Polymer modelling clay is versatile to work with and can be made permanent by baking it in a home oven instead of a kiln. The Tudor period of British history is full of fascinating clothing, architectural styles and activities that polymer clay buildings and figures can display. Let's look at some advanced modelling projects that combine the two.
Figures dressed in Tudor outfits would be a challenging polymer clay project. Noble women's clothes of the era are long gowns with tight triangular bodices, gathered skirts, long "bell" sleeves and high ruffled linen or lace collars. On their heads women often wore crescent-shaped coronets with veils at the back. Noblemen wore coats with broad shoulders that made them look rather square, doublets and hose and flat hats with jewels and feathers. Metallic and glitter polymer clays would work well for both jewellery and some of the fabrics in the clothes.
Tudor Homes and Businesses
The Tudor era has some distinctive styles of architecture. Perhaps the best known, and easy to do with polymer clay, is the "black and white" house style, which has peaked shingled roofs and dormers. Within the triangles formed by the roof line and elsewhere on the exterior walls, white wattle and daub surround dark wooden beams. Roll out a sheet of polymer clay cut to shape for the wall, and then add strips of polymer clay for the beams. Cut out the shapes you need from sheets of white polymer clay for the wattle and daub.
Castles were also part of the Tudor era. Sometimes, they are more of as a large manor house than a castle, although they often combined elements of the medieval castle (turrets, crenellated battlements, large main gates with a drawbridge) with the newer styles (peaked roofs with dormers, more and larger windows) as the owners added on to older castles. A Tudor castle made with stone-look polymer clay could also have sections done in the "black and white" style. The castle could be set on a hill overlooking a polymer clay Tudor town.
Tudor Sports & Entertainments
There were many sports and entertainments in the Tudor era. Nobles in armour still jousted during this time (even Henry VIII jousted when he was a young man). Tennis was popular, as was a rowdy form of football (soccer). Nobles hunted with hounds and falcons. Other well attended sporting events included fencing and archery. Chess, cards and dice games were played. Nobles and commoners alike enjoyed the theatre, travelling circus and carnival performers and various types of animal fighting. All of these activities can be portrayed with polymer clay figures.