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Gremlin Tube Hitch Cover

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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.

Material:

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.
http://www.amazon.com/Manufacturing-22750-Black-Steel-Cover/dp/B001EP28XW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392861129&sr=8-1&keywords=metal+hitch+cover

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.
 
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joebeetlebus4 months ago

This is very cool. I love gremlins and I love this. Nice work!

loangb (author)  joebeetlebus4 months ago

Thank you so much!

chris_e64 months ago
That is AMAZING! I would suggest getting a locking hitchpin otherwise someone is going to steal that!
loangb (author)  chris_e64 months ago

Thanks Chris! Yeah, I lost my locking hitch pin that secured my bike rack. Will have to get a new one.

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