Sunday, October 20, 2013

Tiny squirrel tutorial & mini GIVEAWAY


Hello everyone, I hope you are having a lovely Sunday!

Here in Sweden it's quite dark and rainy today, which means it is ok to stay at home to craft, bake and drink hot chocolate! : )

So, here's a little project that I hope you will enjoy. Since my squirrel necklace got so much attention both on Pinterest and Facebook, I decided to share a little tutorial about the making of. This little squirrel in particular is climbing onto a miniature macaron, but you can easy adapt the tutorial to add any accessory you like to your tiny creature. : )

But if you are not feeling crafty, don't you worry. I am also hosting a mini giveaway, so you'll get the chance to win a little squirrel along with a miniature box of macarons!
Just scroll down to the end of this post for the rules, and good luck! ; )

And now, time for the step by step tutorial! : )

You will need polymer clay in three colours of your choice.
I used a light brown for the sqirrel's body, a warm shade of lilac for the macaron shells and pure white for the ganache, but you can choose pretty much any colour you like. : )

Let's start from the macaron's shells. Just roll up two tiny balls of clay - you decide the size! 
Usually, the tinier, the more complicated, so if you are not very confident with miniatures you might want to try a larger version first. : )

Gently press the two spheres on a piece of tin foil, trying to give them a slightly convex shape.
Not too chubby, not too flat, that's the secret for a perfect macaron!

There are many tutorials available for sculpting miniature macarons.
This is my favourite method, which has the advantage of being easy and quick. Just use a toothpick to create a nice texture all around each shell. For very tiny macarons (less than a quarter of an inch) the point of a needle is a better tool.

Once you have textured the shells all around, bake them in the oven according to the clay instructions.

Time to fill the macaron with a little bit of "ganache"! : )
If you want to make the ganache a bit stickier, you can mix the clay with a bit of water or liquid polymer clay, bt in most cases this won't be necessary if the clay you are using has been conditioned until it is warm and soft.

Now, for the squirrel body, start from another tiny ball of brown clay and pinch it on one side until you create two little "horns" (they will be the squirrel's forelegs).

Gently push it on the macaron - our tiny squirrel is a 
little glutton trying to climb onto the cookie! : )

Two tiny tiny balls of clay will work great as feet..

..and a larger one will be the head. 
Use a toothpick (or a tiny crochet hook) to shape the ears..

..and gently apply them onto the head.

Ant then, of course, the head goes onto the body! 
As you can see, I pinched a bit the squirrel's ears to make them slightly longer/pointier.

Finally, shape a "pointy sausage" for the tail, and bend it into an "S" shape..

..and there you go, the squirrel is now ready for baking! : )
Once it comes out of the oven, you can start painting it with acrilyc paints. 
You will need just 4 colours:

Black for the eyes.

Dark brown for the ear tips, plus a tiny dot for the nose and a large stripe on the back and up to the top of the tail. : )

And the final touch, pink on the sqirrel's cheeks, a bit of pure white to brighten up the eyes.

Here's your finished squirrel! 
Isn't he cute?


If you want a chance to adopt this little fellow and his box of macarons, these are the rules:

1) be a follower of Mijbil Creatures
2) add a comment to this post
3) (optional) share this little banner on your blog



The winner will be chosen at random at the beginning of November.
Good luck to you all! : )

65 comments:

  1. Complimenti molto brava :) partecipo molto volentieri e incrocio le dita. Ciao a presto ^-^.

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  2. Troppo carino!! incrocio le dita pire io :D!!

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  3. What a clear tutorial. I think a lot of people like this workshop.
    Thank you for sharing. I love the little fellow
    Hugs Dorien

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  4. Excellent !
    Merci beaucoup pour le partage de tutoriel.
    J'aime beaucoup vos petites créatures.
    n_n

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  5. Fantastic!!!! you can do a beautiful job using a little fimo!!!!
    It's too cute!!!! See you soon!!!!!

