Zenzerillo: Decorazione in Pasta Sintetica
Esistono diversi brand di pasta sintetica, mi trovo molto bene con il Fimo® e quindi lo propongo per questo tutorial indicandone i colori usati, ovviamente qualunque altro brand da voi preferito può essere utilizzato, importante è che per la cottura finale rispettiate le indicazioni sulla confezione del marchio prescelto.
There are many different polymer clay brands, the one I prefer is Fimo and so this is the one I use here, of course you may use the brand you like the most, please follow the curing temperature according to the brand used.
E’ un po’ lungo… ma non difficile, ho preferito mettere tanti passi così che possiate realizzarlo anche insieme a dei bambini aiutandoli nella manipolazione in sicurezza delle lame.
This tuto is quite long… I know but it’s easy, I preferred to use one little step more than one little step less in order to make it as easy as I could since I would like this Zenzerillo could be enjoyed also by children and you may help expecially helping them using blades in a safe way.
MATERIALI E ATTREZZI:
Fimo Soft. Cod. FM10697 (rosso natale), Fimo Soft cod. 53 (verde), Fimo Soft cod. 0 (bianco), Fimo Professional cod. 17 (ocra), Fimo Soft cod. 9 (nero), stuzzicadente, carta forno, rullo, lama dritta, lama ondulata, cutters di qualunque forma purchè in tre dimensioni a scalare (grande L, media, M, piccola S), bulini di circa 1,5 e 3 mm, bisturi.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Fimo Soft. Cod. FM10697 (Christmas red), Fimo Soft cod. 53 (green), Fimo Soft cod. 0 ( white), Fimo Professional cod. 17 (ochre), Fimo Soft cod. 9 (black), toothpick, oven paper, roller, straigh blade, wave blade, cookie cutters in any shape you have, the only thing that matter is that the shape you use comes in three different sizes (Large L, Medium M, small S),
ball pointed tools 1/16′ and 3/32′, x-acto knife
NOTE: It really doesn’t matter which shape you use, what matter is that the shape comes in three different decreasing sizes because we are looking not for a shape but for a ‘quantity’
Passo 1 – Corpo: Stendere una sfoglia di circa 3 mm (massimo spessore se usate la macchina per la pasta) di colore ocra. Con il cutter di dimensione grande ‘L’ tagliate una forma. Con quello di dimensione media ‘M’ tagliate due forme, con quello di dimensione piccola ‘S’ tagliate due forme. Nota: Se non trovate il colore ocra lo potete creare facilmente mescolando poco marrone e giallo per volta a del bianco fino a che otterrete la gradazione preferita.
Step 1 – Body: roll a 1/8′ thick sheet of ochre (if you use a pasta machine : the thickest one) . Cut one L-shape, two M-shapes and two S-shapes
Note: If you don’t have Fimo ochre colour you can easily get it mixing some yellow and brown to white clay untillyou get the ochre tint you like.
Step 2 – Body: model the L-Shape into a ball first, then flatten it.
Step 3 – Body: model both the M-shapes into a ball first, then into a long drop. Do the same with the two S-shapes.
Step 4 – Body: lay down all the shapes you modelled as shown in the picture, check both the legs and the arms have the same size and shape.
Step 5 – Body: press the upper part of the legs together to join them, leave the bottom parts loose.
Step 6 – Body: do the same as step 5 with the arms, try to include the upper part of the legs inbetween the arms while pressing.
Step 7 – Body: turn the body on its back and then smooth the junctions until they disappear by your thumb fingertip as show in the picture.
Step 8 – Body: turn the body on its front and then press the head on the top of the body.
Step 9 – Buttons: roll a 1/8′ thick sheet of red and cut two equal small bits, a straw will be a perfect tool to do this.
Step 9 – Buttons: model each tiny bit into a tiny ball.
Step11 – Buttons: place the tiny balls onto the body as shown in the pic.
Step 12 – Buttons: flatten the balls by a flat or convex ended point tool… a pencil will work great.
Step 13 – Buttons: make two tiny holes by a toothpick and the buttons are ready!
Step 14 – Hat: roll a 1/8′ thick sheet of red and cut a M-shape, then model it into a ball first and then into a drop.
Step 15 – Hat: flatten the bottom of the drop to get a cone then flatten the cone to get a triangle.
Step 16– Hat: bend the base of the triangle then pinch a little all the corners and bend the one on the top… look at next pics , I’ll show you more details on how to do this step.
Step 16a – Hat: bend the lower base of the triangle by your thumb fingertips and pinch the corner at the same time.
Step 16b – Hat: bend the upper corner downward.
Step 17 – Hat: impress some grooves by the toothpic pointed end to add a more realistic folded appearance to the hat.
