Soot Sprites are little "dustbunny" type creatures, that were created by Studio Ghibli. You can read more about them here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susuwatari There are pictures of them above too ^
Step 1: You Will Need:
• A bunch of black seed beads (I used size 11)
• 2 round white shell beads
• A blob of black clay (I use sculpey,t but I think Polyform would work too)
• About 6" of cord
• A lobster clasp
• 4 jump rings (I like using two oval ones and two circle)
I find a lot of my beading supplies at Walmart, I know everything that you need for a soot sprite is there, though I'm not sure about clay or white beads.
• 2 Shish Kabob sticks
• Wire (about 2 inches)
• Needle-nose pliers
• A toothpick
Step 2: Setting the Beads in the Clay
Start pressing the beads into the clay ball. I like to do this one by one, to make sure there are no large gaps, but you can experiment. Don't forget about the eye beads!
As you push beads in, the ball will squish, so you'll have to keep gently molding it back into a ball. About halfway through, take a break to let the clay cool and become a little harder.
Step 3: Adding the Ring
Now stick one of the jump rings halfway into the soot sprite. There will be nothing holding the jump ring in, so take the tooth pick and put a little bit of clay on the end. Stick the bit of clay inside the jump ring, smoothing it out so that the clay holds it into the sprite.
* Look here on how to open jump rings: http://www.jewelry-making.com/openingjumprings.html
Step 4: Baking
I also didn't want the beads sitting on the pan and melting into a big mess, so I made a little hanger out of wire and shish kabob sticks. To do this, bend a "V" out of wire, and then bend the ends back. (Picture 1) Place the two shish kabob sticks across the rim of a pan, and then slip your soot sprite onto your wire and put the "V" on the shish kabob sticks. (Picture 2)
Step 5: Making the Strap
Open your last jump ring, and slip on the little loop and the lobster clasp. Now just close the jump ring and you have your strap!
The great thing with the lobster clasp, is that you can use the same strap with different charms!
Step 6: Putting It All Together
You can also use it on cameras, backpacks, purses, etc!