How to Make Japanese Anime Sculptures

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How to Make Japanese Anime Sculptures
Use clay to make Japanese anime sculptures. (clay figurines image by fabersky from

Anime sculptures are small figurines that resemble immobile action figures. Although you cannot create an exact replica of other Japanese anime sculptures, since these sculptures are mass produced in factories, you can create your own interpretation of your favourite anime characters or a character of your own invention. The easiest way to create a sculpture is with clay. If you would like to paint your sculpture with detail, you will need to fire your sculpture in a kiln.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Clay
  • Clay tool kit
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint
  • Kiln

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  1. 1

    Design your Japanese anime character. Draw the character on paper to determine the approximate dimensions. Determine the height and width of the entire sculpture and the height and width of the body, head, legs and arms.

  2. 2

    Sculpt the anime character using clay. Push the clay into a humanoid shape using your hands. The humanoid shape should align with your dimensions and should have one head, two arms, two legs, two hands, two feet and a torso.

  3. 3

    Refine your sculpture using the clay tools. Use the needles and knives to add detail. Give your anime character eyes, lips and fingers. Add detail to the character's clothing using the needles.

  4. 4

    Add clay as needed. Grasp clay in your hands and roll it into the desired shape. Dip your finger in water and tap the area of the sculpture where you wish to add clay. Push the new piece of clay onto the sculpture and allow it to dry slightly.

  5. 5

    Set the sculpture in the sun and allow it to dry for about 24 hours.

  6. 6

    Paint the sculpture, as desired, using small paintbrushes.

  7. 7

    Fire the sculpture in a kiln.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep the clay damp during sculpting by using the sponge provided in your clay tool kit.
  • For extra help designing your character, download pictures of Japanese anime characters. You may wish to copy the dimensions of one of the anime characters exactly.
  • Do not attempt to use a kiln without supervision, unless you are familiar with kiln use.

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