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!

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  1. Dave Davidson

    Nintendo jump on the guys making free games that run on original hardware yet this is fine, I do like this however

  2. Nobody says this is fine, its just (as with 99% of what Nintendo takes down) that Nintendo doesn’t know about this yet untill some site posts about it.
    That said, not much they can do about this, thankfully.

  3. Because only licensed Nintendo games are to be sold for use with Nintendo systems, this is a raspberry pi that looks like an SNES, that they aren’t selling to anyone. The games they play they might even have rom dumped and be playing their own backup, which is perfectly legal, as far as I know.
    You can make just about anything you want for personal use, but once you start distributing modified files that weren’t your property to begin with you cross a line, that they feel they have to protect (unfortunately for the community)
    Apples, Oranges, etc.

  4. What kind of clay is he using? I thought clay had to be fired? (That would be cool though, a real “China” SNES knock off!)

  5. Probably polymer clay, brands like Sculpty etc that you can bake in your kitchen oven.

  6. I recall something called Das that only really needs to dry out.

  7. TacticalNinja

    I would rather use something like “Plastimake”, but it’s a bit more expensive.

  8. This guy’s super brave; in the video he was soldering milimeters away from a finger.

  9. Someone needs to make a 3D model of this to print. My modeling skills are not good. 🙁

  10. See if someone made any kind of 3d model of a SNES and convert and shrink. Think I remember one for Lightwave back in the day.

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