Happy Star Wars Day, everyone!
In honor of this wonderful, nerd-tastic occasion I decided to make this adorable Ewok charm that I made into a necklace featured in the picture above, and better yet, I’m going to show you how to make one for yourself! Because who doesn’t love an Ewok? Seriously, they’re little Teddy Bear people who live in trees, what’s not to love?
This Charm will be made from wonderful Polymer clay and if you haven’t used polymer clay before, then you’re opening yourself to a wonderful world of crafting where all of your geeky dreams come true. Polymer Clay is very affordable and easy to work with.
We all know that Ewoks can come in many different colors, but for simplicity’s sake, I’m going to base this charm on Wicket. Who is in–in my opinion–the best Ewok, because he stars in all of those lovely/cheesy spin-off movies that I watched as a kid.
- Polymer clay in the following colors (I use Sculpey brand)
- Red, Orange or Rust (whichever you can find)
- Brown/Dark brown
- 1 Eye Pin
- Wax or parchment paper, or aluminum foil (to cover your work surface)
Clay Rolling pin
1. Getting Started:
- Cover your work surface with wax paper (you can use parchment, aluminum foil or printer paper if you don’t have wax paper) to cover and protect your work surface
- Knead your brown clay like play doh so it’s soft, flexible and easy to work with.
2. The Body:
- Roll your brown Clay into a little charm-size ball for the chubby Ewok Body. Basically not too small to add detail, and not too big to hang on a chain.
- Roll 2 tiny ovals of Brown clay for little Ewok feet and stick them on the bottom of your Ewok Body. Press gently to make sure the feet will stick.
- Roll a small amount of tan color clay into a ball and flatten it out with a roller or your finger to make the fur for the face and place the “fur” where you want your face to go.
3. The Ewok Hoodie (because I don’t know what the heck you call those things that they wear over their heads)
- Take your rust color clay and roll it into a small ball (about half the size of the body) either roll it out with a mini rolling-pin or flatten it with your fingers (like I did).
- Take a toothpick and stick it in the bottom half of your flattened clay and twist it around to make a hole for the face to look through.
- Place the “Hoodie” over the body–you may have to alter it to make it the right size by cutting the edges with a knife or toothpick. You can also stretch the clay to make sure the face is visible (I like my Ewoks with a lot of cheek showing)
- Once the Garment is placed, roll two little “snakes” out of brown clay and stick them on the sides of the body to make arms
4. Ears and Face
- Use a toothpick to make little indentations where you want the ears to go
- Roll little balls out of tan clay to make teddy bear-like ears and press them into the toothpick dents that you made.
- Use your toothpick as a pen to draw a face on the clay–this will be your guide for placing the sculpted facial features
- Make two little balls for eyes, one ball for a nose and a little snake for the mouth. I used black clay for the eyes and brown for the nose and mouth. Portion-wise, I made the eyes slightly bigger than the nose and the mouth just slightly wider than the nose. you may have to eyeball-it (no pun intended..or was it?) and play around with it a little.
- Insert sculpted features into the face of your charm according to your guide. TIP: I put my facial features in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Freezing clay makes it nice and firm and allows you to push it into the clay without squashing it.
5.Texture and finish
- You may add a furry texture to your Ewok by drawing little lines with your toothpick on the face and ears.
- Gently smooth out any edges with your finger.
- Stick an eye pin into the top of your charm. You can find Eye pins at any craft or jewelry supply store (I get mine at Hobby Lobby)
6. Bake him!
- Bake your little Ewok according to your clays instructions to set the clay and make it hard.
You’re done! You can put your little adorable charm on a necklace or bracelet chain, or you can skip the eye pin all together and make it an adorable desk buddy. Thanks so much for following my tutorial and May the 4th be with you!
Check out more of Laina’s work by visiting her ETSY page filled with polymer clay creations!
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