Oh, you’re going to love this…a magical polymer clay unicorn tutorial to brighten your day, and your creative repertoire. Let’s just say, I’ve got a new friend and her name is Sassy. (Tell me I’m not the only one who’s named some of her figurines?) So are you looking to do something like this, too? Great!
You see them on posters, greeting cards, heck even tattoos. The ethereal unicorn gracing us with their mystical presence and a lot of glitter.
So I’m going to walk you through what I did, and perhaps you may even end up naming yours , too, (unless you plan to gift it.)
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- One larger size package of polymer clay in white or a light pastel color (i’m using Fimo Soft in blush pink)
- A few small 2 oz blocks of differing color clay (choose your own, vibrant colors; this will be for the mane and tail)
- X-acto knife and assorted tools
- Glitter for a little extra “bling”!
- Dark paint for features
First things first…kneading your clay. Start working it until it reaches a pliable condition. You can use your pasta machine or roller to condition it.
Now to decide – do you want a sitting or standing unicorn? You could have a standing pose, but it is more doable if you create an aluminum foil armature (crumple it into a ball and then kind of nudge it into an oblong/oval shape) then wrap the slab of clay around it-this will make that part lighter and more balanced with the legs attached.
A sitting pose, as I’ve chosen, will be a little easier as the weight overall will be easily distributed. To do this, work your kneaded clay into two large balls and then four smaller pieces the two large balls will represent the head and body and the four small pieces will be for the limbs.
Keep working the large clay balls, and work them into a slight “pear” or teardrop shape -just sort of make it look larger at the bottom. The unicorn head will be sort of a “pear” shape too.
The smaller pieces will represent the unicorn’s front and back limbs. Work them into oblong, oval shapes. All of them should look something like the right image above.
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The unicorns’ ears will be easy – they are made from two triangles – which are easy to cut using an x-acto knife. Attach them to the head and blend the seams down.
I then used toothpicks to attach the head to the body, and broke a couple more in half to attach the limbs.
Here comes the fun part -making the horn! To do this I created another triangle out of clay to make the horn.
I rolled the triangle piece around the toothpick like this, making sure make it look tapered (bigger at the bottom than the point). Roll it all the way around the toothpick. Twist it a little bit so it gets that conical shape. (At first, I goofed…but the key is not to “overwrap” it.)
If you like you can cut another small strip in a different color and wrap it around the horn to ad a little more color to it. Insert the horn via the toothpick into the unicorn’s head.
Now choose a rounded sculpting tool and gently push a couple of dents into the head to represent eyes. A flat-edged toothpick worked well to shape the nostrils. Then use the toothpick to shape the mouth. Try to make this little guy a happy one.
Now for the mane and tail…you’ll love this as it’s very easy. Remember making clay “snake” coils when you were in grade school? Well we’re going to do that with those brighter clay bricks. Roll them into long “snakes”, like this.
Arrange all your snakes around the unicorn’s head and bottom to represent the mane and tail.
Using the gold clay, pinch off some of it and use this to create the unicorn’s hooves. Kind of cap off the limbs a little by wrapping the gold clay around the bottoms, you can also use one of your tools to add a little detail to them.
Now it’s time to bake this little guy! Follow all the proper baking guidelines and I’ll see you shortly.
All right! You’re almost done with your cute unicorn figurine. The last thing you want to do now is to paint the eyes and a little detail on the nostrils and smile mouth so they’ll stand out more, Use black or dark gray or dark brown to do this part.
I have seen people use a tiny pinch of black/dark brown or gray clay for the eyes, which is OK too (I don’t have those colors – plus I preferred to paint them on instead.) It’s all up to you though. To protect your sculpture, spray it with some protective sealant such as clear polyurethane.
Congratulations….You have just finished your first sculpture! Your unicorn friend can now be used as a cake topper, or just let her sit on to of your curio…or maybe you could even give as a gift?
Here’s the side view:
Good luck and have a magical day with this tutorial!
Have fun and let me know how it goes for you (I’d LOVE to see your magical unicorn sculpture too!)