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Sculpting Willem Dafoe as Joker

Sculpting Willem Dafoe as Joker

Willem Dafoe has played lots of baddies, but he’s never portrayed the Clown Prince of Crime, Joker. Crafty Art imagines what the sharp-featured actor might look like in the role with this impressive sculpture that took over 300 hours to create. After creating the clay bust, they cast a resin version for painting and detailing.

Knifey: The Clay Knife

Knifey: The Clay Knife

North of the Border’s latest clay creation knife. But this is no ordinary knife. According to the maker of tiny nerdy things, Knifey is “a red sentient murder unicorn from High on Life.” If we were forced to bring a knife in a gunfight, this is the blade we’d go with.

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Zombie Santa Claus

Zombie Santa Claus

North of the Border imagines what it might be like if the zombie apocalypse hit the night before Christmas. Santa is still coming down your chimney, but he’s looking for brains instead of milk and cookies. This handbuilt sculpture of the undead St. Nick includes a sack full of toys for all the good little zombies.

Sculpting a Kratos Bust

Sculpting a Kratos Bust

To celebrate the release of God of War Ragnarök, artist Steven Richter created this impressive likeness of the game’s protagonist Kratos. He started by sculpting a clay bust, which he used to create a silicone mold. After filling the mold with resin and letting it set, he painted on all of the details and applied facial hair.

Glow-in-the-Dark Oogie Boogie

Glow-in-the-Dark Oogie Boogie

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange? North of the Border takes us to the town of Halloween with a little Nightmare Before Christmas goodness. His latest sculpture does a great job capturing the look of Ken Page’s villainous Oogie Boogie, complete with glow-in-the-dark abilities.

Making Ceramic Tiles with Machined Textures

Making Ceramic Tiles with Machined Textures

Jimmy DiResta wanted to see if he could make ceramic tiles while incorporating CNC tech. He started by using a desktop milling machine to cut designs into Corian, then used those to create plaster casts for the clay. He used an Evenheat kiln to fire the tiles. The voiceover provides a great glimpse into his learning process.

How Toilets Are Made by Hand

How Toilets Are Made by Hand

While most of the toilets in the world are made using machines, there are still places where they are made by hand. This video takes us inside one such factory in Pakistan, where workers pour bucketloads of clay into toilet-shaped molds, assemble and smooth the leather-hard clay, glaze it, then fire it in a giant kiln.

Making a Clay Pokémon Game Boy

Making a Clay Pokémon Game Boy

Artist WUZU clay made the cutest little sculpture of a Nintendo Game Boy / Game Boy Advance hybrid. They built the display inside a metal tin with an acrylic control section and working switches, then sculpted the game’s D-Pad, buttons, and characters out of polymer clay with magnets to hold them in place.

Cursed Kirby

Cursed Kirby

Adam from North of the Border continues to sculpt a horrifying series of pop culture characters with pointy teeth. This time, he took Nintendo’s Kirby and turned the vacuum-powered pink puffball into something straight out of DOOM, bestowing the creature with a set of choppers only a dentist could love… and skin-ripping claws.

Realistic Mario Monsters

Realistic Mario Monsters

Because Adam at North of the Border can’t get enough Mario, he decided to work up sculptures of some of the franchise’s many monsters. Though his “realistic” versions of Boo, Blooper, Piranha Plant, and a group of Goombas are the stuff of nightmares. Adding pointy teeth to stuff is always guaranteed to up the creepy factor.

Super Mario 64 Intro in Claymation

Super Mario 64 Intro in Claymation

If you didn’t read the title of this video, you might think it was done with computer graphics. But ClayClaim created this spot-on remake of the familiar “It’s-a me, Mario” intro sequence from Super Mario 64 out of clay. Here’s the original for comparison.

Plasticine Clay Cars and Crashes

Plasticine Clay Cars and Crashes

YouTube channel Handmade features models of cars that were individually hand-built out of Plasticine clay. The artist behind the camera uses a plastic model as his form, then painstakingly traces and cuts out each piece of its body to create impressively accurate miniatures. And then he crash-tests them.

Alien Spider Sink Diorama

Alien Spider Sink Diorama

If there’s one thing you don’t want staring you in the face when you turn the bathroom lights on, it’s a creepy Alien xenomorph spider taking a bath in your sink. JackJack brought that nightmarish vision to life with this creepy polymer clay and resin diorama. This is what happens when you don’t clean the sink, kids.

