Introduction: Okami Amaterasu Necklace
If you have not heard of the game Okami then you have now. I haven't played the game myself ,but I watched Cryaotic play it on YouTube. He has a really long series playing the game but it's worth it to watch them all.
Set sometime in classical Japanese history, Ōkami combines several Japanese mythology and folklore to tell the story of how the land was saved from darkness by the Shinto sun goddess named Amaterasu, who took the form of a white wolf with celestial markings covering its fur. It features a distinct sumi-e-inspired cel-shaded visual style. (wiki)
* white polymer clay
* black polymer clay
* red polymer clay
* note card
* Exacto knife or blade
* pasta machine
* sculpting tools
Step 1: Roll the Clay
To get an even sheet of clay without a pasta machine I taped down two skewers onto my tile. I use a floor tile because I find it easier to work with clay on and it can be used to bake the clay on. Then I rolled out my white clay in between the skewers.
Step 2: Trace the Head
At first I tried to draw the shape of a wolf head on the clay and failed. So I folded a note card in half and drew half a wolf head on the fold. Then I cut that out and used the the template I just made to cut out the wolf head from the white clay.
Step 3: Outline
Then I rolled out a thin piece of black clay using the same technique I used to roll out the white clay. Instead of using skewers I taped down toothpicks. Then I cut out a strip of black clay them same thickness as the head and placed it along the bottom of the wolf head. Leave a little bit of clay at the cheeks. Then cut out another piece of black clay to finish the outline. I then rolled out a very thin layer of black clay to finish the back. I traced the head and smooth out the edges.
When working with white polymer clay it is very important to keep it clean. So with a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol wipe off the debris that may have gotten on the piece.
Step 4: The Face
Now for the eyes and nose. First roll out a small ball of black clay and shape it into an oval.This will be the eye. Make a smaller oval same and this will be the nose. Then I rolled out a small snake and place it on to of the eye for the first marking. I just repeated the same thing for the bottom eye marking. Now just repeat the same thing for the other eye. For the forehead marking I just made a small circle with a thin snake and cut it off when it reached the nose. Then I stuck in a eye pin in the center and baked it for 15 minutes at 270°F.