Constructing clay figurines is a wise way to express your creative side. Making a giraffe out of clay is similar to other animals -- it just takes the right tools and the right touch. Build figurines by yourself, or with family, friends or a group of art students. Lay out all of your hand tools before you begin so your work remains uninterrupted while working with wet clay.
Pour one and a half cups of cool water into a sauce pan. Combine one cup of cornflour and two cups baking soda into the water. Stir together until the mixture is no longer lumpy.
Simmer over medium heat and bring the ingredients to a boil. Stir often -- until the combination because thick and mushy. Turn off the burner and remove the sauce pan from the heat.
Dump the newly formed clay out of the pan and into a medium-sized dish. Drape a cool, wet cloth over the clay. Give the mixture thirty minutes to cool.
Work the clay into a soft and elastic form. Put the clay into a plastic bag and place it into the refrigerator for a minimum of 60 minutes. If you have leftover clay after making your giraffe, place it back into the bag and into the fridge.
Lay out newspaper on a flat tabletop. Position all necessary hand tools and clay nearby. Place at least one image of a giraffe within view as a point of reference when creating your figurine.
Mold and shape clay into individual portions of the giraffe body: legs, tail, midsection, neck and head. Cut the clay with scissors or a cookie cutter. Detail the eyes, freckles and mouth by using a toothpick.
Score each part of the individual pieces that will join with other portions of the body. Scrape the top of each leg and the underside of the giraffe midsection in a grid pattern with a toothpick, for example. Dampen the tops of the legs and underside of the midsection with water. Press each leg into the underside of the midsection -- one at a time. Repeat the scoring process for all parts of the body. Scoring helps strengthen the connection of the clay.
Wrap a toothpick in tin foil and stick it into the top, front portion of the midsection. Mold clay around the narrow toothpick to create the giraffe neck. The toothpick reinforces this long, slender portion of the giraffe body.
Allow at least one full day for the clay figure to air dry. Brush acrylic paint over the body of the giraffe and lather the painted figurine with one coat of polyurethane for gloss and protection. Allow one additional day for the figurine to dry.
Things you need
- Giftwrappers or photos
- Aluminium foil
- Sauce pan
- Baking soda
- Plastic bag
- Medium-sized dish
- Pictures of giraffes
- Aluminium foil
- Cookie cutter
- White glue
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes