When we visited the Asplund store in Stockholm their annual sale just started. Now we’re talking! I was happily collecting candle holders and vases while Leon was hovering around the store, kinda looking bored. Poor guy! But I swear I tried to keep the shopping to a minimum (with emphasis on trying), but we had major breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners to compensate (it’s a good thing we went kayaking…).

However, when I wanted to pay, Leon started pointing rather enthusiastically at this little ceramic figure. I had no idea why he wanted it so badly but who was I to say no. I couldn’t even have pronounced the word no by the way because I was stunned and laughing at the same time.  It literally is the first thing he ever bought for our home (besides all the electronics of course).

When trying to find a place for the Studio Arhoj ghost I started thinking how easy it was to DIY it. And it indeed was, so here are the instructions:
1. Get some clay, I used Das clay that air dries and doesn’t have to be baked.
2. Make a cone that is 9 cm high and 4 cm wide at the bottom.
3. Let it dry for a few days.
4. Use white nail polish to get the glazed effect of the original.
5. Apply a thin layer of nail polish on the cone.
6. Let it dry.
7. Drip the nail polish on the cone for the second layer and while dripping and turning, use the brush for the bottom and to make it more even.
8. Turn the figure up and down and around to let the nail polish dry even.
9. When the nail polish is dry, use a really thin porcelain pen for the eyes (and be patient, drawing the eyes is really difficult but if you make a mistake you can easily wipe it away with some water).
10. And you’re done!

P.S. The DIY is the one with a light grey bottom, the real one has a beige bottom and is standing on the right.