Jan 26, 2015

Robot - Part 1

Alrighty then!  Let's do this robot thing!

First though, THANK YOU all for participating in my little survey from last week.  A lot of my questions were answered and a lot of my gut instincts were validated, so thank you.  I really do appreciate the feed back.

I'm happy to be back to blogging again and while I can't promise daily post, I do look forward to more post than I've been doing.  If you've been a long time reader, you know life has thrown me off track a bit for the last year and half or so and I've been struggling to regain balance and creative flow. I feel like the fog has lifted though and I'm excited to be back doing something that I enjoy so much.

So, let's talk Robots shall we?

I'm going to break the tutorial up into two parts.  Mostly because these aren't super hard to make, but they are time consuming and the tutorial will be long if I do it all in one. Plus, having a part 1 will give you time to collect all the supplies.

Part 1 will mostly focus on getting ready.  And, Part 2 will be the hands on, step-by-step.

Let's start.

We are going to make the little guy shown above.  
The trick to making these look the best they can is to add personality in your add-ons and placement of the parts.  We'll talk more about that when we start to construct him but you will want to start thinking about what kind of items you will be adding to him.  I tend to use what I have and I use a mix of things.  I also like to use "found" objects.  So watch parking lots and check your junk drawers, you might find great treasures - if it's metal, it can probably be added to him.

Here are the things you have to have to make him:

Polymer Clay - 4 or 5 different colors (I use Sculpey or Primo, if you are buying it, only buy it if it's soft when you squeeze the packaging.  Also, you will need two packages for the body and head.  All other colors are just accents and you won't use a full package)

Legs - 2 thin Lag bolts, NOT screws, about 4 inches long
Knees - 2 1/4-20x5/8 Cross Dowels (just make sure that the size you buy fits the bolts.)

Body - Small Altoid tin - Altoids come in two size, the regular and small - you want the small one

Arms - 1 metal bracelet (think bangle bracelets, you can buy a set of different styles at Walmart for about $5 - they do need to be metal. Plastic will melt when you cook it)

Neck - Metal Sewing bobbin, thread on it is optional.  I kinda like it with the thread attached as it adds to the texture and character

Optional items:

Watch parts - misc gears and small pieces.  I use these for his eyes, on the heart, on his hat and on the top of his shoes.  You can find watch parts at Hobby Lobby near the polymer clay

Metal Washers - I use three different sizes to make bracelets and I have these solely because I raided my husbands tool box.  It was nice of him to share, unknowingly of course.

Jewelry Findings - I have a bunch of jewelry findings so I just dig through my stash.  However, if you are buying them look for little beads, metal of course, and bracelet clasps.  You will also need Headpins to hold the beads in place

Wire - I use a 20 gauge but most wire will work

Tools and Such:

Wire cutters
Wax paper
Tin foil
Brown paint
Polyurethane, semi-gloss
E6000 glue
Paint Brush
paper towels
Oven or toaster oven

I think that sums it up.  If you have questions or need more details about anything, shoot me an email at thenshemade(at)gmail.com and I will do my best to answer your questions.  Just keep in mind, it's fun to be creative with the little details.  Below is a photo of three other robots I've made, take a look at the details to get an idea of how to add personality and quirk those your creation.  

And, I'll see you in a day or two with Part 2 of our tutorial.