In this post I am sharing with you how I created my new animal sculptures.
First up my polymer clay cats.
I made all of these cats with polymer clay (Super Sculpey firm medium grey and Super sculpey beige). I attached tails the with a wire and I made the eyes with glass cabochons which I painted with acrylic paints.
After curing I painted the cats with white Gesso first to make the acrylic paint stick better. And then I painted them with several layers of acrylic paints. I found the ginger one the trickiest to paint, because of the stripes.
Cat made with air dry clay.
A few months ago, I bought some cheap air dry clay from Aldi – I also posted this video about the clay. I have never worked with air dry clay before and wanted to try it out. In the video I created this cat. It has the same type of eyes and is created similarly to my polymer clay cats – though I decided to keep the ears smaller. The cat had to dry for a few days before I painted him black, white and pink. I also used acrylic colours for him. I didn’t use the Gesso though and found that several layers were also needed because this clay absorbs paint quickly and still shows some clay. This is a one-of air dry cat, as I definitely prefer to work with polymer clay. However, for YouTube I have just recently filmed this tutorial for you to try out – it shows you how you can make beautiful Christmas tree decorations.
Dachshund sculptures and Beagle sculpture.
While I have had plenty of practice sculpting cats, I haven’t created many dogs. So, I decided to sculpt a dachshund and a beagle. For the first dachshund I used grey Super Sculpey. I noticed that their toe nails (or claws) are quite prominent and I wanted to show them in my sculpture. Adding them raw on raw clay didn’t really work so I sculpted them first and cured them. I then added the nails to the paws, which wasn’t straight forward as they take up a lot of space. After baking I primed the dog with white Gesso. Originally, I wanted to paint him in brown, but it didn’t work with the colour I had and I ended up painting him black. Once dried I also varnished the eyes and the nose.
I also ended up sculpting a dachshund in brown. This time though I used brown clay and black clay for the dog and green clay for the base. This meant I didn’t have to paint him. I also used a different type of pre-baked eyeballs and I used pre-baked toe nails. After baking I highlighted the nose and eyes with varnish.
The beagle was more complicated and time consuming to make. I cured the legs and head first. Then I attached the front legs and the head and cured him again. Painting took a long time as I had to add several layers of the brown colour for a solid coverage.
The cheetah sculpture
The final sculpture of these bigger ones is my Cheetah. Again, I had to cure the front legs first and I also cured its tail first. I originally had the cheetah stand on a base, but when I painted the base I noticed it stayed sticky – this can happen with some acrylic paints or varnishes. I got rid of it and repainted the underside of the Cheetah. For the cheetah I also used the glass eyes I painted with acrylic paints. Painting the body of the cheetah took a long time – they do have a lot of spots!
New range of smaller sculptures: hedgehogs, fox and otter.
My husband suggested that I should try and make smaller and simpler sculptures that don’t take as much time to create. So, I have started with these new designs.
2 Hedgehogs, a small otter and a small fox. I didn’t want to paint any of them, so I used coloured clay. For the eyes I used small black glass beads. The challenge with the hedgehogs was to create an illusion of spikes without over complicating the design. So, I used two colours and created these two versions. I wanted the otter to have wet appearance and therefore decided to varnish him. The noses of the hedgehogs and fox are also highlighted with varnish.
I hope you like my new designs. They are all available in my shop and as an option I sell them with adoption certificates which can be personalised.
Thank you for reading.