How to Make Mickey Mouse Out of Clay

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How to Make Mickey Mouse Out of Clay
Make a clay Mickey Mouse. (clay image by Pavel Korsun from

You can make a Mickey Mouse out of terra cotta clay right at home without the use of a kiln. Today's air-dry clays look and feel very similar to the type of terra cotta clay used in traditional clay sculpture. Mickey Mouse has been a Disney icon since 1928. You only need a few supplies that can be found at most art supply stores. Some items you may already have on hand to complete this art project.

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Things you need

  • Picture of Mickey Mouse
  • Paper and pencil (optional)
  • Armature wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Piece of wood
  • Block of air-dry clay
  • Thin piece of wire
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brushes
  • Varnish
  • Sponge brush

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  1. 1

    Obtain a photo or two of Mickey Mouse to give you an idea of the traditional colours, expressions and poses of the character.

  2. 2

    Decide how large you want your sculpture to be. Make a mental image of how you want your sculpture to look. If it helps you, sketch the image on a piece of paper.

  3. 3

    Bend the armature wire into the shape and pose you would like your Mickey Mouse to have. Use the wire cutters to cut the pieces of wire to the suitable size. The goal is to make a shape that you can wrap clay on top of. The armature is like the skeleton of the sculpture.

  4. 4

    Set your armature on a piece of wood.

  5. 5

    Cut a slab of clay off of the block of clay using a thin piece of wire. Slam the clay down on a table or floor several times to remove any air bubbles.

  6. 6

    Mold the clay around the Mickey Mouse armature wire, shaping with your fingers as you go. When you have the look that you want, let it dry in the open air until it has hardened. This takes a day or two.

  7. 7

    Paint the sculpture and allow the paint to dry. The traditional colours used for the cartoon character are black, white, mustard yellow, light skin colour and red, but you can use whatever colours you want to for your creation.

  8. 8

    Cover the sculpture with a coat of varnish using a sponge brush. Allow the varnish to dry before moving the sculpture.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use toothpicks, a credit card or formal sculpting tools to shape your sculpture.

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