A Little "Wooden" Dude.
I read all the books but noticed that there are no bowtruckles in the movies. They are supposed to be tree gaurdians. I liked the idea of little tiny stick-men that guard trees that I decided to make one! He is so adorable and creepy too. My kind of critter. I don't have the steps photographed but I will try to give you the idea with parts of the photo I did take.
Now, remember, he is made of wood, so he must look as gnarly and woodsy as possible. Get some brown sculpey and get to work!
It is hard to get conditioned sculpey to hold a good form so you will have to have toothpicks and bunched up aluminum foil to help him keep his form.
Roll an overly long arm and gnarl it a bit by slightly twisting the clay. Make the hand separately and make the joints of the fingers a bit large. Use a sculpturing knife to cut the basic fingers shapes and separate a thumb in the appropriate place, using your own hand as a guide. Elongate the fingers and thumb gently, making sure that you do not pull them apart. Score the sculpey at the end of the wrist area of the arm and attach the hand. Lightly score the clay as you go to give it all a woody look.
Put a pointy top at the shoulder area of the arm and flatten the shoulder a bit and score the inside so that you can glue it on later. Bake the arm according to the sculpey instructions, usually at 275 degrees in the oven for about two or three minutes, never bake for too long!
Make the other arm the same way with only slight differences like a deeper bend to the elbow or a twiggy protuberance at the top of the shoulder instead of a point and bake that after the first arm. Lay them both out to cool while you work on the rest of the Bowtruckle.
Make a gnarly little body, as short or long as you want it to be, still no set way to do it. You could go ahead and make the legs attached directly to the body if you want, just use rolled foil or toothpicks to strengthen the legs. Create flat little feet with long toes and score the clay so that they attach to the ankle areas. Remember, gnarly like riverwood. Keep lightly scoring the clay for wood-look. Bake these and lay out with the arms to cool.
Now his head should be the funnest part. Make the top of his head very branchy/twiggy. Look at some tree illustrations if you need ideas. Shape his face to have a large nose and a little wicked smile. His head you have to score in a slightly different manner. You may want to put a little wood-knot design around one of his eyes or nose, whichever looks right for you. Poke darker wooden beads into the eye area, if you use plastic beads for his eyes be careful not to touch them, plastic gets really hot! If you want to go all out for his woodsy look, use a touch of green sculpey and make tiny leaves for the branches/twigs at the crown of his head. Bake.
Now that all the body parts are baked and dried, use super glue to put him together. Be careful of his fingers and toes, they may break a bit too easily. You may make sure that he can stand on his own, but you will be gluing him down in the jar or display case so it is not really important if he does not stand on his own just yet.
Now, use your fingertip and darker brown or black paint and rub it into the scoring to enhance the wood look, wipe away extra with a small cloth.
Glue him int a jar or a small display case and display your captured Bowtruckle!