King Tutankhamen (Tut) is one of the most easily-recognisable figures of ancient Egypt. School-age students learning about Egypt and its famous boy king often make replicas of Tut: posters or other drawings; mock sarcophagi with the mummified Tut inside; cardboard or construction paper versions of Tut's burial mask; or small statue versions of the pharaoh. Using modelling clay and craft paints, you can easily make a King Tut statue--the level of detail is subject only to your imagination and artistic skill.
Cover the table or work surface with old newspapers or a plastic table covering to protect the surface.
Mold the modelling clay into a rough figurine of a man, eight to 10 inches high. Smooth the clay with damp fingers as you go. Add pieces of clay to the figurine to represent a man wearing Egyptian robes; it will look like a man wearing a knee-length skirt with a cinched-in waist.
Firmly attach small pieces of clay to the head of the figurine to make King Tut's headdress: make a small flat rectangle of clay and attach it to hang down around the head, leaving the face clear; add a small, wormlike shape standing up from the centre of the front. Let the clay figurine dry completely, about two to four hours.
Paint the dried figurine with craft paints: white for the robes with a gold line for a belt; royal blue and gold stripes for the headdress; gold for the small ornamental snake in the centre front of the headdress. You can add painted black or dark brown sandals and a face if desired. Allow paint to dry for one to two hours.
Replace paint with gauze strips wrapped around the body of the figurine to represent the mummy version of King Tut.
Allow longer drying time for large or detailed figurines.
Tips and warnings
- Allow longer drying time for large or detailed figurines.