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Animal Sculptures

Tips
• Keep your scuplture simple.
• Keep unused clay from drying out by sealing it inside a plastic bag and putting it in the refrigerator.

Buy modeling clay for your animals or make some using the recipe below.
• 2 cups of baking powder
• 1 cup corn flour
• 1 1/4 cups of water
• Saucepan
• Greaseproof paper
• Poster or acrylic paints
• Colored felt-tip markers
1. Stir the baking powder, cornflower, and water together in the saucepan. Heat for a few minutes on a medium setting, stirring constantly until the mixture is the thickness of mashed potatoes.
2. Remove the pan from the heat and scrape the mixture onto a piece of greaseproof paper. Allow it to cool for at least ten minutes.
3. With your hands, roll the cool clay into a ball, then flatten the ball on the greaseproof paper. Keep rolling and flattening the clay until it is smooth.
4. Look at pictures of animals to get an idea of their shapes and features. Start with a lump of clay about the size of a ping pong. Mold the clay into a simplified animal body shape.
5. Gently pinch out pieces of clay to form the animal’s head, ears, legs, tail, and other features.
6. Allow the sculptures to dry overnight or until they are hard. Then add markings and details with paint and colored markers.