It was a rough few weeks, but iZombie is back in our lives again! So in celebration of us all surviving that break, I thought it would be fun to make our favorite crime solving zombie.
This was a fun project to do. I was hit up awhile back if I could make any of the characters from the show. I admit that it felt like a daunting project since I’m not great at sculpting or creating realistic people. What I am decent at is making chibi characters! If you aren’t familiar with chibi characters, they are cute manga style drawings with small bodies and large heads. The shapes are pretty basic so it was much easier to accomplish.
If you’d like to do this project, here are the things you will need:
- Light beige, red, blue, white, black, light gray, and brown polymer clay
- a piece of wire
- chalk pastels or eye shadow
- rounded and pointy tools (clay tools)
- rubbing alcohol and q-tips to clean up your work
First take the light beige clay and make a slightly domed circle. Next, I made the eye sockets by using the back of my craft knife. Fill in the eye sockets with the white clay. Take two small pieces of black clay and make oval shapes. Flatten them out and attach in the middle of the white. For the eye color, take a small piece of light gray clay and make a u shape. Then take two sizes of white clay to make the shine to the eye and bring them to life! Roll out a small snake of black clay and cut two equal pieces to outline the tops of the eyes. If you want, you can add eyelashes! I thought it was an especially cute touch! Then you’ll want to cut two more equal pieces of the black clay to create the eyebrows. To add the dark circles that Liv has, I took some reddish brown and black eye shadow with a paint brush and added it under the eyes. At this point you will want to take a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean any fingerprints and dust off of the clay. Add a black piece of clay for the smile and you’re done! Put a small piece of wire halfway into the head and bake for about 8 minutes.
While the head is baking, we’ll make the body! First you’ll want to take a small piece of red clay and create a triangle shape. For the legs, make two cylinders of blue clay and attach to the red triangle. You’ll want the legs to taper a little at the bottom. For her shoes, I just took two black circles of clay and attached them to the bottom of the legs and shaped them into shoe like shapes. Next, for an added detail, I added a belt just to hide where the body and the legs meet. You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to, but I thought it was a fun detail.
Now we are going to make Liv’s lab coat. Roll out a thin piece of white clay and cut it into a rectangle. You want the length to come to just about where the “knees” would be. Bend the top corners back to create the collar of the coat. Now Liv obviously needs some arms! Take two cylinders of white clay and pinch the one end. This will make it a little easier to attach the arm to the body. For her hands, take some of the light beige clay and make a ball. Slightly pinch one end to make a sort of hand shape. Attach the hands to the bottom of the arms. Again, if you have any dust or fingerprints on the clay, feel free to use the rubbing alcohol and q-tip to clean any of that up.
Now we need to attach Liv’s head. I added a little bit of liquid polymer clay to the wire on the head for added strength, but you don’t have to do this. Now that you have the head attached to the body, we want to bake again for about 10 minutes. Now we need to let it completely cool down before we give her a beautiful head of white locks! Since you’ll have a few minutes to kill while that cools down, who don’t you go catch up on the latest episode of iZombie?
Time to come back and finish our lovely Liv so she can get back to eating brains and solving crimes! Now we add her hair. Take some white clay and roll it out thin. Place some on the back of the head just to cover it. Now, roll out various sizes of clay and taper the one end to a point. Now you will lightly flatten them out so they look like flat carrots. To give the hair some texture, take your pointy tool, or toothpick (or something pointy) and lightly drag it across the clay. Then you’ll add those pieces to the head in whatever fashion you see fit. I tried to make her hair look somewhat like the way Liv often wears her hair in the show! Once you have all the hair on, you’ll want to blend everything together by continuing the texturizing technique. Make sure you texture the back of the hair also.
Now we are going to bake one last time for about 10 more minutes. Let it completely cool and you’re done! This was a lot of fun to make, but I admit, I had to make it twice. The first one I made ended up being a complete disaster! But I’m happy with my second attempt. I think I’m going to make the rest of the cast in chibi form and turn them into magnets to put on my fridge! Hope you guys enjoyed this weeks episode!
Here is the final result after baking the last time!
If you guys make this, feel free to share your pics with me! If you have any other nerdy ideas that I could craft, let me know in the comments below. You can also tweet me @luckynerdgirl your ideas on Twitter! Until next week! Stay Nerdy!
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