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. :]
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.
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. ;)
Then start to shape the head and neck like so. Don't seperate these parts from each other.
Keep shaping the head, so it looks like head and also shape small front paws the same way.
For the back paws, take your two small clay pieces. Roll each one into balls and then make cone-like shapes.
Then flatten a bit so they start to look like paws.
Then fold the thinner part to the thickest part of the paw. Well, just look at the photo and see. ;)
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.
Carefully attach the legs to the bunny's body, make sure you don't squeeze the bunny.
For the ears, take another 2 small clay pieces, smaller than the first ones. Roll each clay piece like shown in the picture.
Then flatten them a bit, so they start to look like long bunny ears.
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)
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.
I attached them like so. When you have added the ears, you can position them however you like them to stand.
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.
This is the basic bunny that should look like this by now, if you are also making it. ;)
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.
I used wet paint brush here, but for the furry look effect, use dry brush and paint. Just stroke the paint over your bunny.
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. :)
And don't forget to paint cute paws to your bunny!
Also add some light paint to nose and eyes! You can use permanent marker for eyes. ;)
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.
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. =]