I’m not ashamed to admit that at the age of 19 I still love Shrek. It’s one of my childhood favourites, and I still quote the movies years on. I absolutely loved Gingy. Okay, I’ll admit that’s partly due to the fact that I used to love shouting “THE MUFFIN MAN? THE MUFFIN MAN!” over and over, but hey, he’s a talking gingerbread man- pretty cool, right? So how would you like to make your very own Gingy?
Even if you aren’t a fan of Shrek, these techniques can be used to create a regular gingerbread man. Whatever you decide to do, I hope you enjoy it as much I did!
This tutorial is a little more advanced than most of my others, but that isn’t to say that it’s not possible for beginners. If I can do it with a cold and a moody toddler around, I’m sure you can!
What you’ll need:
- Polymer clay (white, orange, brown, purple, blue)
- Cutting tool
- A link
- Clay varnish
- Liquid clay
- Dark brown pastel or eyeshadow
- Small dotting tool
- An old toothbrush
- Gingerbread essence (optional)
First of all, combine some orange, brown and white clay and mix it up until you have a colour similar to the one above. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful at this point, I didn’t measure the amounts of each, but just experiment until you get something that resembles a gingerbread colour.
If you’re adding essence to your clay, do it now. Just use a few drops- we can use more later. Then roll the clay out until it is around one centimetre thick.
Cut out the main pieces of the body. The legs and arms should be separate from the main body. Smooth down the edges with your fingertips.
Take your toothbrush and apply medium pressure whilst digging the bristles over all of the clay. This gives it a biscuit-like texture and also rounds the edges out slightly. If your man loses shape too much, simply push it back into place with your fingers.
Use your cutting tool and your dotting tool to add texture to Gingy’s broken legs. They need to look like they’ve snapped, so make it look as if pieces have broken away and that there are little crumbs left over.
Softly press the arms into place- enough so that they stick but not so hard that the lines disappear. Going over the joins with the toothbrush again may help.
Take your paintbrush and pastel/eyeshadow and add shading. I began by brushing around the outside and blending it inwards, so that he looks baked.
Repeat the last step over the rest of the body. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Use your dotting tool to poke a hole in the top of his head, making sure that it is big enough to fit your link through.
Begin to add your details by rolling up very small pieces of white clay and sticking them in place using liquid clay. Here I have done his legs by connecting them to the rest of the body.
Continue to add your white details, such as the icing and the eyes.
I combined purple clay with a little white so that it’s light, then I used my dotting tool to create shallow holes where the “gumdrop buttons” should go. I then rolled the clay into little balls and stuck them in place.
I’ll admit that this part was quite time consuming for me. I rolled out one long piece of red clay, cut off the excess, then connected the ends. I used my dotting tool to mould it into a mouth shape and stuck it in place.
I mixed up some blue clay with a little white, rolled some into small sausage shapes and stuck them on to form eyebrows. Try your best to get the correct expression. Bake the whole thing for 10 minutes on gas mark 4. This should harden it up without baking it completely.
Roll out some more clay for the backing (I used more ginger clay, but you can use whatever you like- after all, it isn’t going to be seen much). Lay your Gingy on top and cut around him as neatly as possible, making sure that none of it is visible from the front. Stick the backing on with more liquid clay, go over the hole you made earlier for the link, and bake the whole thing for a further 20 minutes.
Step sixteen (optional):
Once he had cooled down I brushed some more gingerbread essence all over.
Brush on a thin later of varnish and leave to dry.
Just add your link through the hole and you’re all finished! Yaaaay!
Thank you for reading. Please comment below with any questions or to let me know how your Gingy turned out. Check out the rest of my site for more tutorials. Have a great day!