Making a Simple Polymer Clay Pumpkin
- Polymer Clay: (I prefer Premo brand)
- Orange & green (required)
- Brown & white (optional)
- Toothpick or other pointy-stick tool
- Clay gun (optional)
Mix & condition your clay. Premo's orange is a nice pumpkin color right out of the package, but I added a pinch of brown and white to mine to get a softer shade. You'll want to condition a 3/4" - 1" ball of orange for each pumpkin.
Start with the stem. (You were expecting me to start with the pumpkin, weren't you? Nope. We're starting with the stem, & I'll tell you why in a minute.)
There's a couple of ways to make a stem. If you have a clay gun, use the pictured disc to extrude a long green snake. (I like to add a couple of extra indentions on the sides.) If you don't have a clay gun, roll your clay into a long snake & use your toothpick to add some texture to it.BUT if you're short on time -- or just don't want to mess with two baking cycles -- you can skip this bake and set your stem aside for now.
- Shape your pumpkin. Roll your clay into a pumpkin shape. Pumpkins come in all sorts of shapes, so anything goes here!
- Add lines. Press the tip of your toothpick into the center of the top, then roll the toothpick straight down, pressing against the side. Repeat all around the pumpkin. You might want to study a real pumpkin or pumpkin photo first to make your lines more realistic. To me, the lines look like fabric, gathered at the top. They're deeper close to the stem, then fade out as they get further away.
- Add the stem. Use a sharp blade to cut through your stem log. Then press the stem into the top of the pumpkin. If you're using a baked stem, you'll notice that just pressing the baked clay into the unbaked pumpkin creates a nice, realistic indention. You'll also be able to press the stem in without worrying about distorting it. If you're using an unbaked stem, though, you can always fix distortions by re-shaping it once it's in place.
If you're making a whole pumpkin patch, consider varying shapes & sizes. You might also try varying the amount of white you add to your clay mix, so you end up with slightly different shades on the pumpkins & stems. And remember, not every pumpkin in the patch is perfect... so if some of yours turn out crooked, it's more realistic!
Stay tuned for more pumpkin fun this week. And if you do make a pumpkin (or a whole patch of 'em), consider taking a photo for the Polka Dot Creations Color Challenge. But hurry -- the word on Lisa's blog is that she's picking the winner soon!Polymer Clay Pumpkin Series: