jagged black edges (refer to picture)

4.  Cut a small retangular piece of black clay (slightly larger than the grey piece in step 3).  Split the retangular piece of clay by cutting a jagged line.  Place the 2 cut pieces on the face plate on either sides of the grey piece.  Smooth the edges of the clay (excluding the jagged edlges) to blend the seams.

4.  Fold back the jagged cut edges.
NOTE:  I wish I had flattened the cut edges a little more so that it would not stick so far out (and make them less fragile and possible breakage).

<p>This is very cool. I love gremlins and I love this. Nice work!</p>
<p>Thank you so much!</p>
That is AMAZING! I would suggest getting a locking hitchpin otherwise someone is going to steal that!
<p>Thanks Chris! Yeah, I lost my locking hitch pin that secured my bike rack. Will have to get a new one.</p>

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