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Polymer Clay for Beginners
Whether you’re a dog person or more of a cat person, this little Pug is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 1
    Step 1

    Form the tan clay into a ball, and then use the side of your finger to create an indent for the Pug’s legs.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 2
    Step 2

    Pinch each corner slightly to pull out the legs.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 3
    Step 3

    Turn the Pug right side up to make sure it stands evenly, and adjust as needed.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 4
    Step 4

    Roll out a thin rope of tan clay that’s roughly the same length as the Pug’s body.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 5
    Step 5

    Coil up the rope to create a curly tail. Place it on the Pug’s backside, and smooth down one end of the tail to attach it firmly to the body.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 6
    Step 6

    Using black clay, create a small oval disc. Place it in the center of the Pug’s face for its muzzle.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 7
    Step 7

    Make two small black triangles for the Pug’s ears. Place them on either side of its face, above the muzzle.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 8
    Step 8

    Using a round detail tool, make indents where you want the Pug’s eyes to go. Form two tiny balls of black clay, and place them in the indents. Flatten them with your finger.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 9
    Step 9

    Make a small black triangle about the same size as the eyes, and place it on top of the muzzle to form the Pug’s nose.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 10
    Step 10

    With a small amount of pink clay, make a flat oval for the dog’s tongue. Use your fingernail or a needle tool to create a line in the tongue, and place it on the muzzle with the end of the line touching the Pug’s nose.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 11
    Step 11

    To turn your Pug into a charm, carefully push a headpin through the top, and then bake it according to the instructions on the clay’s packaging.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 12
    Step 12

    Once baked and cooled, bend and cut the wire to about ¼" (6 mm) in length. Then use round-nose pliers to twist the wire into a small loop.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now let’s paint your Pug’s paws! Turn it upside down, and paint little black hearts with the points facing the front of the dog.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 14
    Step 14

    Paint four small ovals around the pointed end of each heart.

  • How to sculpt a clay dog. Pug Charm - Step 15
    Step 15

    Finish up your polymer clay Pug by painting little white dots on the eyes. This will bring your dog to life!

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