I’m the sort of person who loves to make things by hand rather than pay for them. I spend a lot of time on YouTube watching tutorials on different crafts such as nail art, hair, make-up, sewing and my latest obsession: polymer clay. I found that it wasn’t too expensive to buy so I took the plunge and bought some. I was a bit upset that I hadn’t seen any other people making Moomin characters out of them so I tried it myself. The clay goes a long way, especially if you make things that are small - they are more intricate but look cuter (and are more cost effective!). Here are a few of my clay Moomin creations that I’ve made in the last week:
Here is the Groke holding the heart next to a 50p coin so you can see how big it is. The eyes are absolutely tiny and took me a while to perfect, but overall I’m quite proud of it except that it has a few marks in because my clay attracts a lot of dirt. However, it’s my favourite image of her in the 90s TV series, and I even got my fiancÃ© Tomm to make it into a vinyl decal so I could decorate my Mac and it looks like she’s holding the Apple logo:
Next I made the Hattifatteners (who never travel alone). I was planning on making them in their boat but I thought they’d look a lot cuter in the Hobgoblin’s hat.
My final pieces have been miniature books that I’ve made into a charm bracelet. What I love so much about the Moomin books is that there are SO many publications, meaning different covers. The publications vary in each country, and so far I only have all of the 1970 vintage book collection. I’ve almost completed my hardback collection, which are the most recent publications but they’re not necessities for me. I got Tomm to scan in the front and back covers, then he changed the size of them in Photoshop so they could be printed out onto photo paper. They look absolutely adorable but I just wish I hadn’t used as much gloss as it made them smudge a little bit. They look better in person - the vintage Moominvalley in November is perfect:
A lot of people have given me positive feedback for everything I’ve made on Twitter and Facebook, which I really appreciate. I’ve already got people asking me to sell them so I’m going to open an Etsy shop with them and maybe put a few on eBay too - but only when I get back from Finland on August 3rd. Next week I’ll probably start making a lot of them so they’re ready to sell.
Thanks for reading and don’t forget that I go to Finland on July 27th, which is only ten days away. I probably won’t blog there but I’ll post a lot on Twitter as usual.