One of the more unique applications I’ve discovered for polymer clay is as a Zippo ligher case. The example I’m referencing is the horse lighter case. The biggest challenge was how to transpose the requested design onto the lighter’s rectangular shape. Some creatures features are more conducive to the rectangular shape, while others drive you right out of the box – the wolf lighter case is a prime example of the latter.
The shape of a horses head and neck are more triangular in profile. Side-by-side with the horse the sculpture was modeled after, the most artistic liberty I took becomes clear: on the top portion of the nose between the nostrils and the portion of the horses neck under its chin.
How do you make a horses neck look interesting while confined to the confines of a rectangle? The image below is what I was faced with. Wondering if it would be enough, I scoured the internet for images of horse harnesses thinking that would be the way to make the neck interesting – but alas, the horse it was modeled after was, “not that kinda horse”.
I ultimately decided to let the horse go “au naturale”. I justified that, “to appreciate the lighter you’d have to hold one side while observing the other… now you know which. I fell back on previous experience sculpting hair.
Let me know if there are any other questions you have about this process. If you’d like to buy a custom lighter case or have an idea for one, contact me.