For this year's Christmas, I decided to sculpt my own reindeer. I procrastinated too much and finally sat down on 24th to create 4 of these.
Caveat: These are not anatomically correct. They are intended to be funny and cartoonish.
Step 1: Aluminium Core and Starting Shapes
I made 2 shapes - one sphere and a small tear drop shaped aluminium core.
Then I covered them with thin layer of white Polymer clay and baked them once I had 4 sets. This baking helped me to work worry free on rest of the body
Step 2: Neck and Body Connected
Made a small snake of clay and connected the head to body.
I smoothed out the neck and ensured that neck end is slender and body end is wider.
Once I was satisfied with shape, I bent its neck giving it a curve. This gave me added benefit of folds on neck that look quite nice.
Step 3: Legs, Ears, Antlers and Tail
I added polymer clay legs with slight bump at base to fashion hooves.
Then added antlers, ears and tail to each reindeer. I don't have pictures for this part of process.
Step 4: Final Bake and Painting
Once I was satisfied with shape of the reindeers, I baked them in oven as per clay manufacturer's guidelines.
Once cooled down, I colored the reindeer and for some bling added golden glitter to antlers. I made red noses for them but have not yet glued them.
Step 5: Conclusion
Once all 4 reindeers were painted and finished, I added them to the display with my balsa wood sled and polymer clay Santa.