But the film was very good, so Elaine lent me her books . . and the rest is history.
So here is my first attempt at making a mockingjay pin, which was a birthday present for Elaine. It ended up a bit big - so in reality it was more of a mockingjay brooch. Ha!
I tweaked this tutorial that I found on Pinterest.
Instead of using a photocopy of the mockingjay pin artwork from the book cover, I drew my own version of the pin by hand.
I then took tracing paper and traced each element of the pin separately ( the ring, the bird and the arrow) with a fine Sharpie marker.
I took some gold Sculpey Preemo! clay and rolled it out flat. I then placed my tracing paper over the clay and took my stylus and traced over each pattern item into the clay.
I then took my clay sculpting tools and carefully cut the shapes out and put them aside. I worked on smothing out all the rough edges of my cutouts with my styluses. I also used them to carve out the detail on the mockingjay.
After assembling all of the pieces together, I baked it in the oven and then it came out looking like this.
I then painted the pin with some gold acryllic paint and a metalic brown paint. I then topped it off with a couple of coats of a Sculpey gloss glaze - but clear acryllic glaze would do if you had it at home.
Then I glued a pin to the back . .and . . . here is what it looked like.
I think when I give it a second go I'll reinforce the ring with some wire. But other than that, not bad for a first go, I think.