This polymer clay leprechaun is easier to make than you think!
Polymer clay is one of my favorite mediums to work with.
If you have never worked with it before, be sure to check out the tips and techniques: Polymer Clay page (a new window will open). These step by step directions will show you how easy it is to create this spirited little character.
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2. Next make the ball for the leprechaun's face by rolling the clay in your hands. How big it is depends on how big you want the pin to be. I made mine about the size of a nickel.
3. Next you want to poke
some deep holes for the eye sockets. Within these holes we will be
putting in tiny clay balls for the eyes. Find a tool to use, like a
pencil tip, toothpick, a fingernail cuticle stick, or the back of a
paintbrush to poke the holes.
6. For the eyes, roll
two tiny white balls, two tiny green or blue balls, slightly smaller
than the white, and two more very tiny balls of white for the "sparkle"
of the eyes. Assemble these together to make the eyes. Use a toothpick
to pick up the small balls, this helps greatly. Then, place the eyes
into the sockets. Presto! You have the eyes in!
8. To make the polymer clay leprechaun beard, I used a garlic press. Once you use a kitchen tool for polymer clay it should never be used again for food. A clay gun also works well. If you don't have these tools, you can also make the hair by rolling a long thin red snake, and then cutting it in little pieces. This works just as well.
For the garlic press technique, roll a soft red ball of clay and place it in the garlic press. Push it through, then use a blade to cut off the little hairs. Place each hair on the leprechaun for the beard. A toothpick helps pick up and place each hair.
12. If desired, brush a coat of polymer clay glaze on the leprechaun to protect it and give it sheen.
13. Once dry, hot glue
or superglue the pin backing to the polymer clay leprechaun.