Waka Waka Waka
Pacman chomps his way through the month on this magnetic calendar. The dots are numbered with the dates; ghost, fruit and power pellets can be used to mark special occasions, birthdays, deadlines or other dates that you may need to remember throughout the month. This is a perpetual calendar so once all the dots are removed, you can move onto the next level, I mean month and reset the dots.
Step 1: READY!
- A piece of sheet metal
- Yellow and white craft foam
- Magnets (I used a thin magnet sheet and larger circles that I got from a dollar store)
- Polymer clay
- Black and blue paint (or instead of blue paint, blue model striping tape)
- Metal primer and varnish
- Paint brushes
- Hole punch
- Pencil and ruler
Step 2: Preparing the Sheet Metal
- Cut your sheet of metal to the size that you want, mine was ~17.5 cm X 20 cm.
- You can either bend over the edges or grind them smooth after cutting.
- To bend the sheet so that it can stand up, mark a line along the width of the metal about 4-5 cm from the bottom
- Line up the mark on the edge of a something straight and solid (eg. a table edge) and bend the bottom edge back more than 90 degrees. This should enable it to stand on it's own and slanting back a bit.
Step 3: Painting the Metal Sheet
Step 4: Blue Stripes
For the calendar week separations I measured the height of the calendar and divided it by five to determine the spacing between them and marked it with masking tape along the outer edge. The separations were made with two layers of blue tape with space in between, again I tried to make the ends rounded by cutting the tape at an angle and applying a small piece to connect the two lines.
Step 5: 1pt Dots
- The small dots that Pacman chomps have the calendar dates on them. So we will need thirty-one in total. I made these by punching holes from white craft foam with a hole punch.
- With the same hole punch, I punched out thirty-one circles from a thin magnet sheet, and glued them to the white foam dots.
- Number the dots from one to thirty-one with a black marker.
Step 6: 50pts Dots
Step 7: Pacman and Fruit
- Take a piece of yellow polymer clay and knead it for a couple of minutes.
- Roll it flat to a thickness of about 3-4mm.
- You can use a bottle cap for a cookie cutter to cut out a circle of clay. My Pacman has a diameter of 2.5cm, you can adjust the size depending on how big your calendar is.
- With a knife cut out a wedge for the mouth.
- For the fruit I used red and green clay, knead each for a couple of minutes.
- Form two small balls of red clay and stick them together.
- Roll two small pieces of green clay into little noodles.
- Stick a noodle onto each red ball and connect them together at the other end to form the stems.
- You can make a couple of these or try making the other fruit.
Step 8: Ghosts
- Make these guys by rolling thin a piece of clay of the appropriate colour (or blend colors to get the right shade) to about 3-4mm thick.
- If you made a cookie cutter like I did use it to cut out the ghost shape.
- With a knife cut out the jagged edge for the bottom of the ghost
- Roll a couple of small balls of white clay and place onto the ghost's face (dark blue ghosts don't need these).
Step 9: Bake and Add Details
- Bake the clay characters and fruit according to the package directions.
- Once they have cooled draw in the faces of the dark blue ghosts with a white marker.
- Draw in the pupils of the other ghosts (they have shifty eyes and are often looking sideways at Pacman).
- Glue magnets to the back of all of the characters and fruit.
Step 10: Days of the Week
Step 11: Adding the Days
Once the glue had dried, place the date dots onto the calendar according to the present month and put Pacman on today's date. Use the ghost and fruit to mark special occasions or use as event reminders. Store extra characters and dots that have been removed by attaching them to the back of the calendar for safe keeping.