Rock Troll/stone Faces

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Introduction: Rock Troll/stone Faces

About: I graduated from Cardonald College with an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design in 1999. He has worked as a Tattoo Artist, Community Artist, and Freelance Artist ever since. I like making instructables that ev…

Hello Instructables!
In this instructable I am going to show you how to sculpt some Rock Trolls. They are simple and fun to make, dont require any specialist equipment and can go outside to brighten up your garden (or leave them tucked away to surprise people)

Supplies

Materials.

Granite fimo or any other stone coloured polymer clay.

White polymer clay (this is optional to make eyes but you can do it without)

Tinfoil.

Tools

A surface to work on

Something pointy (like a pencil or toothpick)

An Oven

Additional but not necessary tools
A rolling pin or smooth glass bottle to help roll it flat

Some water or wet wipes to help smooth the surface (they are also hand for cleaning your hands)

Step 1: Making a Rock

Take some tinfoil and roll it into a ball roughly the size of a tangerine and separate 2 thirds of your polymer clay if using a 57g block.
Keep 1 third to the side for later and flatten out the other 2 thirds.

Wrap it around your tin foil ball

Step 2: Nose

Take a small part of your left over fimo and shape it into a nose shape. this can be any shape you want, big and round, long and thin. Once in place smooth of the edges to make sure its properly attached the the "head"

For the nostrils make two small balls and press them against the side of the nose. You can use the tip of a pencil or toothpick to make the "nose holes" but also help attach the nostrils.

Step 3: Still Upper...well Lower Lip

For the mouth roll out a snake of clay. If you taper the edges it will blend on to the face easier.
Place it where you want the mouth to be and blend/smooth the lower edge into the face.

To give it more definition/cheeks you can add a couple of small snakes from the nostrils to the corners of the mouth and blend the edge towards where the eyes will be.

You can also add a bit here to give it more of a chin.

Step 4: The Eyes Have It

IMPORTANT! You may want to give your hands a wash before you start handling the white as you may get some discolouration.

Simply make to balls and put them in place.

Use your pencil/toothpick to make pupils/irises

Step 5: Putting Lids on It

Tomake some eye lids make 4 small snakes.
Place one below the eye and blend the points at the end in.
Repeat with one over the top of the eye (if you overlap the lower lid a bit it looks a bit more realistic.....well, as realistic as a small stone face can be)

repeat for the other eye

Step 6: Eyebrows

Pretty much the same as you did for the lip but in the opposite direction.

Make a snake, place it above the eyes.
Shape it into the expression you want

Smooth/blend the upper edge.

You van also add smaller snake above this to look like a forehead wrinkle.

Now its ready to be baked as per your polymer clay's instructions.

Step 7: Finished!!

And you are done!

As these are made from polymer clay they can live quite happily outside so why not go out and brighten your garden (or someone else's day by putting them someplace unexpected)

As always I hope you enjoyed this instructable and as always, thoughts, comments and even photos of your own Rock Trolls are always welcome in the comments section below.

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21 Comments

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TD56
TD56

Question 1 year ago on Introduction

I’m building a rockery and want to put some fun hidden things into it like your rock faces. Would the clay be ok in the open air? I know it’s like plastic when set but the bits you add when it gets frosty I’d think they might fall off. Can you advise please?

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Barry Neeson
Barry Neeson

Reply 1 year ago

Hi,
as long as you make sure that the additional bits are well blended in and in the case of the eyes well supported around the edges (using the eye lids) it shouldn't be a problem. I live in Scotland and I have had this project out in all weather https://www.instructables.com/Solar-Powered-Fairy-House/ that particular project has a layer of lacquer on it but I have also had another unlacquered "stone" sculpture outside to and had no issues : )

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snowf7
snowf7

1 year ago

These are just so adorable. Some "not so adorable" ones would be handy for Hallowe'en. Each character has its' own individual features, which gives them their own personalities. With no two the same you would never get bored while making them or enjoying them where ever you decide to tuck them away. You definitely have my vote. This is a great project for all ages.

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Barry Neeson
Barry Neeson

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you and you are absolutely right about Hallowe'en. I added a tip about using glow in the dark polymer clay for the eyes that would be a great addition to a Hallowe'en version :)

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MEAH59
MEAH59

1 year ago

LOVE THEM! Can't wait to have a craft day with the Grandkids!!

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Barry Neeson
Barry Neeson

Reply 1 year ago

Aw Thank you, I hope you and your Grandkids have a great time making them :)

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rozzieozzie
rozzieozzie

1 year ago

I love these! I’ve been saving rocks to paint, but I might just make cute little guys like yours. Thanks for a great instructable!

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Barry Neeson
Barry Neeson

Reply 1 year ago

You could always do both and Thank you :)

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Thebest1423
Thebest1423

1 year ago

So cool! You have my vote

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Barry Neeson
Barry Neeson

Reply 1 year ago

Awesome, thank you

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jeanniel1
jeanniel1

1 year ago

So fun! The fimo really has stone textures.

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Barry Neeson
Barry Neeson

Reply 1 year ago

Yup, I also just remembered that they do glow in the dark stuff. I could have made these guys with glow in the dark eyes....next time.

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jeanniel1
jeanniel1

Reply 1 year ago

Oooh, you still can and edit your 'ible!

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Barry Neeson
Barry Neeson

Reply 1 year ago

Added as a tip :)

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Barry Neeson
Barry Neeson

Tip 1 year ago

Just remebered that Fimo does glow in the dark clay, so you could make your with glow in the dark eyes :)

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craftisan
craftisan

1 year ago

These are super cute! Little garden dudes and dudettes :)

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Barry Neeson
Barry Neeson

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks :)

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Barry Neeson
Barry Neeson

Reply 1 year ago

and your comment made me smile so thank you too :)