Shika Chan Statue and Topiary

Hello!

As you probably know, I have a very good SF friend, Soramama, in Japan; her family and I had a great fun time together at the Tokyo Toy Show last year! A while ago, I asked her if there were anything she wanted that I could make for her town. She said she was interested in a deer Sylvanian shaped topiary.  She has a deer character in her town is named, “Shika Chan” (Shika is the Japanese word for “deer”).  On her blog and Instagram, “Shika Chan” is actually the main character that goes everywhere with her – she even throws a birthday party for him every year!

Considering the number of topiaries I’ve made over my crafting career (?), making the Shika Chan topiary wouldn’t take me long. So, as a surprise,  I thought I’d make a bronze statue of Shika Chan and throw it in the package.

…and, here they are!

Shika Chan is actually a closed hand type character, and I only had open handed deer.  In cases like this, there tends to be slight differences in body shape and faces as well.  I mainly referred to my deer, but tried to pay close attention to the photos, which Soramama has posted on her blog.  I also needed to do this because Shika Chan wears his signature overalls as his outfit and I wanted to incorporate those into his statue.

After I made a statue out of polymer clay, I then made a mold, then a cast using that mold.  I then used the cast for the topiary, as it didn’t need a high level of detail.

And here it is!  A Shika Chan topiary!

 

And a Shika Chan bronze statue!

If you are interested in tutorials, here are the links to some of the tutorials that I’ve done in  the past that came into play during this tutorial.

Chao!

Candy Hearts

Hiya!  Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s day?  Mine is to go shopping for the discounted chocolates the day after. LOL

The last of this year’s Valentine’s Day crafts is miniature candy hearts.

The big ones are actual candy hearts.  I know I didn’t put messages on mine….it sounded a bit too much. lol  Maybe next year?

The heart shapes are made with yet another straw heart shape cutter.  Only this time, I used a really narrow type that came with the boxed juice I buy to throw in my son’s lunchbox.

I later adjusted the shape of the heart a little to make it look more like the real candy hearts, but now that I’m looking back, I think the original shape was much cuter…. 🙁

Anyways, I guess that is the price I pay for trying to be authentic to the shape of the candy hearts.

This is the size difference; the one of the left is the one used for the candy hearts, and the one on the right is the size I used for the cookies.

I used FIMO polymer clay because I think they have nice colors.

I directly rolled out the clay on a baking sheet.  You can do whatever works best for you though.  I happen to use a small oven just for baking clay by my desk.

Before cutting the hearts out, I lightly spread some corn starch on the surface.

Small hearts were trickier for me to cut out, especially when they were thick.  So I recommend making your clay thinner if you’re having a hard time.

I carefully removed the extra clay off the pan, using a toothpick.

After removing all the excess clay, I baked the hearts like this.  By rolling the clay directly onto the tray, the cut out heart pieces stuck to the surface and didn’t stay inside the straw (most of the time). As you can imagine, dealing with such small straws and trying to keep the fine detail, the less we have to mess with the clay, and their shape, by getting them out of the straw, the better.

Done!

My, is it just me, or are his eyes twinkling with joy??

“I love you bear-y much!”

 

 

 

 

Roses 2018

Hiya!! I know it’s been a long time since I last did a tutorial on miniature roses.  I’ve been given a much better camera since then, and my roses hopefully look a bit better, too.  And what occasion is better than Valentine’s to make roses?!

I made red  roses this time.  If you’re wondering, I usually use Kato Polyclay for flowers.

I made 4 different sizes of logs with clay, and sliced them out at about 0.5mm thick.  Also, I cut off about 2mm thick out of the smallest log for the center of the rose.

Flatten and roll up the 2mm thick piece first into the shape like the one in the photo below.  Also flatten the 4 smallest clay petals by rolling a tooth pick on each of them on your finger tip, making them as thin as you can.

One by one, stick on the 4 petals on the core piece.

Now flatten 6 second smallest petals.  Try to shape them as close to circle as you can.  (If this is hard for you, you could make clay balls with each petals first before flattening them.)

With these 2nd smallest petals, you’d want them placed a bit higher position the core, and also opening the tip of each petal slightly outward.  This is a good spot to let the clay harden before moving on further.

Once the clay is hard, roll flat rest of the petals.

Before attaching the last petals, let’s shape the bottom half of the rose.  Get some clay out, and wrap it around the bottom half of the rose.

Using a tooth pick, shape the added soft clay into an upside down bell shape.  It’s easier to work with this rose with a pin stuck on the bottom passed this point, so you won’t squish your delicate petals.

It’s good to remember that a pair of rose petals are always facing toward each other.  Attach the last petals even higher point that the last ones, curling them wider.

Once all the petals are on, harden the clay once more, and you’re done!

“Will you be my valentine?”