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Learn to sculpt a miniature camera with polymer clay

Janirette Vazquez, Painter and Sculptor

Learn to sculpt a miniature camera with polymer clay

Janirette Vazquez, Painter and Sculptor

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11 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Working the clay

    • 4. Creating the body

    • 5. Creating the lens

    • 6. Creating texture

    • 7. Adding details - View finder and LCD display

    • 8. Adding details - Buttons

    • 9. Tips for the pictures and adding the glass lens

    • 10. Gluing the picture

    • 11. Last details and conclusion

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About This Class

 I've been working with polymer clay since 2010 creating mostly realistic miniature food to wear. I've learned a lot through trial and error and today I want to share what I've learned with you.

  In this class you will learn  the basics to create almost anything you can imagine. 

  • Molding, cutting, texturing and shaping 
  • Working with liquid clay
  • Incorporating different materials to polymer clay
  • Tips and advice throughout the class

You will create a Miniature Camera

Who can join this class? Recommended for intermediate to advanced but everyone can join! It's very basic and fun. 

Want to know more about my work? 


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Janirette Vazquez

Painter and Sculptor


My name is Jany and I am an artist from Puerto Rico currently living in Miami, Florida. I went to the school of fine arts of Puerto Rico (Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Diseño) where I discovered my passion for painting and sculpting which led me to create my very own business selling hand-sculpted miniature food jewelry with polymer clay online. I was then featured on numerous websites, magazines and online blogs. My pieces were featured in the Pee Wee Herman blog, Dominos Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts and even a Korean soap opera named Panda and Hedgehog. I've been working with polymer clay for 10 years and have been making tutorials on YoutTube for quite some time now.    


