I love art supply shops, most of the time I’ll go into them just for fun or to have a look around rather than needing to buy something specific. Anyway on one such trip I was looking around when I came across sculpey which is an oven dry clay. I used to love this stuff as a kid so on impulse I bought some, cleaning out my bag today I found it and wanted to make something so I thought why not make a 3D version on my Patrick illustration and it kind of evolved from there!
You will need
- Sculpey (or similar over dry clay)
- Acrilic paint (I bought white clay then painted it but you could buy coloured clay)
- Jump ring and lobster clasp
- Paintbrush, wooden kebab stick or toothpick, stanly knife or exacto knife to help mould- you can buy specialist tools but I found the back of the paintbrush the most efficient)
I broke up Patrick into basic shapes from the image I already had but I had to create a basic mane shape since my origional illustration doesn’t show one.
I started by making the head by creating a ball and then making one side thinner for the snout. After creating triangle shaped ears I stuck them onto the head an using the back of a paintbrush so attach them and smooth the edges.
I created an oval shaped for the body and attached the head, used a small ball of clay the back of the neck to make it more secure before attaching the mane and a forelock.
I made a long sausage shape and cut it into four to creat the legs and attached them to the body the same way.
Creating a small sausage shape that’s smaller on each end creates the tail and then I used a toothpick to give a hair texture to the mane and tail.
I cut a small slit in the neck and inserted the jump ring with the lobster clasp attached and added a bit more clay to secure it.
After it has completely cooled you can paint it to look like your horse and seal using a clear drying sealant like modpodge.