Hello my readers :D,
Today’s tutorial will be on how I made the “Totoro in a Bottle”.
Now, for this craft, I found it kind of hard T___T . This is because, you’re making everything on such a small scale, and only the Totoro was made outside of the bottle. The tree and everything was sculpted in the bottle which doesn’t give you a lot of freedom.
Just take your time when making things on such a small scale,,,
Here we go ^^
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- Dark grey
- Mini glass bottle with cork
- Dark Brown (Tree trunk)
- Green (Grass)
- Yellow (for stomache)
- Sculpey Studio Nutmeg (For acorn)
- Brown (Top of acorn)
- White acrylic paint
- Black acrylic paint
- Mix the dark grey and white together, this will be the main colour of Totoro.
- Shape the grey into an egg shape
- Push in the sides and pinch out the top to form the ‘head’ part.
- Take a small blob of grey, and shape it into a small semi circle
- Taking a rounded tool, push in the middle, this will give you the edges you will be for blending.
- Attach the the bottom of Totoro, and blend the edges away. Use a tool for this, the tail for mine was only about 4mm.
- Here is what his Body looks like so far.
- Since Totoro’s stomach fur is an off-white, mix the yellow with the white.
- Roll out the light yellow thinly,
- Cut it into a round-ish shape
- Place on the Totoro, and if you need to , adjust the round-ness
- To make the stomach furry, use the needle tool and drag the clay outward.
- Do this in layers, starting from outside.
- To make sure Totoro would fit into the opening of the bottle, I placed it over him
- As you can see, he was way too big T__T.
- Trim off any excess clay, and reshape his body
- Roll out two VERY small logs, and place onto Totoro’s head
- Carefully blend away the edges, if you look closely, you can see the marks I made.
- Mix the black and white to make a grey.
- Using a pointed tool, draw the ” ^ ” shape on the fur. Be very careful, because with the texture, it will be very hard to remove any mistakes.
- Then draw the rest of the face.
- Next, place the blob of green into the glass jar.
- Use a rounded tool, and spread the clay evenly, covering the bottom of the jar.
- To make it look ‘grassier’, use the needle tool and push in a pattern on the side of the jar.
- To seal in the paint, glaze over Totoro’s face.
- Then, using tweezers, place him into the middle of the grass.
- Take a blob of brown, and roll it out.
- Place it onto the spot where you want the tree stump to be.
- I found that my tweezers worked well for adding pattern into the tree trunk.
- To make the roots, roll out two small logs, and place by the base of the tree. Blend !
- To add support for a branch, roll out a tiny bit of foil
- Cover with brown
- Make a tiny leaf, and place it onto the branch.
- Carefully use tweezers and place it into the tree.
- If you want, make a small acorn, and place it by Totoro.
- Then, place in oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Make sure you don’t burn Totoro !
I didn’t put it in the oven for too long because, I wasn’t sure whether the glass could stand the heat.
- Once baked, add some glue (that dries transparent), put it around the cork and close off the bottle.
Here it is completed :D
And for Totoro’s surroundings, it’s completely up to you.
The colours for the creation was quite soft, and I was going to add in apple in to add some contrast, but it was too out of place.
If you want, for the grass shade, use something a little more bright and ‘awake’.
I know this was long, but thanks for reading !