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1. Introduction: Hello, everyone. My name is Danny and immunized. I went to the School of Fine Arts and the signed of Puerto Rico, where my passion for traditional art school I used to own a very successful Etsy shop. And my work has been featured in websites like No Minutes, Pizza, Dunkin Donuts and the People We Herman Block. My work has been featured in magazines like Make Jewelry and Making Jewelry from the UK I have collaborated with companies like rail and land nickel artists. I've raising 1% color 8 10 crafts, to name a few my class. We hope you develop the skills to create super cute pieces and the techniques to create almost anything with Parliament. Come and have fun with me. And together this creates tiny masterpieces in no time in class. 2. Materials: Hello, guys. Welcome. And this glass, I'm going to show you how to make a tiny camera with polymer clay. In this case, we're going to replicate a cannon. This is one of my old cannons, and I'm showing you, um just for you to see the shape I'm using, This one asked reference If you don't have a camera like this, you can look at a picture on your phone computer or you can print out a picture if you want . So these are some of the materials that were going to use. Now you're going to need black polymer clay in this case, amusing. Also tile. I always like to see use a tile and have clear stepping block that I got from the dollar store. This one has agreed, and I really like to use it. It's because it's clear and we're also going to need a blade. I like to use the flexible one in Exacto knife. I like to use the sector knife because of the texture, too, and we're also going to use a smalling tool. I also have this thing right here. I don't remember where I got it, but it has a great texture, like the texture that the group of the camera has. So I'm going to use this, but you can use aluminum foil or something else that has a similar shape. Um, here we are using the camper tools. That's the name camper tool in the round shape. Okay, so I'm gonna be inserting a photo off other materials that were going to use in this class . I forgot to put them all in here, but we're also going to use a pastor roller or a clay machine. You're also going to need some mud parched dimensional magic. Some translucent liquid clay glass glaze from school Be a silver pen, small brush, nail tape in the color silver, A small heart cutter. You can just trace the heart on top of the clay and then cut it. And a very small else say, like, maybe five millimeters glass dome. This is generally used for jewelry making. People usually put a photo underneath the dome, and that's how they use it. In this case, we're gonna use it. Asked the lens for the camera 3. Working the clay: So we're going to take a piece of or clay and we're going to start working it, which is going to condition our clay that, um and that means that we're making it soft and pliable. And when when molding clay, this is really important. It's a really important step because during this will help us to create a shape easily and it will not have scenes or it would not crumble. So you want to do this until you feel that UK, it's very, very soft and pliable. What I like to do is I like to put it against my finger and then smash it and then keep doing it. Keep rolling it. Sometimes I even kind of like stretch it and fold it over and keep doing this until I get what I feel is very soft piece of clay 4. Creating the body: Once you're clay is ready, you want to take it and put it against your two hands doing a circular motion to create a ball. And if you do this and you get a seam on your bowl, do you just do this movement movement again and it will disappear? This is really important because this is going to be the body over a camera and we don't want that line showing, so you just roll it again until it disappears. Once it's ready, I'm going to take my acrylic block, and I'm gonna appreciate down because I wanted Teoh B flat. But even that's why I don't do it with my hands. If you don't have a clears, um, block like this one, you can use another tile, but as you can see, it looks even so. That's why I like doing this and has the grid. So I know like size and everything, so you just push down until you get your desired thickness. Now we're going to take our blade, and we're going to cut a rectangular shape. Now you can you want. This is very important step because this way you'll define the size of your camera, and if you want it a little bit smaller later, you can cut it off molded. So don't panic if it doesn't look right at the moment. Because this is something that we can fix later. Once it's caught, you want to smooth out the edges so it looks more natural. Doesn't look like we just caught it. So you can do this with your fingers, like I'm join your right here. Or you can do this with a tool. In this case, I have a smoothing tool that you can also use. It doesn't have to look perfect because we're going to get working it during, you know, the process. We're going to be adding some shapes on top and, for example, for the handle or for the flash. So we're going to keep working it and is going to keep losing its shape. So we have to keep working on it. You can always look at your camera for reference right here. You see that? We have kind of like a top, uh, rectangle shape. So I'm going to take another piece of clay and I'm going to cut it in that shape, and I'm going to put it on top. For me, it's easier this way. Some people maybe like to mold it from one piece. For example, you caught a rectangular shape, and then you can you start molding it from there. But for me, it's easier at this way. You just caught the additional shapes, and then you just molded into the original