How to Make a Gargoyle

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How to Make a Gargoyle
Make your own gargoyle from polymer clay. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Dating back to the middle ages and perhaps even earlier, gargoyle's have been staring down on humans for centuries. These grotesque creatures adorning the stonework of great cathedrals and palaces but also small churches and plainer halls. Originally serving as waterspouts the term gargoyle is used for other carved or moulded ugly or grotesque creatures which are believed to protect from evil. Make your own gargoyle from modern materials and add a colourful twist to your hideous creation.

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Things you need

  • Hardening polymer clay in two to three colours
  • Scraper or modelling knife
  • Oven

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  1. 1

    Break your polymer clay into chunks and warm and roll between the palms of your hands for a few minutes to "condition" it so it ready for sculpting.

  2. 2

    Take pieces of different coloured clay and roll them together to form a ball approximate the size of a golf ball. The uneven and patchy colour mix adds to the grotesque effect.

  3. 3

    Place the ball on a flat surface and flatten it with the palm of your hand till it is approximately 3/4 inch thick. Cut the outline of a face shape from this using a craft knife. Use the excess clay you've cut off to form a large hooked nose and press this on to the centre of the face. Scrape away two eye shapes and roll excess clay into two small round balls and press these into the eye holes. Do not flatten them too much as the googly-eyed look will suit the gargoyle's features. Press a large triangle on each side of the gargolye's head as pointy ears.

  4. 4

    Use a pencil to work a round hole for the gargoyle's mouth. Make the hole go all the way through the clay. You are unlikely to be using your gargoyle for funnelling water, but having a full hole will give it an authentic appearance.

  5. 5

    Bake in the oven according to manufacturer's instructions.

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