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  6. Che scoiattolo adorabile!
    Grazie per il tutorial.
    Partecipo al tuo mini giveaway e metto il link sul mio blog.
    Saluti, Faby

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  7. cute little creature :) love the tutorial gonna have to try making one :)

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  8. Hello from Spain: interesting tutorial. I like the squirrel. In my country also raining. Thanks for the draw. Keep in touch

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  9. Muchas gracias por ese precioso tutorial , tengo que probarlo, pero tambien me gustaria tener la oportunidad de ganar esa preciosa ardillita , asi que cuenta conmigo
    lo anuncio en mi blog

    besitos

    Mari

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  10. Che piccola meraviglia... ho visto solo adesso la versione nell'ampollina con il fungo... belli da sciogliersi! Il tutorial si merita un pin, ma la tua manualità non è cosa da poco!
    Incrocio le dita :)

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  11. Hello Silvia,
    The tiny squirrel is absoloutely adorable!! I love his little face, I am always amazed by the tiny details on your creations!! I would love to enter this wonderful giveaway. I will add the link to my blog and thank you so much for the chance to win him :) Hugs ♥ Vicky ♥

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  12. Thank you very much for the wonderful tutorial. It goes on my to try list : ))) He is adorable.
    Hugs Maria

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  13. It's a wonderful tutorial, thank you very much for sharing it, the tiny squirrel is so cute, i love it!! I will try to do one! And thank you very much for this new opportunity, I put your giveaway on my blog!! Hugs

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  14. Lo mejor los días lluviosos con una taza de chocolate, para hacer miniaturas, a mi me encantan.
    Fantástico tutorial, probaré a hacerlo a ver que pasa, pero mientras tanto me apunto al sorteo, sería genial tener a esa ardilla glotona. Voy a anunciar tu sorteo en mi blog y gracias por la oportunidad y por el tutorial. Besos y feliz semana!!

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  15. Che meraviglia! Ti ringrazio per questa opportunità.
    Baci,
    Anastasia

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  16. Woderful creation. An easy to make.

    Greetings

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  17. That squirrel is so cute and your tutorial makes it look so easy. We will see! I am definitely going to have a go, but I would still love to enter your giveaway. I will post a link on my blog.

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  18. Voto questo post come tutorial più dolce dell'anno!!!! Sto frequentando un corso di cartapesta... quando avrò un minimo di manualità proverò a realizzare la tua creaturina del bosco!!! nel frattempo partecipovolentieri a questo tenero GIVEAWAY !!!

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  19. merci pour le tuto, c'est mignon comme tout
    je participe avec plaisir au giveaway, je suis inscrite comme follower
    merci

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  20. Grazie per il tutorial, è interessante e mi ha fatto apprezzare meglio i particolari della tua creaturina!! Ci provo anche con il giveaway, cosa che di solito non faccio.

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  21. I would love to be entered!

    I blogged about it too on 3 of my blogs, LOL
    http://majokkoshop.blogspot.com
    http://travelingtwig.blogspot.com
    http://littlebearries.blogspot.com

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  22. Thank you for this beautiful tutorial and a chance for the giveaway! I will add your banner to my blog :)

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  23. Está divina! Yo la quiero! Por favor cuenta conmigo, gracias, besos Ana (mucuy)
    acamarah.50@gmail.com

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  24. Your squirrel is very cute! I never thought about painting my polymer clay creations... so thanks for the tutorial! I am following on bloglovin... thanks for the chance to win!!

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  25. Lo scoiattolo è delizioso e partecipo vloentieri al giveaway. Grazie per il tutorial.
    Un caro saluto.Manu

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  26. That little squirrel is soooo cute ! I will find you on Facebook too ! Thank you for sharing your skills ... btw, what brand of clay do you use ?
    Have a lovely day,
    Nicole
    http://dessinchat.blogspot.com

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  27. You tiny squirrel is wonderful and your tutorial is so clear: thanks!
    Please count me in your giveaway :-)
    I've just shared the link on my blog's sidebar.

    I will be travelling at the beginning of November: that would be a great surprise to come back home and find the little squirrel!

    Hugs,
    Francesca

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  28. So cute! Please count me in your giveaway :)

    I just bought a lamp with magnifying glass so might try your tutorial as the lamp helps when working with small things

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  29. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! This weekend I have to do this squirrell, and also the giraffe you've shown us some days ago...
    Of course I want to take part on you fantastic giveaway, because I'm pretty sure that my squirrell won't look like yours... And because I love every tiny thing you make:)
    Hugs, Candy:)

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  30. Tack för att du delar med dig! Ekorren är jättesöt! Jag vill gärna vara med i din giveaway. =) mvh Hannah

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  31. Your tiny creatures are so cute, please count me in your giveaway!
    Thanks
    Teruka

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  32. Hoy he visitado tu blog y me ha sorprendido la miniatura tan bonita del sorteo!! Tienes trabajos muy bonitos expuestos. Me encantaria participar en el sorteo, es maravilloso. Te anuncio en mi blog. Un abrazo. Arantza.