piece. So here, with my blade, I'm cutting kind of like a rectangle shape to put it in top on top to act like the flash. See, I'm going to just put it on top like this in the middle and then with my fingers, I'm going to start smoothing it out so it becomes one shape. So here I'm happy where the placement ISS because in this side, we're going to put the group of the camera. So I'm going to caught a really small rectangle, and then I'm gonna put it on top, and I'm happy with the size. So I'm gonna leave it like that. I'm gonna give some texture, but this tool, I I told you earlier that you can use aluminum foil, and I didn't give you any details. I know that sounded a little bit weird. But what I meant is that you can grab a little piece of aluminum foil and turn it maybe into a little ball or crumbled it and then stretching it, and then the texture that the aluminum foil Hoyle holds. You can put it on top of the clay, and it would imprint so it would look like like this texture. So, as you can see with polymer clay, we can use different tools. We just we don't We don't have to use a specific tools just for clay. You can use almost anything you have in your house that half a texture. For example, in this class, I'm going to show you how to use the Satel part that holds the blade that has a really nice texture, and we're going to use it for the lens. So it's it's It's Clay is a really cool thing to use. And the good thing is that you don't have to break the bank to start doing things with clay because you can use stuff from all over the house. So here I'm cutting a little piece, because I I felt that it was too big. And with the softening or I should said the, um is a molding tool, um, blending it with the with the bigger piece. So our little camera starting to take shape and it looks so cute already. So, as you can see, I keep working it during, um, this process. And if you see that it's too big or too small, you can add clay or you concoct play like in this case, I took the lower part off because I thought it will look too big. 5. Creating the lens: And now you want to take a really thick piece off clay, and we're going to make the lens here are marking where I want to put lens. So I'm gonna push down onto the clay and then you're this. Okay, so it looks perfect. Yeah, that's that looks like the right size. So you always want Teoh percent your piece on top of the camera to see if it's the right bigness. It is the right sides. If it looks good, it doesn't have to be perfect. Remember, we're doing this just to half fun, and it kind of looks cute. So it doesn't matter if it's, like, too big or too small. It's good. So you just try to have fun with this process and just put the things in the right place here on pushing the lens down so I could lose to the main part, which is the rectangle, the body, and you just have to get working it. Okay. Here, Um, I'm such a perfectionist. So here I feel like this is a little bit too big. So I'm cutting with the sex of life, and then you just want Teoh small the rough parts with your fingers. Okay, so that looks good to me. And now we're going to create one of the bottoms off the camera. I'm not going to do all of them, but this one is the main bottom, so it's very important. You just want to make a little ball and then smash it. You can do it with your fingers. In this case, I'm doing it with my acrylic block and then just put in it on top. Remember to keep molding shaping your camera alone, this process so it doesn't get too, um, you know, to bigger two deformed. We always want to keep, um, trying Teoh, maintain the shape. In case you're wondering this planning tool, it's from scoping. It comes in a package off three on their old different. This one has a bowl and and then this morning, tool on the other side. The other one has a very big bowl and then a different kind of smalling tool at the end. So here I took the lens out cause I'm going to create the ring that help us focus the camera. And at this point, I noticed that I should have put the dome inside the ring and then put it on top off the lens. But to be honest, that was an idea that I got later because I was planning to use the liquid scoping to make the lens like the clear like glass part. But then I thought it would look to cloudy because the liquid clay once big, it becomes a little bit wider, like like milky. And I just found the domes and I was like he had perfect. So if you have the dome right now, if you're going to use that, you should booted inside this ring right now and then put it on top of the lens. And that way it will be so much easier. So I'm going to use so steamy female liquid playing or liquid gel. But, um, you can use the translucent liquid scoping it works the same. I just I just have a preference, and I love this one so, so, so much, and this becomes more like it's clear the liquid school be. It's like a little bit milky, like I told you before, so that's why I'm using this one. But you can easily use the liquid school be it won't matter because we're going to put the glass dome on top and you will notice it. So I'm going to create some texture with the lens is supposed to be, and I'm going to add a little bit off the liquid clay so we lose better to clay. If you don't push pieces like this too hard onto the clay, they can fall one spate. That's why I'm doing this right now, so I'm kind of like gluing it so it's more secure. So now I'm going to add a little bit off liquid clay to this, so it's very secure to the peace. If you want, you can add the liquid clay to the other pieces us well, like, for example, the bottom or the flash. You can do it if you want. I didn't do it because I was promoting it with my fingers and with the tool, and I didn't find the need to do it. But it's one of your preference. You want to do that. You can do it as well. Now with this ball tal, I'm just trying to perfection the circle inside. Okay, so now we want to big this for maybe like 20 minutes so we can keep working on the other pieces. And it doesn't look Lose the shape before breaking. Make sure it has the shape that you want, cause right here I just caught a piece because I thought it would look better without that piece over there because he was too big. So make sure everything is in the right place before baking. No, big for 20 minutes, and I'll see you later. 