I’ve been craving some craft time recently and I also bought a new bottle of modelling clay softener. I finally had some time on my hands the other evening and it seemed that my stars had finally aligned.
This is what I ended up making.
I was originally going to make the mount more of a traditional frame shape, but then I thought that if you’re going to make a magical unicorn, you might as well go all the way and have it emerging from a rainbow heart featuring glow-in-the-dark stars. Here’s how I made it.
You will need:
- Fimo (or other modelling clay) in a variety of colours
- Craft knife
I always work on a piece of glass when I use Fimo. I recommend this as it can go straight in the oven.
How I did it:
- I started with a large-ish piece of white Fimo and made the basic shape for the head, based on Google image searches that I liked. I made the ears separately and modelled them on, as with the nostrils, which were very thin tubes that I shaped around the glass head of a pin.
- I did the horn next. I ummed and ahhhed for ages over whether to go for silver or gold.
- I started with a silver cone, then added the long, thin tube of glow-in-the-dark around it. I rolled it gently to ensure that the two parts were stuck together properly. As you can probably see in the first pic, I made a slight indentation in the forehead before adding the horn and pressed it in as firmly as I could without distorting it. It’ll probably fall off eventually, but I’ll just glue it back on.
- I began working on the base next. I began with a disc of blue slightly larger than the unicorn’s neck. I then wound cylinders of colour around and sealed them as neatly as I could.
- Once I finished with all the colours, I squished the colours together as so that there were no gaps. I began shaping the frame, first into an oval due to my original idea.
- Next, I carefully made the heart as well as I could without distorting the colours.
- At this stage, I flipped the base as I thought the side nearer the glass would be smoother. I blended the colours together and made a smooth surface.
- Next came the attachment process.
- I did the eyes next, starting with a small sphere of black that I cut in half. I placed them as evenly as possible.
- I popped some tiny white highlight on the eyes, then began working on the mane. The mane was made up of long, thin tear shapes of various sizes like these. I blended the different shades of pink myself.
- I placed them, using the glass-headed pin to help. I was worried at this stage that I wouldn’t like the mane.
- I wanted to cover the junction between the horn and the head, with no white showing. The hardest bit was probably getting the ‘parting’ to look neat. I used lots of small pieces to achieve this.
- Here it is before I baked it. I also made the stars using very long, thin tubes of glow-in-the-dark clay.
- I put my models in a cold oven, then switch it on to about 100C (remembering how crazily hot my oven gets). I leave them to bake for about 45 mins, until the clay feels quite firm to the touch. I then leave the model in the oven after I’ve switched it off. This is to try and make sure that the glass doesn’t crack.
- Here’s the finished product.