If your child enjoys playing with toy soldiers, he may become frustrated if one of his soldiers becomes lost or misplaced. Instead of spending a lot of money replacing the missing soldiers, you can make your own plastic soldiers using polymer clay. With the polymer clay, you can create a mould of the existing soldiers that you have, with which you can cast as many plastic soldiers as you desire. This allows you to customise the soldiers to suit your preferences.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Polymer clay
- Clay wire
- Soldier figurine
- Aluminium cookie tray
- Metallic acrylic paint
- 2 paintbrushes
- Clear acrylic glaze
Form 454gr. of polymer clay into a sphere. Select any colour clay you prefer.
Cut the clay sphere in half using a clay wire. Press the wire straight down onto the ball to slice it into two halves with a clean cut.
Place a soldier figure in between the two clay halves, then press them back together again. Peel the halves back apart and remove the figure. This will leave behind an exact impression of the soldier figure.
Place the two clay halves onto an aluminium cookie tray with the impression side facing up. Bake the clay halves in an oven at 93.3 degrees C-Fahrenheit 10 minutes. Let the halves cool for 30 minutes. This will create a hard mould.
Press polymer clay into the impression, using any colour you prefer. Press the two halves back together, and press them together firmly. Pull the halves apart again to reveal a moulded plastic soldier.
Peel the soldier out carefully, and place it onto the aluminium baking tray. Bake the soldier at 93.3 degrees Cor 10 minutes, then allow the soldier to cool for 30 minutes.
Paint the plastic soldier using metallic acrylic paint. Select any colour of metallic paint you prefer. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes.
Paint the plastic soldier with a coating of clear acrylic glaze. This will protect the paint and will give the solider a glossy sheen. Allow the soldier to dry for 20 minutes before playing with it.
Tips and warnings
- Keep paints and glazes out of the reach of children. Not all paints and glazes are non-toxic.
- Keep hot baking trays and hot clay away from children, which can cause serious and severe burns on the skin upon contact.
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