Intro: Professor Layton Earrings
The Professor Layton series on Nintendo has to be one of my favorite games to play when I was young! It has such beautiful artwork and scenery as well as intriguing, mind-bending puzzles (which I love). If you love this game as much as I do (or know someone who does) then this will be a perfect accessory to make. It's pretty easy and doesn't take much time. It is also incredibly comfortable, and you are sure to get a lot of complements on it :).
Without further ado, let me show you how to do it!
Step 1: Materials
- X-acto knife
- Toothpick/bobby pin
- Heavy duty glue (ex: E6000 glue)
- Glaze (ex: Modge Podge)
- Polymer clay
The specifics of the type of colors for the clay and paint are listed in the notes of the picture. (If you don't have the right shade that you want, you can add a dab of watercolor paint and mix it together into the clay)
Step 2: Professor Layton Base
First, you want to take your skin color (this could be a mix of beige and translucent for a more realistic effect) and roll it into a 0.5 cm ball. Add a thin pancake of light brown to the crown and roll together.
For the base of the body, roll another 0.5 cm ball and cut it slightly rectangular.
Step 3: Professor Layton Pieces
So, we are going to construct the small simple shapes first, and then put them together later (this makes it easier to assemble, trust me).
For the hat, make a 4mm ball and flatten into a pancake. Make a cylindrical shape of a slightly smaller diameter for the top of the hat.
For the feet, take two 2mm balls of olive green and two 1mm balls of light brown. Mix them together to make the shoes.
For the legs, taper some brown snakes about 2mm thick and 0.5 cm long.
Now for the important part. Take all of these pieces and put them on a piece of paper and stick them in the freezer for about 15 min. This will solidify them slightly to make them easier to stick together for the next step.
Step 4: Professor Layton Assembly and Coat
Once they come out of the freezer, assemble them as the photo depicts above (Ideally in the 2cm mark).
Next, take the dark brown color and flatten it into a very thin pancake again. Cut two straight edges and lay Professor Layton on top. Cut out a trapezoid shape as seen above, and wrap him up like a burrito.
Step 5: Professor Layton Arms and Paint
To make the arms, make a long snake out of dark brown approximately 2mm thick. Then roll out two 1mm balls of the skin color and another two 1mm balls in orange.
Cut the snake into two pieces each 0.5cm long and stack the orange ball then tan ball on top as seen above.
Position them how you would like on the body. I tried to make him look very inquisitive, as though he were attempting a puzzle for the 47th time already and was getting very confused; as you do when you play professor Layton.
Add a little dot of skin color to the face for the nose and two black paint dots for the eyes. You can also add a white mouth if you want.
Now you can bake it for about 15 min at about 275 degrees (depending on your clay).
Step 6: Luke Assembly
Now it's Luke's turn. He is very similar to the way we assembled Layton, so I will make this brief.
Make a body and head as we did before except use the dark blue for the body instead. Make a cut in the top of the body for his shirt. Insert a white triangle into the hole, topped off with a small green dot in the center. Add stitching detail as you like, just make sure not to squish it.
For the hat, make a pancake and place it atop his head and then add a snake in the same color along the rim.
Onto the legs: Take the olive green color and make two cylinders about the same size that we did Layton's hat. For his legs and arms, proceed with the same stacking method as described before.
Then, pop it in the freezer for 15 min again. Start to assemble the pieces together and add a small brown square for his messenger bag. Finally, add a teeny tiny dot for the nose.
Add black eye paint, and you're done! Put it in the over for 15 min on about 275 degrees (depending on your clay).
Step 7: Adding the Earring Backs & Glazing
Once baked, put some E6000 glue on the back of Professor Layton and Luke and wait for it to dry about 15 min. For the glazing, I just used some waterproof modge podge, although you can use any glaze you'd like.
Step 8: DONE!
Finally, we've finished! Now go show them off to all of your other nerdy friends!