Clay is a shapeless raw material that’s waiting to be turned into awesomeness by your creativity. So is the Raspberry Pi. [Dorison Hugo] brought the two together in his artfully crafted SNES micro – a tiny retro gaming console sculpted from clay.
For his build, [Dorison] assembled two halves of a little case from sheet plastic, which both together have about the size of the components that will go inside the sculpture: a Raspberry Pi Zero and a USB hub. He then moulded clay on the outside of the two halves, using them as a scaffold for the actual case. After some more modeling, the lump started to take on the shape of a tiny SNES console, with the original proportions and tiny details carefully sculpted into the clay.
Once the clay had hardened, [Dorison] removed the plastic scaffold, sanded the model and carved out some more details using a rotary tool. A final paint job gives the little console its familiar look. With the hard part done, all that’s left to do is wiring the Raspberry Pi to the hub, epoxying everything in place, and firing up EmulationStation. Check out the video below, where [Dorison] walks you through his crafty build!