Seahorse Craft

This Seahorse craft is made over a tin foil base, covered with polymer clay.

Age: 12+
Difficulty: medium
Time scale: who knows

General supplies, very general..

orange polymer clay
tin foil
2 black beads
butterscotch alcohol ink
perfect pearls gold and white
black paint     paint brush                                                rag
water


seahorse-from-polymer-clay

How did I do this Seahorse Craft?

I am doing my best to try to provide detailed instructions with the projects on the website. Unfortunately the instructions for this seahorse craft are a little vague.

Sometimes, I make something and don't take pictures along the way. I lose track of the amount of supplies used. It seems this is more so with polymer clay projects.

At times, I will just decide to fiddle with something to see what I come up with. At some point I then realize I wasn't paying close enough attention to details to give proper instructions. More like, I wasn't writing them down as I go! That is what has happened with this.

Another reason I didn't do instructions along the way is because I didn't really think it was going to turn out. There is so much less stress to doing something on the fly without much for expectations. That is usually when I create my best work.

I started with crumpled tin foil for the basic shape and started building on it. I pinched, twisted, squeezed my way to this creation and he was there in front of my eyes before I could woah up and write stuff down.

The good news is there is a seahorse craft template you can use but it needs to be enlarged a bit. This should be of some help with getting the general shape. You then can work from there.

Start by putting a layer of sculpey or the polymer clay of your choice, over the form.  Add more clay and smooth it on, then make the ridges and fins. The ridges can be made by holding the seahorse by the stomach with your fingers separated slightly and squeezing. Switch hands, and do the other side. Make ridges all the way down the body and tail.

Make holes for the eyes, add black beads. You may want to make the holes for the eyes, check the fit and then glue them in after baking.

I used a medium orange sculpey. This has been waiting around for months now, while I decide what other colors I want to use. This I will try to document along the way!

Before baking, I brushed perfect pearls gold, on the body and white on the fins.
 
Bake in the oven according to manufacturers directions for the kind of clay that you are using. Remember, every brand of clay has different baking instructions. Even the same brand but different types within that brand can have different baking times.

Okay, I'm back. Instructions for the colors are going to be a bit wishy washy. How helpful is that? I don't know what it is about this silly guy! He wants to remain a mystery, I guess. So much for documentation!

First, I added a blackwash and wiped most of it off. My choice next time would have been a burnt umber wash instead of black. I then added color with butterscotch alcohol ink, added some perfect pearls in a gold for the body and white for the fins. It still didn't look right, so I added more of the butterscotch ink. 

Hope you can do your own seahorse craft now, even with the limited instructions. Actually, this is an opportunity to come up with one on your own, that is even better!

If you are looking for more information on seahorses check out the National Geographic page.

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