How to Make Clay Pigs

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How to Make Clay Pigs
Clay pigs are most commonly used as piggy banks, but you can create a decorative one. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Making a clay pig isn't complicated since you only need to make a few different-sized clay balls, two triangles and a clay coil. In terms of materials, choose from organic, polymer or air-dry clay. Organic clay is less expensive, but requires kiln firing. Air-dry clay doesn't require firing, but it is less resistant to water. Polymer clay is costlier, but uses oven firing; you can also buy coloured clay and don't have to paint the pig afterward.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pink polymer clay
  • Work table
  • Toothpicks
  • Rolling pin
  • Black polymer clay

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  1. 1

    Wedge the polymer clay to make it softer and to shape the components of your pig. Use both your hands to press the clay, as you would while kneading dough. Work on a wooden board or a table.

  2. 2

    Prepare a clay sphere, which is the body of the pig. Shape another smaller sphere, which is the head of the pig.

  3. 3

    Insert the end of a toothpick into the body of the pig, and attach the head to the body, placing it on the toothpick.

  4. 4

    Prepare four smaller clay balls of the same size, which are the feet of the pig.

  5. 5

    Attach the feet to the body using four toothpick ends.

  6. 6

    Make a small ball, and flatten it to obtain a snout. Apply it to the head of the pig. Use a toothpick to carve the nostrils.

  7. 7

    Make a clay slab using a rolling pin. Cut two small triangles of equal size, which are the ears of your figurine. Attach the ears to the head.

  8. 8

    Use black polymer clay to make two small balls, and place them above the snout for the eyes of the pig.

  9. 9

    Make a thin clay coil, curl it around a toothpick and apply it to the back of the pig for the tail.

  10. 10

    Fire the polymer clay in a oven. The firing temperature depends on the brand of clay you use. Check the label for firing temperature recommendations. The temperature should be at least 98.9 degrees Celsius for polymer clay to fuse properly.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to make a piggy bank, the pig needs to be hollow on the inside. Use a sphere-shaped mould, and press the clay into the two halves of the mould. Join the two halves together, and add the feet, the tail, the snout, the ears and the eyes. Cut an opening to insert coins.
  • Don't set the oven temperature to above 149 degrees Celsius because polymer clay can burn and yield dangerous fumes.

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