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Infinite Marios and Luigis

Infinite Marios and Luigis

Adam from North of the Border likes to imagine that when Mario or Luigi get eaten by a piranha plant, their next life is a lab-grown clone of the original. So after sculpting some cloning tank versions of Nintendo’s iconic plumbers, he built them a mirrored chamber that appears to be an endless cloning laboratory.

A Cursed Bowl of Fruit

A Cursed Bowl of Fruit

Adam from North of the Border turns his attention from making creepy-looking cartoon characters to making creepy-looking food. Inspired by JackJack’s killer cheeseburger sculpt, Adam’s bowl is filled with toothy fruit that looks like it was harvested from the Upside Down.

A T-Rex with Flamethrowers

A T-Rex with Flamethrowers

You know what would have made the Jurassic Park movies better? If the dinosaurs wielded weapons. Imagine if the velociraptors had Gatling guns or if the T-Rexes had flamethrowers. North of the Border gives us one of those things by sculpting a the king of the dinosaurs cosplaying as a fire-breathing dragon.

Making Creepy Minions

Making Creepy Minions

After creeping us out with his realistic LEGO minifigure, we figured North of the Border’s take on The Minions would be similarly disturbing. His polymer clay versions of Minions Bob, Stuart, and Kevin are decidedly less appealing than their movie counterparts. All three of them could use a visit to the dentist.

Building a Brick Hut from Scratch

Building a Brick Hut from Scratch

Primitive Technology continues to fill the forest with hand-built structures, though this time, his technique results in a more permanent shelter. He starts by making his own bricks from scratch, firing them in the kiln he built, then stacking them, filling the joints with wood ash cement, and topped it off with a roof of handmade clay tiles.

Sculpting an Earth-Eating Monster

Sculpting an Earth-Eating Monster

We’ve been enjoying North of the Border’s creative sculptures and sassy narration for a while now. Adam’s polymer clay and resin sculpt imagines a giant space monster that has gotten its tentacles around Earth and is ready to gulp us all down like a giant jawbreaker covered with ants.

Tiny Minecraft Ocean Diorama

Tiny Minecraft Ocean Diorama

Artist WUZU Clay built this miniature scene inspired by the blocky world of Minecraft. They made the underwater ocean temple by cutting and sculpting precise squares of polymer clay, layering them, and then submerging the structure in clear resin. The level of detail in the characters and plants is truly impressive.

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Polymer Clay Peach’s Castle

Polymer Clay Peach’s Castle

Previously, ClayClaim built a miniature scene based on a level from Super Mario 64. Now the Fimo clay artist is back with another build inspired by the N64 game – Princess Peach’s iconic castle. He achieved the low-poly look by cutting lots of sharp, angular blocks of clay. Those Mario, Yoshi, and Cameraman sculpts are adorable.

Super Mario 64: Polymer Clay Edition

Super Mario 64: Polymer Clay Edition

ClayClaim is an expert at sculpting objects and scenes out of Fimo polymer clay. In this video, he shows us how he created an incredibly detailed miniature scene based on the Bomb-Omb Battlefield level of the Nintendo classic Super Mario 64. We love all the tiny enemies, especially King Bob-Omb and Chain Chomp.

How to Make a Plunger Monster

How to Make a Plunger Monster

Artist Jason Freeny is best known for his anatomical cutaway figures. He’s also sculpted a number of other characters, including some goofy toilet plungers. In this extensive video, he walks us through the complete process of sculpting one of his plunger monsters from start to finish.

Sculpting Darth Maul

Sculpting Darth Maul

While Darth Maul might not have turned out to be the most impressive villain in Star Wars history, he sure looked the part. Watch as artist Dr. Garuda crafts an picture-perfect sculpture of the spiky-headed baddie. He just needs to team up with Boylei Hobby Time to add a light-up version of his double lightsaber.

Making Mini McDonald’s Meals

Making Mini McDonald’s Meals

Miniature model maker HMS2 shows us how to make some ridiculously tiny and accurate replicas of fast food and their packaging from McDonald’s. We love the individual french fries, and how the Coke even has microscopic ice cubes.

Sculpting Godzilla

Sculpting Godzilla

What starts out as a few styrofoam spheres, aluminum foil, and some hunks of clay serves as the casting form for an incredibly detailed monster sculpture, courtesy of artist Nick Brown of LoreCraft. The finished piece has even got spikes and teeth that glow under black light.

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