There is only one other hobby that comes close to my obsession with crafts, and that's reading! I was one of those crazy kids who got grounded from books for reading under the covers with a flashlight late into the night when I was supposed to be sleeping.
Despite countless recommendations from other bibliophiles, my husband and I both put off reading Hunger Games until this past month. We wanted to wait until as close to the movie coming out as possible because we knew we'd be hooked.
So, in honor of the movie release next Friday, I created my own version of the Mockingjay pin out of sculpey clay that Katniss wears in the book.
Here are the supplies & tools that I used:
|Gold Sculpey III Polymer Clay, Sculpey Clear Glaze, Fine Tip Permanent Markers|
|A sharp Exacto Knife, & Some Random sculpting tools that I have collected over the years. You can use whatever you have around. Toothpicks also work pretty well for details.|
Other things that you will need but aren't pictured are: a printer and paper, scissors, a laminator (optional), a baking sheet (that you use only for crafts), an oven, a pin finding, and glue (hot glue or Glossy Accents).
Here are step by step instructions so that you can make one, too!
|To begin, I found a photo of the pin and printed it out on my color printer to make a stencil from . I chose to laminate the image for stability, but that's completely optional.|
|Then I used scissors and my Exacto blade to carefully cut around the image to create a stencil.|
|Then I placed the stencil on top of the clay and pressed down gently to make sure it wouldn't move around.|
|Then I used the Exacto Blade to remove the inside cut outs first.|
|Here you can see that all of the inside parts have been carefully removed.|
|Then I cut around the outside of the pin, being careful not to push down on the stencil and distort the inside that's already cut out.|
|I took my Exacto knife and cut lines around the areas where the bird or arrow lay on top of the circle.|
|Then I cut away at the circle by putting my Exacto knife parallel to my baking sheet until it was half as tall as the other parts of the pin, so that it looks like the bird and arrow are on top of the circle.|
After the clay came out of the oven, I used the permanent markers to add some shading and details (which is optional, I almost this is looked nicer before the markers). Then I used Sculpey glaze over top of the pin to seal it and add the glossy look. Then flip the pin over and use a hot glue gun or preferably Glossy Accents glue a pin finding to the back.
Here is the finished product!
Hope you enjoy this tutorial and give making your own Mockingjay pin a try. And if you haven't read the Hunger Games yet, it's definitely worth a read!