You can make whimsical animals out of Sculpey Clay. I love making them and they are really very easy. I like to make them out of the white and terracotta colored clay. There are many different colors that you can buy and the clay goes a lot further than you may think. It seems rather expensive but if you buy it on sale or in a large box of one color it is not that bad.
KIDS LOVE PLAYING WITH IT AND SO WILL YOU
You may think that you have to have a lot of artistic talent to create these animals but you don’t. I will guide you in this article on how to make a rabbit out of Sculpey Clay.
The first thing you need is a box of Sculpey Clay. In this article I have made one out of white clay for you to use as a reference.
You need a little aluminum foil.
You need three beads or you can use black or any color of Sculpey Clay for eyes and a nose.
Have a couple of toothpicks handy to use to put the head and body together.
You can use a toothpick for making etching on the rabbit.
PUTTING YOUR SCULPEY CLAY RABBIT TOGETHER
Make two balls out of aluminum foil, one should be twice as large as the other.
Take a toothpick and stick one end into the large ball and the other end into the smaller ball near the top, but not on top. This is your armature for your bunny body.
Roll your Sculpey Clay to condition and soften it. You will want clean hands especially if you are using the white clay. Flatten in out either with your hands or you can roll it out with a rolling pin, or pasta maker, which you don’t want to use with food products.
Gently roll the clay over the armature. Form it around the armature and shape it into a rabbit body. Anyway you want is okay. It is your bunny!
Take a large ball of clay about the size that you used for the body of the rabbit and separate it into one larger ball. You will separate this into two balls. You will separate another ball into smaller balls of the same size. Then you will separate another ball into two other balls about the same size as the last ball. You will make these into fat snakes. The pictures will be your guides
Now have fun with it. Shape the back legs like in the photographs and attach to the body in the back of the rabbit. Shape the smaller balls into the front feet. Attach a small round tail and add your beads for eyes and nose. You can take a toothpick and etch in a smiling mouth and toes.
Don’t forget the little guy’s ears. You can shape a little hollow for the middle of the ears, making the end smaller and ear shaped. Attach these to the bunny’s head. You might want to press the legs and ears in quite firmly and etch, or score as it is called in pottery, the two inner sides where you attach the legs to the body. This will make it stick better. If a leg should come off after baking, just glue it back on with craft or wood glue.
You will bake it in the oven for the amount of time and temperature that the directions give you on the box. This project is so easy and so much fun not just for kids but for adults too.
If you help out at school or at nursing homes, everyone loves this project.
When it is complete and cooled you can paint or varnish it if you want. It is very versatile and will be hard when baked. Until it is baked it will stay pliable. I am addicted to this medium.