The main material used to create Aranara on our website is ultra-light clay. Let's take a look at how Aranara is made.
The first step is to create the body of Aranara. Start by kneading the colored clay into the shape of a tennis ball-sized egg. You can fill the ball with previously dried clay to prevent it from collapsing and deforming. This also saves drying time, as the clay needs to air dry naturally. This part usually takes about 3-4 days to dry and set.
Once the body has dried, the limbs of Aranara are made. The feet can be formed by rolling two small pieces of clay into cone shapes, and they are attached to the bottom of the body. For the hands, take a portion of clay about one-third the size of the feet and shape it into thin cylindrical forms. Attach them to both sides of the body.
After the body and limbs have dried, we move on to the eyes, mouth, and decorative patterns. As you can see, Aranara's eyes, mouth, and patterns on the body are created using UV transfer stickers, which require specialized equipment for customization. If you want to try making a Aranara by yourself, I recommend using acrylic paint to draw the patterns.
Special note: Since the stickers are flat while Aranara's body is curved, some wrinkles may occur during the application. If this happens, you can cut the raised parts and reapply the stickers.
Next, I analyze the character model and preserve the distinctive features while simplifying the details. I create a rough hairstyle using clay, and after it has dried (approximately 1-2 days), I add the remaining details.
Once the detailed parts are completed, I wait for 1-2 days for the entire Aranara to fully air dry. Then, I fix it onto a pre-made clay base and attach some floral decorations. And there you have it, a lovely Aranara!
If you're also a crafting enthusiast, let's try making an adorable Aranara together! Feel free to share your creations on TikTok and tag me (@username) for interaction. I look forward to seeing everyone's handmade works!