Do you wanna build a snowman? Come on let's go play... I love this song from Frozen, and I love my Disney BFF Donna from DIStherapy. So when she asked me to create Olaf to carry along on her European Vacation how could I say no? While Olaf and Donna are away on their great adventure I will share a tutorial for making your own Olaf to take on your Summer Vacation adventures.
- Olaf Summer Coloring Page from Spoonful (2-3 copies)
- Sculpy Polymer Clay in White, Orange, Black and Brown
- Box cutter or Razor Blade
- Retractable Ink Pen
- Ceramic Tile or Glass
- Sheet of Parchment Paper
- Baking Pan
- Clay Tools (optional)
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. We will start with Olaf's nose - take a small amount of orange polymer clay and condition it - this is done by kneading the clay by pressing it flat, folding it over and repeating the process until the clay is warm and pliable. You will need a small ball of clay approximately the size of a pea.
Next pinch one side of your clay ball for form a cone shape and flatten it slightly. Next place your flattened cone over your Olaf's nose on your coloring page to check the size. If needed you can use your clay shaping tool to get the nose to the correct shape and put the carrot lines on his nose.
Next take about half of one section of the brown polymer clay and condition it. Make it into a small cylinder shape like the one below.
Using you hands slowly roll the cylinder to elongate it and make it thinner, roll until it is 12" long, in this case the width of the ceramic tile.
Using your coloring page as a guide cut the clay into pieces to make Olaf's hair and arms - including fingers and elbows. Make the arms and hair slightly longer than the picture so that you can insert them into Olaf's body.
Gently press the clay to attach the fingers and elbows to the arms being careful not to flatten them too much, repeat the process with the hair. To add the look of wood grain to the pieces gently roll the threads of the retractable pen over the clay.
Next roll out a marble sized ball of conditioned black clay to about 1/8" thickness. Using the end of your retractable pen cut two circles for the pupils of Olaf's eyes.
To create the Olaf's clay buttons condition another marble sized ball of clay and cut it into three sections using your razor blade or box cutter, using your finger shape them into three flat discs with rough tops using the coloring page as your guide.
Recondition the left over black clay from making Olaf's pupils and roll thinner about 1/16 an inch. Using the top of a marker cut two circles and place them on the coloring page where Olaf's eye sockets are, gently press them together just above where Olaf's nose will be.
Place your formed pieces into a preheated 275 degree oven for 15 minutes on an old baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Meanwhile remove a 3 section square of the white clay and cut it into 4 equal sections. Condition each one individually.
Using the top section of Olaf's head cut out from the coloring page make sure the head is trimmed to he correct size and smoothed. By this time your baked pieces should be finished and cooled.
It's now time to build our snowman. The wonderful thing about polymer clay is it adheres to itself as it bakes, so there's no need for additional adhesives. Using your coloring sheet and place all of your body parts being sure they are butted up against each other snugly. The gently place your baked eyes, nose and mouth pieces onto Olaf's head, then gently push your baked hair and arms into the clay in the proper places. Then it's time for his coal buttons.
Now is when Olaf really comes to life, his eyebrows and teeth are added, and I take a small piece of white clay and roll it into a snake (like you did for Olaf's arms) to form a lip and cheeks. The lip should slightly overlap the teeth and black open mouth of Olaf. This will add dimension to the face and make him appear more lifelike.
Gently lift Olaf in one piece to place onto an old baking sheet covered with parchment.
Now Olaf is all ready for summer vacation!! I did spray him with a glossy clear sealant - but that is totally optional, but personally I like a glossy finish.
Be sure to hop along on the Frozen Blog Hop, the links are listed below and a special Thank You to Deb from Focused On The Magic for hosting!!
Have a Magical Day!!