6. Creating texture: I just took my piece out of the open and it's looking so cute. No, Ive lost the footage where I make the microphone on the camera, which is four dots. You can make that easily with and middle. Now that we have the body over camera finished, we're going to start giving the details. So you're going to need a to flatten a piece of black clay and then with the piece that I want stock into you about this sect on knife, we're going to give it to texture. Now, the real up the rial camera has a different kind of texture. Mine has, like lines. So you can easily do that. Maybe with the with the blade, you can do a couple of lines. But I just wanted to give it a different texture. And I think with this tool, and you know I can show you Ah, nice trick. Maybe, um so you put it on top and you roll it gently and the clay will take the shape. Now you're going Teoh caught here and measuring with my blade. And I'm going to cut very long strip. I just think that's good. And then when your blade. You wanna lift it? And look how nice. It's extra looks. Isn't that cool? I'm gonna take our camera, and we're going to place this around the lens. So I'm going to put the nicest part on top, and then I'm going, Teoh, get them together at the bottom. I'm doing this just because if there's an imperfection or something, it doesn't look at the top. So So here. I'm going to put my socks of laid back together so I can cut the peas. And then you just caught the at six at the bottom. There you go. It's gonna push them together. I find them well, and then you go. 7. Adding details - View finder and LCD display: Now we're going to make the viewfinder, and for that you will need to caught a very small rift Tunggal. And then you want Teoh cut a smaller rectangle inside so we can have kind of like a frame like this and then very gently with our blade. We're gonna take it off the table and put it on top over a camera like this, and I'm just going to push it down with my fingers so it lose to the camera for this. You can also use the liquid. Clay was my son. Put his foot in some stickers on and it's you just wanna keep holding it until it looks fine. Hey, go Looks perfect to me. Now, this is a very important part of our process. We're measuring the back part where the LCD display goes. And this is very important because this way, we will know the size that are Pick your should be in because we're going to put a picture on the back side. So it's going to depend of how big or small your camera is. So that's why I don't give you measurements right here. Um, because my camera won't be the same size. It's yours. Every piece is unique. So it just measure. And that way you will know what size you should make the frame and what size you can print your image. But this we're going to do the same thing as the viewfinder. We going to caught a smaller Rick Tunggal inside. So this work works at so frame so you can do it with your sack till knife. Or in this case, I'm going to use a square cutter that I have and I'm going to do to cuts. So I get the Rick Tunggal. This is totally optional. You don't need a square cutter or anything. You can do it with your sex in life. But I thought it will be easier and faster this way. So that's why I did it. And again, very gentle. We're going to remove our frame. This is a very nice technique, so you don't ruin the shape of your things. Instead of picking the things with your finger, you can just sly the blade and take it off the table. Um, placing it on top for this, you can use the translucent liquid clay I decided not to because of the wide residue that it has and because I didn't think I needed it, because I was blending it with my fingers onto the the return angular shape. So now I'm cleaning a little bit on the inside, molding it because sometimes it loses shape. Any of you see any excess clay over something that it's not supposed to go, you just can't cut it. What your sex life. 8. Adding details - Buttons: Okay, so now we're going to create a three litre buttons for the back part. Um, the back part is really different from what I'm going to do, but I'm just not worried about replicating the exact same thing. If you want to do it, go for it. You can do it. But I'm just going to put three bottoms in the back part. And for this, I'm going to use my liquid school. P I'm going to make the tiny balls with my fingers, had a little bit of liquid clay and then put them in place. This so you want to smash them a little, cause, you know, they're not completely round use much them a little bit of he could play. And but, um, on the camera, then they look cute. So cute. So I'm just placing three bottles and here's the last one, and you go. And I almost forgot about the most important bottom, which is the one we used to take the pictures. So the same thing We make a little ball, push it down a little TLS trestles and liquid school p, and then we put it on top over a camera like this. Now you want to take this piece again for 20 minutes because we need those bots and secure . So we're just going to place this piece in the oven for 20 minutes, check again for imperfections and see you in 20. 