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.