How to build a model of the eye

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How to build a model of the eye
A model of an eye can help young students learn occular anatomy more easily. (eye image by Pali A from

Although the eye may appear to have a simple design, it is actually incredibly complex in its structure and function. When elementary school students learn about ocular anatomy, it may be difficult for them to fully understand what the major features of an eyeball are without the use of a 3D model. To make your own 3D eye model, it is important to follow a few necessary guidelines that will ensure that all of the vital parts of the eye are included.

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Things you need

  • Polymer clay
  • Waxed paper
  • Clay knife
  • Oven

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  1. 1

    Roll a one-inch square of white polymer clay into a ball. This will be the round vitreous body of the eye.

  2. 2

    Roll a pea-sized piece of grey clay into a ball.

  3. 3

    Flatten the grey ball into a disc. Press the grey disk onto the white ball. This will be the eye's lens.

  4. 4

    Roll a dime-sized piece of brown clay into a ball.

  5. 5

    Flatten the brown ball into a disc, and press it onto the vitreous body, on top of the lens. This will be the iris of the eye.

  6. 6

    Roll a pea-sized piece of black clay into a ball.

  7. 7

    Flatten the black ball into a disc. This will be the pupil.

  8. 8

    Press the black pupil onto the middle of the brown iris.

  9. 9

    Bake the eye model in an oven at 93.3 degrees Cor 10 minutes.

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