Friday, October 8, 2010

Bootorial for the wee ghosties!

Told you... there's more to come.

The wee ghosties I showed you were white because I had to paint them. I had to paint them because I burned them. I burned them because the model clay, FIMO, I used was bought in Germany donkeys years ago and did not quite accomodate for gas marks. Boo. Hoo.

What I originally intended was this:

A badly taken picture of The Blob.
Or a glowinthedark ghost.

Wanna make your own Blob wee ghostie?
It couldn't be easier, promise.

What you'll need:

Some model clay (I was lucky enough to have glow- in- the- dark FIMO in my ancient stash), something to roll it out on, something to roll it out with, a headpin (or eye pin or some wire, whatever you have), a bead and, conveniently, some round- nose pliers. Don't have any? Never mind, I bet you can improvise.

So, what's the science behind summoning ghosts?

Take a little chunk of your modelling clay, soften it up, form a ball and flatten it real flat. Like...flat- flat. If you have a can of BUAV approved deodorant (the slim one many gals have in their purse anyway), that's great.
Use the lid to cut out a circle.

Now, thread the bead on your eye pin and punch it through the middle of your FIMO circle, like this:

Carefully coherse the FIMO disc around the bead. It will, if you do it gently enough, ghostify itself.

Now bang it in the oven to bake (if you burn it, you better have paint ready!!) and either use a thin sharpie marker or acrylic paint to give the wee bugger a face.

You can, if you have managed not to burn yourself or your ghosties, now attach them to some earwires and either give them away (as I will tomorrow to my bestest- loved colleague Barbara) or keep them for yourself.

See, told you it was easy!

You can make pendants, garlands, decorations, cat toys (okay, better not.) and favours.
Have fun, and let me know if you help growing the ghost population. I would absolutely LOVE to see yours, now that I've showed you mine!

I would like to thank my family, the academy, our postman and all the unnamed FIMO sweatshop workers who made all this possible.
And, on second thought, maybe even The Man whose eyes lit up yesterday when I started ghosting away, when I was a little embarrassed about my own pleasure about how well they turned out. He told me he loved them. And me.
If it wasn't for him, there'd be no wee ghosties.
Thanks, babe. I love you too.

Happy haunting!

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  1. I think I need to do a roundup of my favorite spooky stuff next week, and this will definitely be on the list!

  2. Stop spoiling me, woman! Last thing I need is blushing :D I've been stalking your blog for ages, and should my humble hut ever burn down, I know exactly who to turn to. Keep it coming! Here's to us,lass.

  3. That wee ghostie is unbelievably cute! I didn't realize how teeny from the first pictures. They are just lovable!

  4. Your wee ghosties are brilliant! I love that they glow in the dark! I have three black cats and live on Wye Mt., and a group of GFs all call ourselves 'the witches of wye' or WOWs -- the Halloween WOW is at my house this year -- I wish you were around to help me decorate! ;)

  5. SO cute! What a great "boo"torial!
    You should come link this up at my Making It With Allie party!

  6. Aww! What a sweetie
    I was just thinking when I read your previous post that they'd be fab all glow in the darky.
    Love your inventive use of tools!

    I use an acrylic rod but NOT a acrylic rod with the label 'caft roller'- just a rod from an acrylic supplier...masses cheaper ;op

  7. I cant believe how cute those are! They were super cute before I knew they were glow in the dark and that just sent them over the edge. Best Halloween craft Ive come across by far!

  8. G'day!

    I've made a slideshow to showcase my Hasbro "Kooky Spooky" ghost collection - plus some customized ones made of luminous FIMO, based on the creator's original, unused designs.

    Go to Photo Peach!

  9. Wow! This is unbelievable cute and very easy to make... I guess I'll be having my own wee ghostie!!! A very great accessory for the next halloween. still several months from now... haha. But that's fine. I'll be enjoying this!

  10. Hi again! I had to remake my "Kooky Spookys" slideshow after a huge data crash. It's now at