Step 18 – Hat: roll a 3/32′ thick sheet of white and cut a 2 3/4′ long strip
Step 19 – Hat: put the red hat on the top of Zenzerillo head making it adhere perfectly and then hide the junction by the white strip all around the head..
Note: if you get some dust or dirt onto your clay you can clean it wiping off the dirt by a wet wipe
Step 20 – Face: Now that we know exactly which face part is not hidden by the hat we can start to ad more details. Let’s start with a smile: press something sharp and rounded on the face of the size you like the smile should be. If you dont’ have a small round cutter dont’ worry, look for a ‘round part’ embedded into a bigger shape as I did: I used part of a heart shape.
Step 21 – Face: Press a tiny dell at the nose place by the 3/32′ ball pointed tool.
Step 22 – Face: Press two tiny dells at the eyes place by the 1/16′ ball pointed tool – Note: these dells are not simply a place holder but they will help to get a wider contact surface to make the eyes and nose adhere better to the face.
Step 23 – Face: Model a tiny white ball (or the colour you prefer), this will be the nose, then model two tinier balls from two equal bits cutted from a tiny strip of black clay.
Step 24 – Face: Let these little balls fall into their place in the previously made dells.
Note: if you want to get an even stronger adherence put a tiny dot of Fimo® liquid into the dells before placing the balls.
TIP: If you don’t like a too smooth surface you can add a ‘cookie’ texture to Zenzerillo body just dabbing the surface by a brush with hard bristles . If you like this texture make it before adding too many details.
Step 25 – Scarf: roll a 3/32′ thick sheet of white and cut a 4′ long and 3/8′ wide strip. Roll a thinner sheet of green clay and cut ten little stripes 1/16′ wide, place these green stripes onto the white strip as shown in the picture.
Step 26 – Scarf: level the green and white clay with the roller, press gently
Step 27 – Scarf: cut off the exceeding green strips and straighten the scarf edges at the same time by a straigh blade cut
Step 28 – Scarf: fringe the scarf ends by a blade, an x-acto knife or small scissors
Step 29 – Scarf: Rise gently Zenzerillo e put the scarf behind its neck
Step 30 – Scarf: place tha scarf as you prefer, than press it slightly to the body to make it adhere. Once cured the scarf will help a lot in strenghten the join between the head and the neck, usually this join is very frail due to the very small join surface. Note: If you wish to make this join stronger without the scarf help you should use a piece of toothpick hidden into the clay just as a ‘vertebral column’ when you place the head onto the the body.
Step 31 – Finishing touches: roll a thin sheet of white clay and cut 4 zig-zag stripes by the wave-blade.
Step 32 – Finishing touches: wrap each of these zig-zag stripes around the lower part of the legs and arms. Press gently to make them adhere and cut off the exceeding part. According to how you will use your Zenzerillo place the strip join in the place you think will be more hidden.
Step 33 – Finishing touches: use the toothpick point to make some tiny random circles on the surface. You will get a messy-furry surface a little bit different from the one we get with a different techinque here
Step 34 – Finishing touches: Last step! Add a small white ball on the top of the hat-top and texture it as well as you textured the hat edge at step33.
Now you can cure the clay at 230 F for at least half an hour.
IMPORTANT NOTE: if you used a different clay brand than Fimo® then please refer to the curing instructions of the brand used.
Finished! I’ve added a little candy cane as decoration and to strenghten the whole figure, the more pieces you tie together the more strong the whole figure is .
Next tutorial will be on Candy Canes 🙂
NOTA : Questo piccolo Zenzerillo potrete impiegarlo come decorazione per l’albero (inserendo un gancetto prima o dopo la cottura) o segnaposto (basterà aggiungere una base per tenerlo in piedi) o come chiudipacco incollato con un po’ di colla a caldo sul nastro del pacchetto o… lascio alla vostra fantasia !
NOTE : You may use Zenzerillo as Christmas tree decoration (insert a little metal hook before curing the clay o glue one after curing) or as a table place holder (just add a base to keep it standing on its feet) or to decorate a gift gluing it to a ribbon or… it’s just up to your fantasy !
Dedicato ai bambini e bambine di tutte le età che nelle fiere a cui ho partecipato con dimostrazioni di Fimo® hanno tanto apprezzato sia le dimostrazioni stesse che Zenzerillo , grazie!
Dedicated to all the children (of every age 🙂 ) I met at fairs during this 2017 that have join my Fimo® demonstrations with so much enthusiasm and love Zenzerillo too, Thank you!
“Zenzerillo: Decorazione in Pasta Sintetica” di Manuela P. Michieli è distribuito con Licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione – Non commerciale – Condividi allo stesso modo 4.0 Internazionale.
Based on a work at https://manuelamichieli.com/tutorial/zenzerillo-natalizio-2017/.