How to Make Native American Polymer Clay Figures

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How to Make Native American Polymer Clay Figures
You can make a simple figure out of clay (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Making Native American polymer clay figures is not very difficult. For a basic Native American figure wearing a red blanket and denim blue trousers, you will need to purchase a few different colours of bakeable 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 figures and Native American style clay figures that you can make. Once you complete your first Native American figure, you might enjoy making other styles of polymer clay figures, too.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 56.7gr. reddish-brown polymer clay
  • Butter knife
  • Toothpicks
  • 56.7gr. black polymer clay
  • 56.7gr. red polymer clay
  • 56.7gr. denim blue polymer clay
  • 56.7gr. white polymer clay
  • Q-tips
  • 56.7gr. brown polymer clay
  • 56.7gr. turquoise polymer clay
  • Glass oven baking dish
  • Clear glaze (optional)

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Instructions

    Sculpting

  1. 1

    With the reddish-brown polymer clay, pull off a dime-to-quarter-sized piece of clay from the clay chunk and form the face of the Native American figurine. If you decide to make the face larger, add more clay to the clay piece that you have pulled off. Knead the clay blob between your fingers and hands, making it more malleable while rolling it into the shape of the face that you desire.

  2. 2

    Push indentations into the clay Native American face using a butter knife where the eyes and mouth will be. Smooth out eye and mouth indents with the Q-tip. Push up and in from the eyes to create and form the nose of the Native American sculpture. Add details to the face using a toothpick.

  3. 3

    Tear off some chunks of the black polymer clay and roll them into long stringy wormlike shapes between your hands. Tear off another chunk to form the clay figure's main hairpiece. Make a flat hairpiece and gently push it onto the clay figurine's head. Braid the black stringy pieces together and attach them to the other hair section, gently, on the clay figure's head to form braids on the Native American clay figure.

  4. 4

    Using the red polymer clay, tear off a larger blob of clay to form the clay figure's main body section. Poke a toothpick into the top of the body, leaving one end out; this will be used to poke up into the head section that you created so that the figure's head will be attached to its body.

  5. 5

    Roll out two medium-sized chunks of the denim-blue polymer clay to form legs. Poke toothpicks into each on one end, leaving a small portion of toothpick protruding so that the legs will be pushed up into the red clay body of the figurine and attach to it. Smooth the clay out around the figures, connecting joint areas. The Native American clay figurine should appear to be sitting down with legs extending forward from its lower body.

  6. 6

    Wash your hands and then open up the white polymer clay. Tear off small chunks and roll them into thin long strings. Push these onto the red clay body of your figurine to form criss-cross designs, as if the figurine is wrapped in a red blanket with a patterned design on it. Smooth these into the red body gently using the Q-tip. Make sure you do not smear the white into the red.

    Finishing Details

  1. 1

    Pluck off small pieces of brown clay and push them into the Native American clay figure's face to form its eyes. Use red for lips, if desired. Add black shoes to the blue jean leg bottoms and small bits of turquoise-coloured clay for earrings, a necklace or other jewellery. You can also use the reddish-brown clay to add one or two hands clutching the blanket near the neck of the clay figure.

  2. 2

    Preheat an oven to 135 degrees C. Put the finished Native American polymer clay figure in 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 due to the amount of clay used, try baking it for an additional 5 minutes, then check again.

  3. 3

    Carefully remove the baked Native American polymer clay 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.

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