I havn't played with clay since grade school art class- looong time ago. Every so often I'd buy some stuff to try out, but then get distracted with other projects and forget all about it. This clay had been sitting around for about a year now, and before it turned into yet another rock hard lump, I thought maybe it's time to take the plunge. So I made a snake- it didn't take very long, wasn't very difficult, and really was fun.
Step 1: Materials
I wasn't sure what would be needed, so there's a few things in this photo that weren't used.
wax paper- keeps the clay from sticking on work surface
clay- this is some air dry clay, but I imagine that the baking kind would work just as well
straw- to make the scale pattern
toothpick or other sharp pointy thing to draw eyes, nose
paintbrush & water- to moisten base when adding snake
an empty can or a lid from a jar- something round the size you want to make the base- use as template
There's another photo further on with the paints I used after it dried.