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Deer Queen by Linda

Crafting Break: Deer Queen Wall Hanging in Polymer Clay

This cute deer girl will add a dash of sparkle and cuteness to any room. The finer features of her hair, face and clothes require extra detailing, but anyone interested in creating this charming fawn can piece her together with a bit of patience.

This tutorial is available thanks to the work of polymer pro Linda based out of Palermo, Italy. You can find more of her sweet creations on her etsy or Facebook pages.

 

 

Materials needed:

  • Silicone mold
  • Epoxy resin
  • Sequins – Mix fun shapes and different colors if desired!
  • Polymer clay – Linda mainly uses Fimo; Sculpey III or Primo are also fine
  • Blending chalk
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sculpting tools
  • Picture hanger
  • Popsicle sticks or mixing tool

 


 

Step 1: Mix resin, color and sequins for the wall mount.

Mix your epoxy resin and hardener according to instructions (usually a 1:1 ratio) in a small container. Add a small amount of acrylic paints into the epoxy depending on the color you want for the wall mount.

Linda uses a bright red mixed with white to create a milky pink base. Mix the color together using a popsicle stick, making sure there are no clumps. Pour the mixture into the silicone mold and sprinkle your sequins in, mixing it again so they’re spread evenly. Let dry for 24 hours.

Step 2: Make the girl’s lower body.

Grab a medium-sized ball of polymer clay in the skin tone you want for your figure. Split it in two and roll out one ball with your palm so it becomes long and cylindrical. There should be a taper toward one end.

Create an indentation about 1/3 of the way down on the thicker side of your cylinder. This will be a thigh. Another 1/3 of the way down, make an indentation for an ankle and slice off the rest of the clay past this point. Polish the shape of the foot and create a delicate arch using your tools.

Hinge the leg at the knee and twist the upper part of the thigh upwards to start the waist. Using the other half of your original clay ball, repeat the steps above to create another leg and place it on top of the first to create a curled pose.

 

Deer Queen Progress

 

Step 3: Make the girl’s upper body.

Make a smaller ball in your preferred skin tone and roll it out in an s-shape. Attach one half to the waist section of your legs, using your fingers and tools to smooth out the connecting area. Create hips and indentations for the stomach in this area.

Take two tiny clay balls and attach them to the upper half of the s to form breasts. Smooth them out to form a more natural teardrop shape. Above the breasts, carve out the clavicles and neck.

Step 4: Create the head, arm and antlers.

Another small ball of clay can be made into a head using your tools to shape out cheeks, eye hollows and a chin. Make the girl’s right arm in the same way you made the legs, but the indentations will serve as her elbow and wrist. Attach both parts to the body and refine the pose.

Taking several tiny pieces of clay, shape out a nose and lips, altering the shapes to your liking once they’ve been attached to the head. Use very small pieces of black clay to create eyes and brows, then make antlers by attaching cylindrical pieces of clay to the top of the head.

 

Deer Queen Progress

 

Step 5: Add clothes and the opposite arm.

Take a very thin piece of clay and make ruffles by folding one portion of clay next to another. Once you have enough ruffles to cover the girl’s chest, set down the clay and use a cutting tool to pinch off one side of the material. This end can be placed against the girl to serve as her top.

Roll out another arm and place it so the girl’s hand is over her chest. You don’t need to create the upper arm since it’s covered by the top in this pose.

To make the skirt, use the same technique as you did for the top, but place the clay directly against the girl’s hips and use a tool to vary the size and shape of the ruffles. Pinch the remaining material off when complete. Tiny strips of black clay can be used to add a panty line.

Step 6: Shape hair, paint details, add flowers.

Pick a color for the girl’s hair and start shaping chunky, squiggly lines. Think of the hair as segments that you’ll layer around and on top of the face. Once you have a shape you want to use, take a sharp tool and make lines in the clay to mimic individual strands of hair. Set the pieces against the head and repeat this process until you have a completed look.

Take a small paintbrush and add red chalk to it. Add blush to the girl’s face, lips and areas where the body creases (knees, hips, etc). Use gold to overlay the antlers. The flowers are made by rolling tiny sections of clay together and then squishing each segment into the next. Use a tool to connect them at the crown of the girl’s hair.

 

Deer Queen Progress

 

Step 7: Bake the figure, add epoxy and attach hanger.

Look up the recommended time and temperature you should use to bake your clay. Fimo does best around 260 degrees for 45 minutes. Bake your figure for this amount of time.

Once finished, Lay down a glob of epoxy resin/hardener over the wall mount where you want your deer queen and set her on top of it. Take a popsicle stick and drip more of the epoxy on and around your figure. Add a picture hanger or wire hook to the top of your piece with more epoxy.

Let dry for 24 hours, then hang your lovely fawn on the wall!

Rhylan Dane

Rhylan Dane

Formerly a freelance copywriter, Rhylan now manages Armorbelle and creates marketing thingamajigs for personal clients. She has wanted to be a pirate since the age of 3, and although she still has no idea how to sail, she’s become very adept at stabbing and plundering.
Rhylan Dane

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