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  33. que lindo, me apunto y subo el enlace a mi blog

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  34. Hi!!! I love this tiny squirrel!! It's so cute that I'd be pkeased to adopt it. let me take part in your giveaway. Thanks. Arantxa from minicosas- minicosas

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  35. Bellissimo il tutorial, grazie! ^___^ Però tento la fortuna e partecipo al giveaway :D E' troppo carino lo scoiattolino per non tentare :D

    Un abbraccio

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  36. I love this soo much!~ :) Your work is inspiring!~ Please count me in the giveaway :D

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  37. Complimenti!! ..è adorabile! ^_^ Partecipo volentieri! Grazie! ^^

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  38. Adorabile lo scoiattolino e bravissima tu! Grazie per il tutorial e per la possibilità di partecipare. Incrocio le dita e spero di poerlo ammirare da vicino.

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  39. Hola Silvia
    Has hecho un fantastico turotial, seguro que es dificilisimo hacer esa pequeña ardilla, a ti te ha quedado preciosa.
    Me encantaria tener la posibilidad de ver esa minuscula pieza al natural.
    Subo el aviso del sorteo a mi blog.
    besitos ascension

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  40. Delizioso, partecipo volentieri
    ciao ciao

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  41. bellissimo....è unico!!!! partecipo volentieri. Buona giornata

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  42. Es precioso, me gustaría participar, subo el enlace a mi blog.
    Un abrazo.
    Yolanda

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  43. WOW!!! i love this tiny squirrel <3

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  44. muy lindo me encantaría participar, saludos Angeles

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  45. I love it!!!!!!!!!! I partecipate!! wish to win!!

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  46. Amazing tutorial. He is the cutest squirrel ever!!!

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  47. Thank you so much for this cute tutorial.
    Please count me in for the draw. Your link will be on my blog.
    Thanks and hugs, Drora

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  48. Silvia,

    I found your blog through Drora! Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. Please include me in your giveaway. I put a link on my blog.
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  49. Es adorable!!!! Intentaré hacerla.
    Me encantaría participar en el sorteo. Quien sabe, quizás me toque...
    Te invito a mi blog en el que pondré enlace a tu sorteo
    http://lasminiaturasdeisa.blogspot.com.es/
    Un saludo
    Isa

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  50. Gorgeous tutorial and I shall share it with the world! (My facebook anyway :P)

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  51. So so cute! What amazing work. :)

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  52. oh che amore! incrocio le dita :)
    grazie per il tutorial, io non fimoleggio, ma se un giorno dovessi preovare mi sarà molto utile

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  53. I really want the chance to win this little creature. But right now I want to thank you for the very well explained tutorial.
    Hugs.

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  54. Yuppy! I love ur creations! and this squirrel is soo cute! i must stry to do it! good luck to everione for the giveaway!

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  55. wonderful...meraviglioso!!! I don't know which language to use since I can read around here both italian and english...anyway you're so good at making these little treasures! :D

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  56. While I still don't think I could recreate such cuteness even with the tutorial - it's great to see you work take shape. SO adorable.

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  57. You lil creatures are so adorable. I wouldnt even attempt to make one. I would destroy it. I love them all. Please add me to your giveaway!! i just love this squirrel!! Best to you in the future with your crafts, And never be afraid to try different things and move forward. It seems you just keep getting better!!

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  58. Mi vui un pupinot, ma tanto so che te me escludera' dai vincitori

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  59. This giveaway is too cute to resist! I adore your tiny creatures, and this mini squirrel with his macarons is totally adorable. It's a good thing I saw your giveaway on Drora's blog, because it helped me discover that I had fallen off your friends gadget (maybe in the move to Bloglovin'). Now I can see all of your posts--I'm so happy! My fingers are crossed for good luck in your giveaway, and I'll go post your giveaway banner on my blog now! xo Jennifer

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  60. ~*Adorable creature and thank you for sharing the step by step tutorial! I am happily entering my name into your drawing! If I win, I will be taking it around the city with me! :) <3 Amber Dawn, New York City *~

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  61. Hola Silvia!
    el regalo es un capricho, me gustaria participar en tu sorteo.Te anuncio en mi blog.
    Besos de las Malu´s.

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  62. I hope I still be in time to partecipate... say yes..pleasepleaseplease!

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