Great feats of clay

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2011, 12:00am


What you'll need:

- Modelling clay in white, yellow, black and magenta

- White school glue

- Clay scissors

- Clay cutter

- Texture brush

- Agile fingers

1 Knead the lumps of white, black, yellow and magenta coloured clay to blend them.

2 Add a bit more black clay to the mass.

3 Split clay into two pieces: a larger one for the dog's body and a slightly smaller one for the head.

4 For the body, form the larger ball into an oblong shape, like a short fat sausage. Using a clay cutter, sculpt a cross into the ball.

Shape the legs by pinching and stretching quartered clay into points. Flip the body over and see if it can stand on its own. Pinch one end of its back slightly to shape its short tail. Poke a hole on the other end with a clay cutter.

5 For the head, form the smaller ball into an oblong shape. Pinch a corner to form its neck. Apply glue to the hole on the body and insert the neck. Shape the ears by pinching and folding the top left and right corners of the head.

6 For the beard, knead white clay until it becomes soft and supple. Pinch the bottom left and right corners, stretching it downwards slightly. Glue the beard to the head.

7 For the brows, glue two small pieces of oblong white clay to the head.

8 Using a cutter, carve the mouth on top of the beard.

9 For the eyes and nose, glue two black dots under the brows and a larger one on top of the beard.

10 Using the texture brush, gently brush the surface of the beard.

11 When done, let it dry for a day to harden.