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Jaunmarupe, Marupes novads, Latvia
2009
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Make a cute bunny figurine for your friends or for your terrarium.

So, in last summer i discovered my new ability of making small realistic looking animals out of clay. (My old art teacher was wrong when she said that i have no talent for sculpting! :D ) It happened when i was trying to make a bunny for my mini terrarium. I also made another one from clay scraps.
I made tutorial on how to make these bunny figurines! Hope you like it! This tutorial is very detailed,as i was working very hard on it. :]

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  1. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 1 1

    First, get your polymer clay - bigger ball for body and 2 smaller ones for the paws. If you don't know how big pieces you should take, look at the photo.
    *If you're going to paint your finished bunny, then it doesn't matters if your clay has other colorful clay pieces or other stuff in.

  2. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 2 2

    Take your biggest clay piece and roll it to an oval shape.

    *If your not going to paint your bunny or don't want any fingerprints showing on it, then use rubber gloves for your hands. Also, you should use clean clay then. ;)

  3. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 3 3

    Then start to shape the head and neck like so. Don't seperate these parts from each other.

  4. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 4 4

    Keep shaping the head, so it looks like head and also shape small front paws the same way.

  5. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 5 5

    For the back paws, take your two small clay pieces. Roll each one into balls and then make cone-like shapes.

  6. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 6 6

    Then flatten a bit so they start to look like paws.

  7. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 7 7

    Then fold the thinner part to the thickest part of the paw. Well, just look at the photo and see. ;)

  8. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 8 8

    Your bunny should look like this before adding the back paws. I forgot to mention that you also have to shape a small rabbit tail on the back.
    Make sure that most of the bunny parts are shaped by now, because doing this later may be harder.

  9. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 9 9

    Carefully attach the legs to the bunny's body, make sure you don't squeeze the bunny.

  10. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 10 10

    For the ears, take another 2 small clay pieces, smaller than the first ones. Roll each clay piece like shown in the picture.

  11. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 11 11

    Then flatten them a bit, so they start to look like long bunny ears.

  12. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 12 12

    Shape the ears by taking a needle and folding the narrow end of the flattened ear over the needle a bit.Don't press the ear completely,it should look like in the photo.
    (I hope you understand what i was trying to say)

  13. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 13 13

    If you didn't understood, here you can see the ears better.
    Now to attach the ears. I know that there must be a better way to attach ears to the head, but for my first bunny (im showing you in pictures), i poke two larger holes with a needle in the head and somehow sticked the ears in them.

  14. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 14 14

    I attached them like so. When you have added the ears, you can position them however you like them to stand.

  15. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 15 15

    Then i added smaller details for the bunny's face - i draw a mouth,nose and eyes with a needle. When you do this,don't push the needle too hard in the clay.

  16. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 16 16

    This is the basic bunny that should look like this by now, if you are also making it. ;)

  17. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 17 17

    You can add some fur detail with needle (however,you can also make this effect with painting), or you can sculpt the bunny a bit better,add some more work to it. This was my first bunny i made, so i didn't know so much about making them.

  18. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 18 18

    I used wet paint brush here, but for the furry look effect, use dry brush and paint. Just stroke the paint over your bunny.

  19. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 19 19

    After baking your bunny, go and find some paint! I used acrylic paint for my bunnies.

    *If you wasn't planning to paint your bunny, you are finished by now. :)

  20. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 20 20

    And don't forget to paint cute paws to your bunny!

  21. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 21 21

    Also add some light paint to nose and eyes! You can use permanent marker for eyes. ;)

  22. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 22 22

    When the paint has dried, you add a coat of clear nail warnish to your bunnies if you like. Or atleast put some on the eyes to make them shiny.

  23. How to mold a clay animal. Polymer Clay Bunnies - Step 23 23

    And your bunny figurine is done! You can put it for display or place in a terrarium! You can also try to make different animals based on this how to. =]

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