Crafting Lately: A Polymer Clay Hedgehog for My Staff

Hi everyone. Today is my assigned staff’s last shift at my home. This afternoon, we did a little handover between her and my new assigned staff and I put the new assigned staff’s work E-mail address in my phone. You see, I used to E-mail my old assigned staff quite regularly and the staff at least are hoping that I can build up some trust in the new one if I can E-mail her too. I’m not sure what I think of this.

Like I mentioned before, my old assigned staff has a pet hedgehog. As a leave-taking present, I made her one out of polymer clay.

I had already created a polymer clay hedgehog from a tutorial before, so I knew roughly how to go about it. However, with this one, I wanted its snout to be a different color from its body. This meant blending together the body and snout without distorting either too much. My staff’s pet hedgehog is a four-toed hedgehog, which has a white or slightly creamy belly. I used Fimo Soft white for its body and Fimo Soft in the color Sahara for its snout.

I then added its ears, which were slightly pointed on my original hedgehog but I’d since figured out that at least my staff’s hedgehog has round ears. I chose Sahara for those again. For its eyes, I chose black. I think my black is Fimo Professional, which is usually too hard to condition for my liking especially when it’s older. That doesn’t really matter though, since I only use it for small details like eyes.

Adding the hedgehog’s spikes was difficult the last time, but easier now. I created very thin, cone-like spikes and then added them to the hedgehog’s body. With my last hedgehog, they kept falling off when I added more, but with this one, I was more lucky. My staff’s pet hedgehog has spikes in two colors, so I alternated between Chocolate and Sahara.

I decided to bake the hedgehog for 90 minutes, because I wanted to make sure it got thoroughly cured. After all, I hadn’t used anything such as tinfoil on the inside of the hedgehog, so it was a relatively thick sculpture. After baking, I painted the little white dots in the hedgehog’s eyes. I usually do this to make the eyes of my creatues appear more expressive.

I gave my staff the hedgehog last Sunday and she immediately recognized Willow, her pet, in it. She especially loved the way I’d done its eyes. She says she’s placed Fimo Willow on flesh-and-bones Willow’s cage. I feel very honored about that.

16 thoughts on “Crafting Lately: A Polymer Clay Hedgehog for My Staff

    1. You mean you did see it’s a hedgehog, but not that I made it out of polymer clay? Or did you not see it’s a hedgehog? I’m confused. Thank you for your kind words anyway.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, I feel really sad that she’s left (she’s no longer working for this care agency at all, so no chance she’ll be subbing here either). I’m glad you like the hedgehog though and was so happy she really appreciated it too.


  1. I make miniatures. I have used polymer clay off and on. I really like it but it does have a mind of its own. I was just scrolling through some of your posts, I don’t know if I have “met” you before or not. May I ask about your vision? I read in one post you had vision as a child. How is it now? I only ask because all of your polymer clay objects have such detail and I am wondering how you do it.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I’m not sure we’ve “met” before either. I did indeed have some useable vision as a child, which is how I have some concept of color, but I am totally blind now. I get help with the really fine details of my polymer clay creations, such as the textures on the unicorns’ hooves. Honestly, this is more due to my other disabilities though than to my blindness. With this hedgehog, I got some help positioning some of the spikes, because I have a mild motor impairment too and would knock some spikes over with my hand when positioning others. I can’t remember whether this hedgehog has the little white dot in its eyes that most of my creatures have, but if it does, I got help painting that too. Sometimes, “help” really means I tell the staff exactly what to do and they basically do it for me, but most times, they help me hand-over-hand.

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