This weekend’s tutorial is a guide on making Disney’s Moana Heart of Te’Fiti pendant. The pendant–technically a piece of rock–is iconic to the movie, and is central to the plot.
When I made this tutorial, Moana was only recently released, and high resolution photos of the stone weren’t available yet, thus the end product isn’t as accurate as I’d like. Someday I may revisit this and make a more accurate tutorial!
Reference from the Moana movie.
- Polymer clay in greens, pearl white, and translucent.
- Scrap polymer clay
- Mica powder
- Microfine Glitter
- Casting Epoxy (I use Castin’ Craft) and colorant (I use oil paints.)
The Skinner Blend is a polymer clay technique for making gradients, and click here for a wonderful tutorial on it.
I haven’t been able to take enough photos of this process, but next thing I do is roll a very thin sheet of translucent clay mixed with fine glitter, and then cut out shapes from it according to the shapes of the reference. I also cut out a shape from the rest of the gradient clay I made earlier, this time the darker part of it. I then put the cutouts over onto the base gradient rock, smoothing and blending it into it.
I then baked the rock in my oven, and then sand and buff it with a rotary tool. I meant for the stone to become a pendant, so I put in a screw pin into it.
If you’re aiming for a more accurate stone, I’d suggest casting the entire thing in Casting Epoxy for that transparent look, and perhaps mixing in some glow in the dark powder!
I hope this tutorial still helped you out, and I may redo this stone when time permits!