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How to Sculpt Moths and Butterflies from Polymer Clay / Sculpture, Modeling Tutorial, Jewelry Design

Stephanie Kilgast, Award winning contemporary artist.

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6 Videos (32m)
    • Introduction

    • Inspiration and Reference

    • Black & White Moth

    • Blue Moth

    • Moth Tiger

    • Conclusion


About This Class

In this class I'm going to show you how to sculpt moths and butterflies using polymer clay.
To fully manage this class, you will need some patience, as an insect is made of many parts that need to be pre-baked and then assembled.
However, aside from the time and patience, it is not a difficult class to manage and accessible to beginners.



I am also showing you how to turn these into brooches or pendants for necklaces. This is an optional step.

Class Summary

I will guide you through different techniques showing you three different moths/butterflies.

1. Introduction
2. Gathering Inspiration
3.1. Black & White inspired by Bibasis Gomata Moth
3.2. Blue Butterfly
3.3. Garden Tiger Moth
4. Conclusion


Materials :

- Polymer clay (I use fimo and cernit)
- Dry pastels (I use Sennelier and Schmincke)
- Acrylic paint (Sennelier, Liquited, Schmincke, Golden)
- Black colored copper wire
- Plastic coated beading wire in white

Tools :

- Needle tool got mine from a set like this one

- Embossing tools, got mine on a french website :
but you can find some by searching for "embossing tools" on ebay, like these

- Spatulas from AMCreatures, got them in this set :

- blades I get from a grocery shop (the cheap regular blades for razors) or from specific shops like this one: exacto knife

- sandpaper, I use strength 80 the most and got it at my local brick and mortar shop.

- brushes I get at my local art supply shop, you should be able to find them on ebay too.

- those tweezers are jewelry tweezer, got them here (not the exact one I think, but similar)


Instrumental music by Amarante, 
Clairvoyance, The Antagonist, The Addict.

13 of 13 students recommendSee All

awesome class!!!!!
Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge on this skill! Your sculptures are amazing and I was mesmerized watching you work. I look forward to trying it myself once I have gathered the tools and materials.
Samantha Lane


Very beautiful work.
Linda Smith

I love art.





Stephanie Kilgast

Award winning contemporary artist.

Inspired by natural forms, St?phanie Kilgast grows colorful organic sculptures on abstract backgrounds, celebrating the beauty of nature and opposing it with abstraction, often a metaphor for the brutal impact of human activities on Earth's biodiversity.
Yet, the opposition between biodiversity and human activities also creates a beautiful artwork, a subtle balance to obtain true sustainability.
She built her reputation and her sculpting skills around hyperrealistic miniature...

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