These miniatures aren’t really macabre at all but it sounded good, and they are perfect to scatter around your home, or to decorate your table for Halloween. They’re also great to put in home made crackers, which I will cover in my next post.
- polymer clay like Fimo or Sculpey
- sculpting tools like skewers, cardboard, toothpicks
1. Think about the symbols we have come to associate with Halloween like pumpkins, bats, ghosts, skulls, witches and brooms. Even the Jack Skellington character from A Nightmare Before Christmas comes to mind. Decide on the ones you would like to make in polymer clay, so you know which colours to buy. If you’re not working from your imagination, you can root around the internet for images.
2. The soft polymer clay can become a little sticky so as you complete each one, place immediately on the surface you will be baking them on, like a baking sheet. That way you won’t have to move them again. Bake them in the oven according to the instructions on the package.
A few tips: White polymer clay becomes dirty very easily, so make sure your hands are clean when working with it. If making pumpkins, gently press a small piece of cardboard along the clay from top to bottom, to make the vertical lines. Toothpicks are handy for adding fine lines like the veins on eyeballs. The marble balls were made by rolling out long pieces of white and black clay, twisting them together, and rolling them into a ball shape.