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Soot Sprite Cellphone Charm

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This adorable and super easy Soot Sprite cellphone charm is made of clay and seed beads. It is really simple, after making one you'll want to make a bunch!

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 ^
 
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Step 1: You will need:

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To make a soot sprite charm, 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.

Tools:
•  2 Shish Kabob sticks
• Wire (about 2 inches)
• Needle-nose pliers
• A toothpick
• Scissors

Step 2: Setting the Beads in the Clay

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Take your blob of clay and roll it into a ball. Don't worry too much about getting it spherical, you just want to get those little cracks out.

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.
mstyle1832 years ago
good luck.. cool little guy
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Love this!
suayres2 years ago
Really cute--I always thought the soot critters were so charming in Spirited Away (great movie!), I'm glad someone thought how to make them. Had you thought about making them hollow, so they would be lighter? If you build them over an armature of a cornstarch packing peanut, then bake them, and then put them in water to dissolve the cornstarch, you have a hollow, lightweight sphere.
pie popper (author)  suayres2 years ago
Thanks! =) That's a really good idea, though do you think it might be too fragile? If you built around something really light, that still has structure.... what about like Styrofoam? hmmmm....
No-no-no-no-NO STYROFOAM! If you heat styrofoam to a temp needed to cure clay, it will release toxic fumes. If you're worried about fragility, make the walls of the sprite a bit thicker for strength. The beauty of the cornstarch peanuts is that you can make them go away, simply by putting them in water. But it's better, I guess, to make your sprites the way you always have. BUT, keep the technique in the back of your mind, because one of these days, it will come in handy.

chicopluma2 years ago
looks like a goo ball of world of goo
sunshiine2 years ago
Very cute! Thanks for sharing!
okoshima2 years ago
now you just need to resist the urge to scream at it
mary candy2 years ago
cute cute!
This is soooo adorable! I really wish I had all the materials right now! I want to make one! :D
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