How to Sculpt a Clay Sculpture of Pegasus

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How to Sculpt a Clay Sculpture of Pegasus
Sculpt a Pegasus from wire and clay (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Making a clay Pegasus figurine is not extremely difficult. For a basic clay Pegasus, you will need to purchase a few different colours of bakable polymer clays. The most popular brands come in 56.7gr packages and are available in a wide variety of colours. There are many different styles of polymer clay Pegasus and horse style figures that you can make. Once you complete your first clay Pegasus figure, you might enjoy making accessories for it, and you might try making other styles of polymer clay figures.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Amateur wire
  • Picture of a horse or Pegasus drawing
  • 1-2 boxes of polymer clay with mixed colours
  • Butter knife
  • Q-tips
  • Glass oven baking dish
  • Clear glaze (optional)

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Instructions

    Pegasus Body Frame

  1. 1

    Build a wire frame body for the clay Pegasus using the thinner malleable amateur wire. You will need to build the body of the Pegasus using a double or triple layer of wire for each part of the body. Twist the wire together to secure and connect different body areas. Use the picture of a horse or a drawing of Pegasus to use as a model to construct the wire framework body of the clay Pegasus sculpture.

  2. 2

    Form and bend the amateur wire into shape until you are satisfied with its shape and ready to start packing the colour of polymer clay around the wire Pegasus body frame. Consider adding different colours of clay to the tail and mane areas of the Pegasus, but bear in mind that you will be able to add minute details to the outside of the clay Pegasus body once the main clay body formation is complete.

  3. 3

    Tear off some chunks of the clay colour that you choose to use to sculpt the main Pegasus body parts with and start forming and packing it around the wire body frame. Smooth the clay out while you go along, and trim off excess clay areas, making sure that you have all of the amateur wire parts of the Pegasus covered, but that the Pegasus body is not too fat or uneven.

  4. 4

    Affix the polymer clay colour or colours to the tail and mane section of the clay Pegasus. Add the clay ears to the Pegasus head. Add any other small details of clay to the Pegasus body.

    Sculpting

  1. 1

    Using a butter knife, push indents into the clay Pegasus face where the eyes, nostrils, and mouth will be.

  2. 2

    Form the eye shapes and smooth out the details on eyes, nose, and ears of the clay Pegasus with the fuzzy end of the Q-tip.

  3. 3

    Pre-heat the oven to 135 degrees C. Put the finished clay Pegasus into a glass baking dish, and set it in the oven for about 15 minutes. Check the item after 15 minutes to make sure it is not burning. If it needs more time to cook, try baking it for an additional five minutes.

  4. 4

    Carefully remove the baked polymer clay Pegasus sculpture figurine from the oven, and let it cool. You can coat or cover the polymer clay sculpture with a clear glaze if you choose to do so.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't make your first polymer clay figurine sculpture too complicated. Make the item a bit larger at first so that you can learn how handling polymer clay feels. Have fun making your Pegasus polymer clay sculpture, and use your own imagination and ideas.
  • If your first polymer clay sculptured Pegasus figurine does not turn out exactly as you wanted it to, don't get discouraged. You should have enough clay left, in enough colour varieties to make more clay sculptures.

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