I made these little stud earrings featuring Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle as part of a festive craft swap with two schoolfriends. The other item was my Up cross stitch. The brief was that the items were to be tiny and based on a list of our top ten films that we sent each other. In case you’re not familiar with Ghibli here’s a picture of Calcifer.
You will need:
- Red, orange, yellow, white and black Fimo, or other brand of polymer clay. I used translucent Fimo for the main colours as I think this gives a better finish, but opaque would look nice too.
- Fimo varnish (optional)
- Craft knife
- Plain stud backs
- Strong glue
- Preheat oven to about 100C, or follow instructions on packet.
- Roll a thin tube of yellow Fimo, about 2mm in diameter and a couple of centimetres long.
- Make a flat square of orange Fimo, as long as your yellow tube and about a millimetre thick. Loosen from your work surface and roll around your yellow tube, cutting off any excess and rolling until smooth.
- Make a slightly larger square of red Fimo, about 1.5mm thick. Roll around your orange tube.
- Cut cross-sections with a very sharp craft knife. Shape them so that they are a bit more tear shaped.
- If you want, cut little indents in the sides so they look less perfectly round.
- Clean your fingers on a little waste white Fimo and then roll very tiny spheres of white Fimo. They really should be minuscule, about 0.5mm across. Squash into place.
- For the pupils and mouths, roll a tube of black Fimo as thin as you possibly can.
- Cut off tiny bits for Calcifer’s pupils. Carefully position in the centre of his eye and squash into place.
- For the mouths, either use lines from the black tube. Making round mouths also looks cute but forming the black rings is incredibly fiddly! If you want to make these into dangly earrings, make little holes at the top at this stage.
- Bake for about 30 mins. Leave to cool completely. I often leave mine in the switched-off oven.
- If desired, varnish.
- Glue carefully to your posts and you’re done!