How to Make a 3D Spotted Dolphin

Written by brenda priddy
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The spotted dolphin is a little larger and has a more fishlike appearance than some other varieties of dolphin. The spotted dolphin has a dark blue back and a white belly. White spots decorate the dolphin, and sometimes grey spots are also scattered on the dolphin's stomach. You can make a 3D spotted dolphin from polymer clay. Paint the dolphin after baking to look like the real spotted dolphin. You can modify the clay to look more or less realistic depending on how detailed you form the clay.

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Things you need

  • Polymer clay
  • Toothpick
  • Baking tray
  • Oven
  • Acrylic paint
  • Small paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Work the clay between your fingers to soften it. Create an oval for the body of the dolphin. Make the oval about three inches long.

  2. 2

    Pinch the 1/3 mark on the oval to transform the oval into a shape that looks similar to a squid's body. Pinch the 1/3 mark on the other end to create a larger lump in the middle with two smaller lumps on either side.

  3. 3

    Make a pointed nose for the dolphin along one end of the clay. Flatten the other end of the dolphin between your fingers to make a tail flipper. Use a toothpick to split the tail into two sections.

  4. 4

    Roll a tiny ball of clay and form it into a triangle shape. Press the triangle to the top of the oval for the dolphin's dorsal fin. Add two more triangles to make the pectoral fins.

  5. 5

    Add details to the dolphin with the toothpick, including the eyes, mouth and any other texturing details you want to add.

  6. 6

    Place the dolphin on a baking tray. Place the baking tray in a 225 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes per ¼ inch thickness of clay. For a one-inch thick dolphin, cook the clay about 80 minutes.

  7. 7

    Allow the dolphin to cool before painting. Paint the stomach of the dolphin white and the top a dark blue. Allow the paint to dry. Speckle the top of the dolphin with small white dots. Add some grey dots to the white area of the dolphin. Allow the paint to dry two hours.

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