I love making things with clay, although I often feel a little out of my depth, like the idea in my head is not what comes out in the end. Regardless softening and shaping the clay is very cathartic.
I immediately fell in love with these pins from Oh Happy Day. While I didn't print out her template, I followed her tutorial pretty carefully.
The differences: I used oven-bake clay instead of air dry. It's just what I had on hand. And I drew the shapes with a toothpick on the clay and then cut them out instead of using the templates. The free-hand look is really what I was going for. I especially love the askance ear on the fox. I also just smoothed down the edges with my fingers before baking instead of sanding the edges. Sanding would have given me a more polished look, but then I would have had to clean up the powdered clay I sanded off.
This was a really fun project. I love the way the faces came out on each of them. Although I did get frustrated with the bear's features when they weren't turning out right. In the end, that one was J's favorite and he's generally my litmus test for things, so I must have done OK.
I can't wait for jacket weather so I can wear these guys! They're a little on the heavy side and need to be pinned into a thicker material than the little summer tops I've been wearing.