For over 4 years now I have had a load of polymer clay sat in my craft supplies that i’ve never really done anything with. The few attempts i’ve had at making things have never produced anything i’ve been happy to keep but damn that stuff is expensive so there was no way I would just get rid of it. I found use for it for this week though, in the form of a model Daryl Dixon.
I have recently started watching The Walking Dead and have taken a shine to its resident red-neck bad ass and to stall bankrupting myself on merchandise featuring his face I decided to have a go at making something. Normally my default go to would be to crochet something but I wasn’t feeling it and happened to come across my clay whilst in the zone. I searched online for a tutorial as I wouldn’t otherwise know where to start and found this one on youtube by Sugar Powdered Dreams.
It looked so simple! I beleived i’d have one done in no time. HA! Was I wrong. It took me over 4hours with many, many mistakes before I got to my finished Daryl. I think I made him too big, but I have no idea how I could have made him smaller. It was fiddly enough at the size I was doing! Not being a frequent user of polymer clay I didn’t actually have any of the right equipment but I did alright with what I did have, paperclips, plastic cake decorating tools, a craft knife and small wooden rolling pin. I couldn’t work out how to effectively blend the clay so his hair was restyled several times until I just gave up. I made the mistake of not wiping down my surface between colours or washing my hands every time meaning it all transferred on to everything, thankfully Daryl is a mucky person so it all passes of as in character. In fact I ended up adding more “dirt” to make it look deliberate.
He doesn’t look remotely like the one in the tutorial but I am happy with him. I’ve added a keychain so I can hang him up somewhere. Still unsure about using polymer clay but it was nice to do something different for a change.