9. Tips for the pictures and adding the glass lens: So I printed a very small picture off my dog, which is Jack are also His name is Spike. He's a crazy dog and we love him to the He drives me crazy, but he's adorable. So if you're wondering how to print such a small picture, I went Teoh can va dot com, c a n v a dot com And I just opened a new document and I put the regular size 8.5 by 11. And then I uploaded the picture, and it has a feature that you can create. A picture decides that you want. I did that and then I printed the picture. So here I'm showing you the glass domes. This is where I bought them beats dot com, and we're going to place it on top of our lens and look help here. This looks, um so you can also use mod podge dimensional magic. For this, you can just add it to the inside of the lens and then let it drive for a couple of hours, depending on the thickness that, um, you add, sometimes it could take maybe a day or two, depending on how much you I'd but here. I'm using the glass dome, so I'm going to make a small rim with the same with the same clay that we made be details for the lens. So sorry about the Falcons problem. So I'm going to create a shape around the glass dome so it secures the glass dome on the medal. We are going to do the same thing as we did with the details for the events. And again you want. Teoh do this on the bottom part. So it doesn't look weird on top once you feel it secured its ready. Hey, looks so cool with the glass dome. And after you do this, you want to make this again for at least 15 minutes. It won't damage the peas or anything. Um, you see, you can do this when you put the the flash part or the bottoms or where you put the lens. But since I came up with this idea, that's where I'm making it again. So bake again for 15 minutes. Or have you decided to wait before when you put the lens? Just bake that time. You know, the 20 minutes and that's it. 10. Gluing the picture: off camera, I decided to put the heart and top and bake with the lens. Um, this is what we use our heart. Qatar four. You can also do us. I told you before, you can trace the heart onto the clay and then cut it and put it on salt. But whatever shape you want, you could even try to write Canon on top. I didn't do it for copyrights reasons, but you can do it if you want. So here I'm taking a little bit off regular Elmer's glue and put it in the back off my pick yours so I can put it where it belongs. And with some pliers, pliers does the word. I'm sorry for my English, but we're going to put it, um, where it belongs. So you just wanna spread the glue around like so? And yea, we're almost finished. Okay, so I'm looking to see there. Any air bubbles. I don't want them to ruin my beautiful piece. There you go. So now we're going Teoh, protect our image. Two. That's a little bit of mod podge on top. And I'm going to do this by adding a little bit off school be glass plays, and I'm going to take the brush and very gently brush might pick your and wait for it to dry so we can put the much but on top, so another at our picture is dry. We can add the mud parche and very gently I'm going. Teoh go around the picture and is sometimes has a lot of bubbles in it, so you can shake it a little bit. Or even when your sector knife. You can pop the bubbles, and this is a little like a big liquid, so you can use your sector night to move it around and just shake for areas that the month push heaven field yet, and it would look cloudy at first when it's wet, but when it dries, it dries clear. You can also do this with resting if you have on hand. I would have loved Teoh have done this with resting, but I didn't have pressing at the time, and this is a easier way to do it. But if you want to go fancy, anybody wanted Teoh look even better. You can do it with dressing. I recommend, um, are pressing for this may be a little windows resting, which is a very, very nice resting. And they don't yellow. So, so excited Because we're almost done. This is the final step. Make sure you do this at the end, because this is this cannot be baked. So after you wait all of your pieces, then you can do this. So here, I'm going to put my camera on top off a piece of clay. So it Dr. 11. Last details and conclusion: and once it's ready, you want to take your nail tape, you're going to put it around the lens, and this is just the finishing touches. We're almost done. So you wanna smash it together and then take your sisters and cut it? Just make sure the nail tape sticks to itself. If not, you can always use a little bit of group no, we're going to take our silver pen and we're going to paint art bottoms and this specific pen. It's from office people. It is a gel pen, but you can do it wavy with a Molotov chrome pen, which is super cool, and it looks like a real metal. But right now this is what I have. So you just want to draw on top and you have to let this drive for a couple off hours. And for the specific pan, I noticed that it doesn't dry completely, so maybe you can maybe you want to seal it. You conceal it with the school, be glass place. What wants you? I think it's a little bit dry so you can secure the collar, and then I'm going to paint the back bottoms as well. US I said, let it drive for a couple of hours and your camera is ready. And here's the finished piece, guys. Um, a second. See, it looks super cute, and they have a lot of details. I am really excited to see what you create with this class. Ekin create the same camera, different colors, or you can create a lot of variations. Maybe you can create one of those instant cameras. The comes in a lot of cute colors. Um, I just I'm very excited to see what you create. Please don't forget to upload your pictures. So the project area. I can't wait to see what you create. Thank you for taking the class with me. And I hope to see you in the next one by