You’ve probably seen dinko skulls used as party favors or decorations at Halloween shindigs, but the difficulty of learning how to make dinko skulls with polymer clay is often questioned. The dinko skulls are actually quite easy to make, and learning how to make dinko skulls with polymer clay will omit the need to go out and purchase decorations for your next Halloween party.
To make dinko skulls with polymer clay, you will need:
- An unfolded paperclip
- A clay shaper
- Glow-in-the-dark or regular polymer clay
- Start by shaping the skull. You’ll want to begin the shaping process by initially rolling a small ball in the palms of your hands. The size of the ball is completely up to you, but just remember this will be almost the exact size of the finished the product. After your ball has been created, you will use your index finger and thumb to create the sunken-in cheeks on the bottom half of the skull. The space between your index finger and thumb will be where the chin and teeth will be located, so make sure to not squeeze too hard or you won’t have enough room to add the details to the lower part of the skull. Next, place your thumb directly underneath the skull and place your index finger against the front of the face and lightly squeeze again.
- Spend some more time squeezing the cheek area. You’ll want to spend a little bit more time getting the sunken-in cheeks just right because you’ll want to have a large cranium, yet a very narrow mouth and chin area.
- Create the indention on the back of the head. Your next task will be to press the nail and tip of your thumb into the back of the skull’s head toward the face while using your index finger to slightly press the front of the face in some more. This will create the major indention on the back of the head.
- Define the lower jaw a little bit more. Dinko skulls are usually long and narrow, and the lower jaws are usually quite defined. Spend some time sharpening the jaw with your thumb and index finger.
- Create the nose indention. The nose is quite simple to make as you will use your unfolded paperclip to illustrate an upside-down V for the nose. Make it relatively small, but not too small.
- Create the holes for the eyes. Using your paperclip, make two punctures just above the nose, equally distanced apart. Widen the holes using the paperclip by moving it around in a circular motion. You should now have two sunken in eye sockets. It’s okay if they are not smooth or even; the next step will fix that.
- Using the back of the clay shaper, stab the holes that you just created. This will create smoother eye sockets and enough room for the eyeballs. Make sure that the sockets are quite deep so that the eyes will fit (you’ll make those soon). While the clay shaper is still inserted in the eye sockets, take the time to squeeze around the sides of the face to help more so define the cheek bones.
- Make small eyeballs to insert into the sockets you’ve just made. They should be small enough to sink into the bottoms of the sockets. After sinking the eyeballs in, poke a tiny hole in each eyeball to complete them.
- Create the mouth. To do this, pick up your handy dandy paper clip and puncture the clay just below the cheekbone. Begin carefully pulling the paperclip down and then across the face and back up on the other side to create a goofy smile. Using the paperclip again, create small vertical slits across the mouth to create the teeth.
- If you’re happy with the skull, you can call it completed. Congratulations! Your dinko skull is completed. If you want to add a little bit more detail, you can choose to add a long wavy line from above the eyes down the back of the skull. This creates a little crack that can add another level of spookiness!