Polymer Clay Serpent Bangle




Introduction: Polymer Clay Serpent Bangle

About: Hello, I'm Niki. I like to make things and save money while I am doing it.

These are the steps I took to create this polymer clay serpent bangle.


Made with Cosclay, aluminum armature wire, steel ball bearings and a Red Bull can.

Step 1:

I am using Cosclay and sculpting onto a 500ml Red Bull can.

Step 2:

Rolling out a long piece for the body.

Step 3:

Wrapping it around the can. Shaping it and pressing it down as I go.

Step 4:

Cutting a groove a long the center of the entire body.

Step 5:

A teardrop shape for the head.

Step 6:

Blending it onto the body.

Step 7:

Pushing some aluminum armature wire into the groove.

Step 8:

Closing up the gap over the wire and smoothing it out with my fingers.

Step 9:

The mutations on this serpent are based off of the online game Ovipets

and it was a lot of fun getting everyone's mutation suggestions.

Step 10:

For the eyes I am using steel ball bearings.

Step 11:

Using a ball tool to create the eye sockets.

Step 12:

Cutting in the mouth with a scalpel.

Step 13:

Shaping it along the sides.

Step 14:

Roll out and lightly flatten a piece for the tongue. Cut a slit, for the fork and place it into the mouth.

Step 15:

To add some texture to the body I am using the handle of my scalpel and rolling that over the snakes body.

Step 16:

For the diamonds on the body, I have rolled out a thin sheet of clay and cut diagonals with a flat blade.

Step 17:

Then again in the other direction.

Step 18:

I started placing them onto the head, using a combination of small and large diamonds.

Step 19:

For the tail I am rolling out short tapered pieces.

Step 20:

Giving them a slight curl to one end.

Step 21:

keep adding them until it looks right.

Step 22:

Moving onto the horns. To keep them consistent in size I press out 2 circles and cut them in half.

Step 23:

Roll each half out, with a point on one end.

Step 24:

Bring them together and twist them in to a spiral.

Step 25:

Figuring out the placement and using a ball tool to indent.

Step 26:

Place in the horns with a bit of bake n bond.

Step 27:

For the wings I am rolling out 3 large teardrop shapes and using a needle tool to create a line.

Step 28:

Then doing the same with 3 smaller teardrops.

Step 29:

Cutting a slot into the body, for the wings to sit.

Step 30:

I added 4 small flattened balls to hide the sharp join of the wings and body.

Step 31:

I then pressed them down with a ball tool.

Step 32:

Now for the long whiskers. I roll out my length, taper one end. And steeply cut the other end.

Step 33:

This end will be laying against the side of the face.

Step 34:

Find a nice, natural flowing position for the wishers to lay.

Step 35:

One last step before baking. And that is to empty out the can of Red Bull.

Step 36:

Now that it has been baked, I am carefully removing the sculpt from the can.

Step 37:

Note:I should have used a thicker gauge wire.
As it doesn't stay tightly clamped around my arm.

Step 38:

I am using a couple of coats of PVA glue as a base.

Step 39:

Then I am going in with a black acrylic paint.

Step 40:

Once the coat of black had dried, I mixed in some drying retardant and black Shimmer pigments.

Step 41:

The Shimmer wasn't staying on as well as I would have liked so . . .

Step 42:

I sealed it in with some more PVA glue.

Step 43:

The colours I choose are black, purple and bronze. 'acrylic paint'

Step 44:

Painted the purple details first.

Step 45:

I am used a small detail brush to do all of the bronze areas.

Step 46:

I also painted around all the diamonds with bronze and the little details on the wings.

Step 47:

The wishers were very time consuming and took a few coats until they finished.

Step 48:

I mixed some pinks in with the purple and I used this to add some depth to the piece.

Step 49:

I then added some black to darken the purple and used this to create the shadows.

Note:a toothpick works great for this.

I painted it around the creases of the horns, around the eyes and the deeper parts of the tail.

Step 50:

I used polyurethane gloss on the eyes and it is finished.

Step 51:

If you are into sculpting tutorials, then you might want to check out some of my other videos.

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    11 months ago

    This looks beautiful...maybe make one with bigger wings? I love the colors! Well done!

    Nikita Maree
    Nikita Maree

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thank you. Glad you like it.


    12 months ago

    thats amazing

    Nikita Maree
    Nikita Maree

    Reply 12 months ago

    Thank you so much. I really appreciate that.

    Nikita Maree
    Nikita Maree

    Reply 1 year ago

    I am so glad ♥ Thank you