Well if anyone follows me on Instagram you’ll know that I managed to get the hat proportions right for the riding hat I was after which I have to say I was quite pleased with, so I wanted to decorate my first one well and since I’m all about the steampunk at the moment, I wanted to give it a steampunk feel but without the goggles or cogs. So a little bit of thinking brought me to octopus or octopi (is that better grammar). I’m not sure why steampunk and octopi are so well linked but they are, definitely more so than whales or sharks who also lurk about in the depths of the oceans.
Going with that theme I found a lovely bit of blue velvet to give the feel of the sea, and decided on a buckle to hold it at the back and an octopus sitting at the front. Not having a buckle or octopus lying around I needed to make them, so out comes the polymer clay
I’m not sure if I have mentioned this on here before but I have a real love of polymer clay it is so versatile, I have been playing with it for years now and love to incorporate it into projects. I even have made buttons out of it that can be the exact colour and size/shape I want and go through the washing machine without a problem, wonderful stuff. But I digress as usual. Polymer clay is the perfect stuff to make an octopus out of, and today I thought I’d show you a few before and after pictures of my painting process. (There are loads of really good youtube tutorials on painting if you want more details.)
So here Sid before his paint job:
So then it was just a matter of putting it all together. I had put holes in the end of the separate tentacles and a couple in Sid too, so the tentacles could be wired and then sewn on that way and Sid was secured with a little bit of sewing.
and Sid in prime spot on the front.
so before and after..
and just in case polymer clay is new to you, it comes in a whole range of lovely colours too that can be used in wonderful ways that never need painting, I was just using up some old dirty clay in this project.
Here’s a couple of non-painted things I’ve made to give a feel for it..
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