How to make a 3D wolf model

Written by kelly sundstrom | 13/05/2017
How to make a 3D wolf model
You can make a 3D model of a wolf out of polymer clay. (Getty Creative)

When learning about mammals, it can be exciting to create a project relating to the animals you're studying. For example, you can create a 3D model of a wolf when learning about boreal forest mammals. If sculpted using certain guidelines, you can use your wolf in a report presentation or place it inside a diorama on boreal forests.

Use needle-nosed pliers to bend a 13-cm (5-inch) long wire into an oval. This will be the body of the wolf.

Twist an 8-cm (3-inch) piece of wire into a circle onto one end of the oval for the wolf's head.

Attach an 8-cm (3-inch) piece of wire sticking straight out on the other end of the oval for the wolf's tail.

Attach two 8-cm (3-inch) pieces of wire onto each of the wide sides of the oval for the wolf's legs.

Stuff a ball of aluminium foil into the body and head of the structure.

Cover the structure with grey polymer clay.

Use a clay knife to sculpt the paws, muzzle, ears and tail of the wolf out of the polymer clay.

Use a toothpick to add detail onto the wolf sculpture, such as fur, eyes, nose holes, claws and teeth.

Place the wolf sculpture onto an aluminium Swiss roll tray.

Bake the sculpture in a 150 degree oven for 15 minutes. Allow the model to cool completely before displaying it. Different clays will bake at different temperatures, so check the instructions on the packaging.

Things you need

  • Craft wire
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Aluminium foil
  • Polymer clay
  • Clay knife
  • Toothpick
  • Swiss roll tray
  • Oven

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