Hey, guys! So, today I'm going to be teaching you how to make a Hunger Games mockingjay pin replica. Though my clay looks really dark, it's more orange-y than this. You may notice I have red-orange-yellowish-colored clay rolled out (0:22), and that's for a few reasons: I'm not using gold clay because I feel that it's not a good representative. Gold, in real life, is not sparkly, yet the gold Sculpey clay is crumbly and sparkly, and I don't like the sparkles. So I'm not using that. And I'm also not using gold Sculpey clay because it looks funky on camera and it doesn't pick up detail and everything. I'm probably going to go over everything with gold paint anyway, so it doesn't matter.
I have a large woodsie that I'm going to be using to cut out my large circle, and I have a smaller circle cookie cutter to cut out the center of the large circle. Let's just go ahead and get started...
I rolled the Sculpey clay out of my pasta machine on around number 1. It's a Sculpey pasta machine and "1" is its largest/thickest setting. I'm using my X-Acto knife to cut the clay out, so I'm going to go ahead and cut a circle out...and then you can go ahead and peel away the excess clay if you like - you could leave it as one, but I peeled it.
District 1: Sculpey Clay Circle
Then I'm going to take my cookie cutter and line it up in the center of the clay circle. You may have to go and stand over it...that should be perfectly good, perfectly fine. And I'm just going to push all the way down. You want to push out the center circle, and NOT pull off the ring itself, or else you could distort it (the Sculpey ring). If the clay ring does stick to the cookie cutter, just use your X-Acto knife. If the ring is not completely even, that's okay. You can go back in with your cookie cutter and cut a little bit more of the Sculpey clay out. I'm going to make an even circle and come back...Now I have my clay ring cut out (3:02) and I put it to the side, moving it over really gently so it doesn't get messed up or anything.
District 2: Sculpey Clay Ring
Now I take my mockingjay template. This is just a picture of the mockingjay that I got online that I made sure fit (in the ring). And I rolled my Sculpey clay out on a thinner setting than before. I push the mockingjay cutout down into the clay so that the template doesn't rise while I'm cutting, and make sure the mockingjay is completely set in the Sculpey. Now I'm going to cut around the template, and I'll be right back...Here is my mockingjay that I cut out of the Sculpey clay (4:01), and I took the cover pic off of it.
District 3: Hunger Games Clay MockingJay and Template
I grab my clay ring to see if it's large enough (for the mockingjay), and it definitely is large enough. So I'm going to add the details. To add details to your mockingjay, you need to look at the picture and see where you need to add your "applied clay." Applied clay is, basically, any add-on Sculpey clay that you want to build up on top of your little mockingjay pin replica. Applied clay would be for something like the edges of the wings. Also, applied clay would be for the little feathers. And on the head you would add the applied clay, because you would have to be adding a head. It would also be for the tail marks and built up a little on the body of the mockingjay, if you would like to build the Sculpey clay up there. So that's your applied clay...That's how I usually reference my clay and how to get it applied and whatever. So that's what I'm going to do now, and I'll be right back to show you what I have done...
District 4: Sculpey Clay Hunger Games Mockingjay
I'm about done with adding my applied clay (6:12), and I think I came pretty close to the original mockingjay template. But we'll see how it looks after texturing...I'll tell you what I basically did: for the wings, I added strips of the Sculpey clay; I just made snakes and followed the picture. I added a strip of clay on the tail as well. For the body I just made a thicker snake, turned it into a dome shape, and then added it. For the head - it's kind of hard to explain - I made another one of those cylinder shapes and pointed it off at the top. It may look like the mockingjay has 2 beaks, but the beak is open in the template picture so that's why I made it like that. I just opened the mockingjay's beak more so you guys could see it.
Now I'll show you how to texture the feathers on the wings. It's actually quite simple, but there's a technique to it...
District 5: Hunger Games Clay Textured Mockingjay
I'm done texturing the clay mockingjay. For the feathers, as you can see, I took my X-Acto knife and indented triangular marks into the Sculpey; I did all of one row, then all of another row, then another row. I did that for both wings. On the body I added really teenie texture marks with the X-Acto knife. For the tail, I flipped my knife over and made some scratch marks in the clay. Same for up near the head of the mockingjay. That's basically what I did for texture.
The next thing we'll be doing is making the arrow. So I'll show you how to make the arrow and then we'll attach everything and assemble it...
District 6: Gold Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin Replica
Here is my completed Hunger Games mockingjay pin replica, and this is how it turned out (8:23). I painted it with gold paint...For the arrow, I took an eye pin. My eye pin was already gold, which was pretty funny; if you don't have a gold eye pin, you can just paint it with gold paint. Then I just made 2 diamonds (from the Sculpey clay)...and attached one on either side of the tip of the eye pin. I made the diamond shapes kind of leveled out. Then I made a triangle kind of cone shape and added it to the other end of the eye pin. And I opened the mouth of the mockingjay, like it is on the cover of the book and on the actual (official) mockingjay pin. So this is my completed Hunger Games pin replica.
I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial, and I hope it wasn't too confusing. I probably have more Hunger Games tutorials coming up. If you guys want to see something related to story characters, maybe I can make a Mellark bakery character-themed craft, or I can make a Katniss Everdeen-inspired one, or I can make you guys charm bracelets. So, whatever craft you guys want to see from the Hunger Games, I can pretty much create whatever.
I can do Reaping Day, I can make the bread with the goat cheese that Gale and Katniss ate. And then I can create the glass bowl with all the names in it. I can do a paper with "Primrose Everdeen" on it that also has her blood mark on it. So, if you guys want to see that, I could do that. I could also make a bow and arrow for Katniss. So, whatever you guys want to see, I can possible create, depending on the skill level and how much time I have to make the tutorial.
This is one of many tutorials I hope to be showing you on Hunger Games-related things. So I hope you guys enjoyed this one, 'cause I enjoyed it and I really like how this mockingjay pin replica came out. Good luck, guys!