I may as well be honest from the beginning: I’ve never played Assassin’s Creed in my entire life, nor have I expressed any interest in it. That said, I’m always up for a challenge and when my boyfriend asked me to create a “Apples of Eden” replica, I promised to give it a go! I began with some Google images to use as a reference, and kind of made it up as it went.
The idea was for it to be given as a gift, and apparently it went down really well! It’s not perfect, but I’m pleased and I hope you enjoy making it, too.
What you’ll need:
- Polymer clay (gold)
- Acrylic paint (brown)
- Aluminium foil
- A small dotting tool or ball tool
- A rolling tool
- Small paintbrush x3 (or one washed between use)
- Varnish (I use regular Fimo gloss)
- Gold or bronze metallic powder
- An oven
Begin with some aluminium foil. Roll a ball of it very tightly, big enough so that it comfortably sits in the palm of your hand. Try to reduce the bumps as much as possible, but of course it isn’t going to be perfectly smooth!
Roll out a large sheet of gold clay (approximately 1-2 cm thick) and cover the foil evenly. Roll the ball between your hands so that the clay is as smooth as possible and “seams” are reduced. If the clay looks too bumpy due to the foil, just add another layer of gold clay.
Now, use your ball tool or dotting tool to begin sketching the markings into the ball. I used this very helpful link to help me. NOTE: The link does not belong to me and I do not take any credit for it!
Alternatively, just use a Google image as a reference, or try to work from my photos above.
Make the markings fairly deep, but not so deep that your tool goes all the way through to the foil.
Bake in the oven until hard. This should take approximately 35-60 minutes on gas mark 4 (180 degrees Celsius).
Once hard and cool, go over the whole sphere with sandpaper. Keep going until it feels smoother.
Now, here you have a choice. I wanted to go for a very rustic design, so I covered the whole sphere in some brown paint, then gently scrubbed over the surface with a slightly dampened cloth. This way, the paint only stayed in the markings and any little unintentional scratches I’d made in the moulding process, which just helped to highlight every detail.
Alternatively, if you are going for a cleaner, more precise look, you can use a very small paintbrush to carefully paint the markings in yourself.
Once the paint has dried completely, VERY slightly dampen a paintbrush, dip it into your metallic powder and brush it over the surface of your sphere. Try not to get it to stick in the markings.
Now just apply one or two layers of varnish, leave to dry completely, and it’s finished!
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