Introduction: Easy Clay Pumpkin Sculpture
Here is a technique for making a sculpture of a pumpkin that easily captures a pumpkin’s form. I used an air dry clay similar to model magic, but this technique could work for other clays as well.
- Model Magic (Orange and Green, but you can color white clay with washable markers)
- Green Pipe Cleaners (optional addition)
- Tooth Pick (optional tool)
Step 1: Color Clay With Marker
I started with orange clay but needed to make the green clay for the stem and leaf.
- Flatten the clay and color all over it with marker
- Fold it in half enclosing the colored part
- Knead the clay to mix the color in
- Repeat this until you get the color you want
Step 2: Divide Orange Clay
- Start with a ball of clay a little smaller than the size you would like your finished pumpkin
- Divide orange clay into 6 even pieces
- Form each piece into a round ball
Step 3: Form Pumpkin Pieces
- Take each ball and roll it into a cylinder shape. Mine here looked like fat baby carrots, but you can do different thicknesses and lengths to get different shaped pumpkins
- Align all the pieces in a straight line along their long edges
Step 4: Add the Stem
- With the green clay, create a stem and leaf
- The stem can be made by rolling a cylinder that is a little longer than the height of the orange cylinders
- The leaf should have a stem about 1″ long to tuck into the middle of the pumpkin. (optional: toothpick can be used for details)
- If you want a pipe cleaner vine, cut it to size and spiral it
- Add all the pieces to the middle of the laid out pumpkin pieces as shown
Step 5: Roll the Pumpkin Together
- Connect the first orange cylinder with the last orange cylinder by rolling the pieces together, keeping the stem in the middle.
- Your pumpkin is done, but you can squeeze it a little to give it a shape you like and use the tooth pick for some additional details.
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