Start off with simple animal shapes
and before you know it you'll have a whole zooful of
creatures. Remember to press firmly when you have to
stick two parts together, such as a leg to a body, so
that they won't fall apart later.
Snakes and bugs
Take some simple shapes and turn
them into snakes and other creepy crawlies.
1. Roll out a snake shape. Roll
one end into a point to form the tail.
2. Roll out a smaller, thin snake
for a tongue. Fold this piece in half. Leave the ends
spread apart and pinch and roll the folded part smooth.
3. Attach the tongue to the bottom
of the snake's head. Make two small balls for eyes and
press them onto the head. Draw on a mouth with the point
of a pencil.
4. Decorate your snake with small
pancake spots and curl him into any position.
1. To make a spider, lightly press
a ball of clay onto the board to flatten the bottom.
Stick on a smaller ball for a head and add a face.
2. Roll out eight thin snakes
for legs. Pick up the spider and attach the legs onto
its flat bottom.
You can find more tips,
ideas and complete projects in Barbara Reid's book Fun
With Modeling Clay