I was searching for projects for my sculpey class and I came across this link. I was inspired by the little guy’s face in the middle and thought he needed some buddies. I made a sample and sure enough the kids in my class were inspired as well. I love the babies they made. On the back is a small round magnet so they can go right on the fridge. So cute.
My class has an age range from 5 to 10. Everyone was successful. We first made a ball for the face, followed by flattened balls for the eyes and skinny snakes for the mouths. The nose is a ball of sorts. The kids had free range on the hair. Most of them tried to create mini versions of themselves. It was fun trying to get the hair to look curly.
It’s been over three years since I created Alien Army. Since then, I have created over two hundred unique Alien Army figures for kids of all ages to enjoy. Their mission is simple, to save the universe one planet at a time. This year, my goal is to make Alien Army a household name. In the meantime, however, I made a larger scale Alien Army figure for Gigi to play with. I can’t wait to hear her say “ooooh” when she sees it. It’s about three inches tall, which is pretty big compared to the originals, which are only about an inch.
I chose to make an alien but you can make anything using this technique. It’s great because you can make larger sculptures without using too much sculpey. First, mold the tin foil into the shapes you will need for your figure. You can make one big shape or individual shapes that stick together later, like I did above. Mold the tinfoil just like you would the clay. It doesn’t have to be exact. When you start placing the sculpey you can add whatever details you need. For mine I made two tinfoil balls about an inch each and a disc for the cap part. Then I covered each in a thinnish layer of pink sculpey. I pressed them all together and then pressed the figure down on the table so it would form a flat bottom. I like my aliens to be able to stand.
Then I added all the details with small balls in different sizes. I baked her in the oven at 275 for about 20 minutes. Now she’s hard as a rock and waiting patiently for Gigi to get home. Yay.
This particular alien is a member of the Hatfield family. She has a few brothers and sisters, a mom and a dad. I hope to make the whole collection on this scale over the next few days. Her one inch counterparts will soon be available on my etsy shop, along with this super cool Alien Army poster.
I had some very sweet friends over today for a gnome day. (age 8) We made gnomes and mushrooms from sculpey and then created gardens for the them to live in. Really fun project. I got everything from Michael’s which is around the corner from my house. Reason enough to never move.
And this is why crowdspring rocks. Thanks to Norbert Demeter for the amazing design. Poster coming soon.
I teach a sculpey class after school twice a week. It’s been a few years now, so coming up with new ideas can get a little rough. I want to do a checkerboard with the kids but decided 25 kids at once and no assistant making checkerboards equals not so much fun. So I nixed that idea for a simple Tic Tac Toe board. Instead of x’s and o’s we just made round discs in two different colors. The kids really liked them. It will be fun to watch them play with them after they are baked. The boards, not the kids. Ha. I’ll probably find some small mesh drawstring bags to hold all the pieces or Altoid tins maybe. Fun project and really simple for all ages. I have kids 5-12 in my class.
Some of the kids opted to make Alien Army instead. I really like this one. After 200 it’s always nice to see a fresh shape.
My 88 year old grandmother, Gigi’s great grandmother, came to visit today, along with Uncle Teddy. I decided to bust out the sculpey and see if there were any takers. Before long, me, Ev, gram and Ted were sitting around the kitchen table listening to the Louis Armstrong channel on Pandora, making Alien Army. It was pretty awesome. My collection is now up to 225. Suhweet.
And heading to a kindergarten class near you.
Since my obsession has reached gargantuan proportions, in order to leave our home, you have to make Alien Army. Some resist more than others. Most find out they want to make more than one. As was the case here, with my cousin Ted. He busted out with FOUR new Alien Army recruits taking us to 203!!!! Woo hoo! Of course now I want to make 500 but that’s neither here nor there. Well done Ted!
While Ted made his guys, I set the other 199 up perfectly equidistant apart and then put them into groups of ten, followed by choosing our favorites. Can you say OCD?
Ted was concerned some of the guys don’t look as nice from the back as they do the front. He assured me his next group will be equally intricate on the back side as well. Phew.
I admit, I did get bored for like a second the other night while making Alien Army. I just needed to switch it up for a minute so I got out a skewer and turned some of my dudes into beads. The result is pretty fab. I can’t wait to wear this the first week of kindergarten. The kids will go bonkers.
I just don’t really want to do anything else. It’s too awesome making these guys. So in between being a wife, a friend, a teacher, and blogger, I am ferociously creating Alien Army dudes till midnight almost every night. Is that normal? Does it matter? NO. I must go on. Besides, I want to have 200 by the end of the month. All help welcome. In fact, Ev helped with this little guy. I love him.