Monday, July 28, 2014

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman? Polymer Clay Olaf Tutorial


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.


Supplies

  • 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)

Process


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.





If necessary condition more clay and roll out to 1/16" for Olaf's open mouth. Cut out Olaf's open mouth (including his teeth) and place it over your rolled out black clay.  Using your clay tool or box cutter gently cut out a replica of the mouth from the black clay.



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.


Form the first two balls into 1/4" thick discs and size and shape using your coloring sheet. Flatten the third ball to 1/4" thickness and shape with the bottom of Olaf's head - from the cheeks down.  Half the last ball of clay and shape to the top third of Olaf's head - see below. Blend the top and bottom half of using your finger tips with gentle pressure.  The clay blends easily with just the heat of your finger tips by rubbing in a downward motion from the top section to the lower section across the line where they are joined.  Take three additional bits of white clay to make Olaf's eyes and teeth, again use your coloring sheet for measuring.  Don't forget Olaf's feet - use your remaining white conditioned clay and form his feet.


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.

Place the pan in the preheated 275 degree oven for 20 minutes.  When you remove him let him cool for about a half hour.

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.


I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and would love to see your Olaf.  You can post a picture in the comments on on my Disney Donna Kay Facebook Page.  As for the original Olaf, he's away on his European Vacation with DIStherapy.  Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to follow their adventures.

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!!
Donna Kay


25 comments:

  1. Donna this is so cute and looks easy enough I could do it! Thanks for posting this we LOVE Olaf!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Julie, it is much easier than it looks - anyone could do it.

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  2. Donna Kay, he is adorable! And I absolutely love your step by step tutorial!!

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    1. Thanks Beth! I think he turned out pretty good. I am thinking of making him smaller for Lexi and Tripp to use as a Christmas ornament this year. :)

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  3. My daughter would love to make one of these! I'm also going to share this with my art teacher sister. Great craft for the older kids!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I am sure she could do much better than I did, but it was a really quick and fun project.

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  4. What a wonderful job you did Donna! I've always wanted to work with polymer clay but have been intimidated by it. Now I want to run out and buy some! Great tutorial Donna!

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    1. Thanks Amy! I had only worked with clay once before I made Olaf for Didi, and that was 10 years before. He came together pretty quickly and it was relatively simple to make. I will definitely be playing with clay more.

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  5. Wow! What a GREAT tutorial!! You did an amazing job! I love how you brought Olaf to life from bits of clay! I am pinning it and sharing it with my artsy friends. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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    1. Thanks Deb! I really had a fun time making him and now I am searching for my next clay project. This stuff is addicting!!

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  6. Awesome, he looks great and I love the step by step tutorial! Can't wait to make one of my own.

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    1. Thanks Sean!! I was pretty pleased with the way he turned out, and thanks to Didi I have a new craft obsession too!!

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  7. Wow you made that sound so easy! I almost feel like I could go out and tackle this. Great job with the descriptions and pictures (gotta love the pictures!!)

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    1. Lynn, I am a very visual person - I learn so much more by looking than by reading. I had lots more if you can believe it. He was a fun project, I will definitely be making a smaller version as a Christmas ornament for Ashley's tree.

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  8. That is so awesome, I love it - Thanks for sharing that great project.

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  9. Oh my goodness, you're so creative! This Olaf is adorable and I've been enjoying his European adventure.

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    1. Me too Cindy!! I am so happy that he and Didi had such a wonderful time!!

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  10. I LOVE this!!! Challenge accepted! Heading to Michael's for the materials tomorrow :)

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    1. Thanks Jodi!! I would love to see your Olaf when you are done!!

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  11. After reading how detailed his creation really was, I love my Olaf more than ever! I should add- for your readers' sake- that he withstood thousands of miles, extreme heat, and sand between his toes!! You are such an amazing friend to me Donna- you are a true treasure. xo

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    1. I'm the lucky one for sure :D!! I was thrilled to be a small part of your European Adventure!! Our friendship is truly a treasure!!

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  12. That is so darn cute, and it looks so easy. Another project to do with my mentees when school starts.

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    1. Thanks Kuleen! He was fun to make and I was pleased with the way he turned out.

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  13. I love this! Do you sell these in your store?! Since C-man will be missing school for a week this fall to head to WDW, I was thinking about doing something similar to this (or Flat Stanley) to keep him "learning" while we are there! I was going to rewrite Flat Stanley to be a story about Olaf and have C and Olaf journal about our trip!

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