Step 2: Make the polymer clay body

Choose some colors of polymer clay.  I used purple, translucent, and copper.  You can mix them completely or roll them into long logs, squash them together, roll them thinner, fold them together, and roll thinner again to make thin stripes in your dough.

Flatten a piece of dough and wrap it around the head of the octopus.  Add additional clay to cover wires, if needed.  Flatten a different color of dough and cover the webbing between the tentacles, both on top and on the bottom.

Roll out eight long, thin pieces of dough.  Attach the thick end of the dough snakes to the body and press the length of them around each wire.

Roll out eight more snakes and press them along the tentacles near the body to make them thicker.  You'll want the tentacles to taper gently toward the tips of the tentacles.  Hold the clay covered octopus in place to make sure it still fits properly.
I looove this! I tried making an octopus from Sugru once and it did not go well but I may try again after seeing this.
Octopus yayayayay!
It almost looks alive!
that turned out really nice! i would love to see something like this, but enlarged, to do things like, maybe even be the actually computer stand. im sure there would have to be a change of materials, but it would go right along with the mouse holder.
The octopus is awesome! Good job!<br><br>
Coolest. Instructable. Ever. 5 stars.
Great 'ible! One question though, if you weren't making the octopus to grip things (like the mouse), but just because they look cool and you like them, can you just use more clay for the suckers, or would you still have to use sugru? (Also, I have absolutely no idea where to get sugru, do you just buy it online?)
Version 2 could support a wireless mouse, with receiver and charging station embedded in it. <br>Very very nice, 5 stars. Also congrats on winning!
Awesome, 5 *
this. . . is made. . . of AWESEOME! lol now to devise a way to make it cat proof for my sister. . . .
horns and tails not pictured! LOL <br>only parents understand parents!
Awesome! Great job! Keep it up! ;)
for a short term fix you could remove the ball/ tape over the laser!
but... we use the mouse often... the baby grabs the mouse when something is playing on the monitor. We use the mouse to play something on the computer or to turn it off.
i might just make this just for the octopus! awesome idea, my niece keeps on playing with the mouse too, might have to do something like this too...
that's very cute and a very cool idea!! the possibilities are endless!

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