Step 1: Supplies
- one toothpick or a tiny twig
- needle nose plyers
- Sculpey clay in red, beige, and white (or just pink and white). I use Sculpey bake and bend.
- 1 egg
- push pin or safety pin
- aluminum foil
- balsa wood and florist wire are optional
- a dab of black acrylic paint
- drawing tools or a printer to print out pig and wings design
- clay tools: needle tool, mini roller, plastic knife
- one old paintbrush for removing burrs
- one tiny paintbrush for painting the eyeballs
- a couple index cards or cardstock
Step 2: Design and Preparation
B) Use my drawing for reference or sketch your own piggy with an egg shaped body. :)
Step 3: Armature
B) Wrap wrinkled foil around the wire to bulk out the legs. This will result in less clay used, an overall lighter sculpture and a shorter baking time. You can see that I used balsa wood here, which you can do if you have florist wire to wrap it onto the paperclip. I used hot glue to secure the wood to the paperclip, but I don't think using hot glue is a good idea in the oven. So be wise and just use foil. You can lash the paperclip legs/cradle onto the egg with strips of foil as shown. :)
C) Push together a roundish foil head and an oval foil snout; join the two pieces together by wrapping in another scrap of foil. Foil head+snout should be slightly smaller than piggy drawing to leave room for pink clay. Jam a toothpick or a bit of wood into the head and push that into the pointy end of your egg; there may already be a blow hole in just the right spot.
D) Poke a hole with your pin on each side of the pig where you intend to place wings. Straighten a paperclip and patiently push through the egg to the other side. Bend edges inward to avoid poking through the clay later, and bend into an upward wing position. It is ok if the wire rotates into a downward position for now. I kept a bit of wire hanging out as a placeholder and later put in the long paperclip.
Step 4: Puttin on the Skin
B) Drape clay over entire piggy and blend at the seams. Add rolls around legs to define thighs and secure joints on the underside. You can smooth joints with a ball tool or a small crotchet or knitting needle; I used my hands and the opposite end of my needle tool. Shape and smooth entire body until you are happyish. Do not aim for just right results now, because you will be handling piggy a lot as you add details.
Step 5: Details
B) Eyes: Imagine a line extending down the outside of the inner ear until you find a good place for an eye. Pierce a little dot there as a placeholder. Compare and adjust the eye locations as you look from all sides. Once you are satisfied, make two identical tiny balls and flatten them onto the eye locations you chose. Make a tiny snake (smaller than the eyeballs) and cut into four tiny pieces. Press these snakes below and above the eyeballs to shape lower and upper eyelids. We will paint the eyeballs black later (AFTER baking the clay).
C) Nose: Flatten a circle and shove it onto piggy's snout. Push two nostril indentations just a bit and pinch the top of the nose as shown.
D) Smile: Using a needle tool or paperclip, cut the jaw open a bit without exposing foil. Put a hint of a smile by turning up the ends of the mouth a little. I puffed out the cheeks a bit with a blended ball of clay on each side.
E) Hoofs: Trace hoofs by pushing the side of a paperclip around the ankle.
F) Tail: Roll a small snake with a tapered (smaller) end into a small coil. Join the base and coil to the piggy's rear and to itself for stability. Smooth joints.
G) Retouch/resmooth entire pig until you are happy. I used a mini roller and also rolled and pushed with the back end of a needle tool. Aim for just right results now, but please don't aim for perfection. This is a pig.
H) Preheat oven. Bake pig for 20 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness at 285 degrees F (130 degrees C). If you have followed instructions thus far with an armature for the body/legs/head as discussed, then 20 minutes should suffice.
Step 6: Wings and Second Bake
B) Second Bake: Bake again for 20 minutes at 285 F (130 C).
C) Finish: After it is completely cool, use a tiny brush to dab black acrylic paint onto the eyeballs. Consider placing piggy with some cotton batting or pulled cotton balls around the feet to make it look like piggy is in flight.