I wanted to try something that I hadn't ever tried before and when I saw the purple contest my mind went on a imagination spree. I decided that I wanted to add a little flavor to the idea of a purple fig and give a character. That's when the Fig-a-ma-bug was discovered. I hope you enjoy this as much as I had creating it. Let's Begin!
Items you need:
-IMAGINATION (Although I made this creature, you can make whatever you want by using the same techniques)
Start with your idea or mine:
To give your idea a visual concept
For the actual creature:
- Aluminum foil
- Velum paper
- Sculpey firm
- Sculpting tools (you can find a whole lot of things in your house that will do just fine)
- Craft paints
- Paint brushes
- Floral wire
- Convection oven
- Sandpaper (fine)
- Wire pliers
- Super glue
And lots of patience.
Step 1: Let's Draw!
Step 2: Who Knew Foil Could Be So Useful and Fun?
I then take another piece of aluminum foil and place the ball in it and bring it up around it. I then twisted the top to get stem part of my creature. I used a pair of wire pliers to skinny enough for me to work with. Don’t squeeze it too much or it will make the foil brittle and fall off.
Step 3: Clay! Yay!
Now we start adding the Sculpey Firm clay over the foil. You don’t want to make your clay layer too thick. Keep about 1/4” thick. This makes a stable layer and when you end up cooking your creature the clay won’t be burnt and brittle. Use your thumb to create shape and form. Once your form is good enough for you, gently use your fingers and thumb to smooth out the best you can. Just try to get most of the fingerprints out of the clay. If you can’t, you can always use a sand paper later on after it's cooked.
Step 4: Give It Some Character!
I add a mouth, eyes, abdomen, with a tooth pick like metal tool by poking and using it horizontal to make straight lines.
I use floral wire for making legs, leaves & fairy wing stems. It’s inexpensive and quite multi-functional around my house. Anyways cut the lengths that you need for stems (you can trim them later if need be). I then poke the wires into the clay to see the placement. Then I pulled them out and placed them in order so I know where each one went.
Step 5: It's Time to Cook and Take a Break!
Use a tray that is covered in foil and also has foil on top of it also. You don’t want the foil touching as it cooks your creation. You want a gap between the upper foil and the clay. You can just stand it up in the tray and let it cook that way.
Mine cooked at 275º for 20 mins.
When it is done cooking don’t pull it out. Let it set in there until the oven and the creature become cool. Pulling out the clay too soon can cause cracks because of sudden temp changes. So this is where patience comes into play. Go play for bit, you deserve it!
Step 6: Van Gogh Time!
Step 7: Well Were Going to Need Some Legs on This Bug.
Step 8: Leaves and Wings Are Magical!
I then take the leaves and use a big paint brush handle tip to round out the leaf. This gives it a lively look. I then take a metal toothpick like tool and draw lines on the other side to give the veins to leaf. Don’t push too hard that poke through the velum. If you need some reference go outside and look at leaves. If you don’t have any leaves around to look at (poor soul) then google leaves and look at the images.
Step 9: Painting Leaves Green! We're Painting the Leaves Green!
Super glue your stems to your leaves and let them set and cure.
Step 10: Make It Fly!
Super glue your stems to them.
Step 11: Thank You!
Place your wings on the creature and make sure the length is correct before gluing them down. Trim the wires if they are too long. Glue them into place, and then do the same for your leaves.
I then add some paint at the bottom of the stems of the leaves to get more of blend into my bug.
Tah-dah!!! The elusive Thing-a-ma-bug!!! I hope you enjoyed my little friend. I took it about outside and took pics around the yard! Thanks for coming along and watching the birth of a new creature! Hope fully you will have one of your own soon. If you need anything please leave a comment and I will get back with you as soon as I can. Thank you!