So now I am going to walk you through one of my sculptures, using colored polymer clay to add stripes to a White Tiger.
I start by sculpting the body using white clay. I add colored glass beads for eyes and pink and black clay for a tiny nose. Then I mix black, white and a small amount of blue clay together to make a soft gray. I roll the gray clay out into long snakes/rods, trying to get the clay as thin as possible.
The next step is to lay the lengths of clay rods on the Tiger's body. Once you get the pattern the way you want, start flattening out and pressing the clay until it is smooth.
This part is very time consuming but worth the end result. :)
Keep lining up the rods in the pattern, pressing and smoothing each line out. Make sure to be mindful of the flow of the back so you don't end up with wonky stripes...Yes, wonky is bad. :)
All his stripes are added, he is looking like a fine white tiger and he isn't even baked yet.
The end result is a unique polymer clay piece. By using less paint, the color on this sculpture can not be scratched off or fade.
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Check out my Step-by-Step blogs to see other times I used this technique.
Thanks for reading!