How to Sculpt a Miniature Frog in Polymer Clay | Art Sculpture | Stephanie Kilgast | Skillshare

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How to Sculpt a Miniature Frog in Polymer Clay | Art Sculpture

teacher avatar Stephanie Kilgast, Contemporary artist.

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Lessons in This Class

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      Sculpting the Body


    • 4.

      Sculpting the Legs


    • 5.

      Coloring and FInishing


    • 6.

      Final Words


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A fun and easy class fit for beginners but also for more advanced sculptors!
I will teach you how to sculpt a miniature frog and make it look realistic.

Then it will be your turn to make your own tiny frog!
You could use it as jewelry or home decor or in a bigger sculpture.
Have fun!

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Class Summary

Sculpting the Body
Sculpting the Legs
Making the Motif

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Three Chain Links

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Stephanie Kilgast

Contemporary artist.


Inspired by natural forms, Stéphanie Kilgast’s artwork is an ode to nature and its current biodiversity. Plants, mushrooms, insects and other animals encounter in a vibrant swirl of colors under her brush or sculpting tools.

Since 2017, in her series “Discarded Objects”, she grows colorful organic sculptures on human-made objects, celebrating the beauty of nature in a dialogue with humanity, questioning the lost balance between human activities and nature.
Her work has a cheerful post apocalyptic feel to it, a reassuring reminder that nature has the capacity to grow back, if we only let it.

She built her reputation and her sculpting skills around hyperrealistic miniature food sculptures. Her wo... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello, I am Stephanie. And today I'm going to share a super fun class really? On how to sculpt Aminata frog. I got inspired by the poison down for which is very colorful and extremely cute. And I'm very excited to share this class with you today, which is a very fun class, fit for beginners and also more advanced cultures and which would be also very fun with your kids. I'm going to show you how just called the frog and how to make it look realistic. You can pick the colors you like best and play with patterns, said the end. The class assignment is to make a tiny frog. So once you've done it, please share it with the class. I love to see what you come up with, so join into the fund and let's start 2. Materials: for this class. We're going to need some politically in the call issue like and some black. Some sculpting tools, metallic and bossing tools. Bull in the tools. Silicone tools, an Exacto knife and blades, some acrylic panes in the colors of your choosing brushes and also some varnish to finish. If you are new to sculpting Apollo McLay, I also invite you to check out polymer clay basics first, where I will explain everything you need to know before starting to sculpt. 3. Sculpting the Body: We're starting with the eyes for that roll out, a thin snake off black clay cuts out to equal pieces off clay and then roll outs and two tiny balls. I am putting them on a small mosaic tire. I've made a few more, so I'm going to beg them all in my candle. Over. I'm making them for 10 minutes for the front body were starting with the bull off clay. And then we are pinching two sides to form a lemon shape. No, you flatten the lemon onto the tile and you start shaping the body. I am using reference pictures for that. I would encourage you to have a reference picture of a frog next to you, so you can better see how to sculpt it. The nose is a bit point. Yes, I'm just going to point it a little bit more. Now. I'm shaping the abdomen a little bit more. They usually have a huge belly. The nose is usually a little bit flatter. Some going to push it up way are taking the prefect eyes and we're pushing them onto the head just slightly. You can these trees er's or your fingers. Whatever works best for you. And no, we're cutting a thin stripe off clay that we're going to put over the I using a metallic embossing tool. Yes, moving everything else. You might want to cut out the excess Klay. No, I place my finger just underneath its head so it doesn't push the head down. When I'm smoothing down the clay for smoother results, you then use a silicone shaper. Be sure to smooths down around the eye as well. - The eyes are usually very marked on a frog's. I'm just adding a slight mark way. I'm also making an in dense on top off the back, not for the I. You might want to add a little bit more clear on me and readjust the nose obits draw that month and also the nose trill 4. Sculpting the Legs: for the legs. We're going to roll out a snake of the same colored clay and when the snake is about that thick compared to the body, were going to cut a piece that has the length of the body. And we're going to do it twice. No, we're going to push down one ends, smooth it out a bit, and we're going to cuts in three. We're now going to sculpt the fingers. I am using a bull and a tool, and what I'm trying to do is to simply push the clay a little bit of round lengthen its and at the end of each finger, I want something that looks like a bowl so you can use whatever tools you have its hands. For that it's mostly pushing clay around and finding the right shape. - We're also going to clean up the sides because right now there's a little bit off clay that is onto the tile. We don't we do not want that. So we're just pushing the clay onto each finger can smooth and we'll continue on to the rest of the leg. Right now it's is a little bit too thick, so we're going to. We're going to push the plate. So we asked, were shaping the hand and you can use your finger chew, push the clay a little bit more back, - and now we're going to fold the leg. So the ankle first, and then we're going to remove delicately the feet off the tile. Well, im placed the leg on the back. Just readjusts is necessary, and we're going to cut out the excess leg and then smooth it onto the body. I know you want to repeat this onto the other side for the front. Legs were also starting with the snake, but we're going to make it much thinner us. The front legs are a lot thinner than the hint licks, their smaller choose. We're going to cut out a piece that is slightly smaller than the body or two, since we're going to make two links. But for the rest, it's pretty much the same. We are starting to sculpts the fingers, so cut the front in three. The length the legs itself are going to be thinner, but the fingers are going to be about the same size. - You can cut up the clay if you feel like your legs, too, or you are missed. You thick and or too long. Just be really careful because the fingers are quite fragile. And then it's always a lot off reassessing. You can gently roll the leg between you thumb and forefinger to make it thinner way . - That way, everybody itself still needs some texture. So what we're going to do is to poke some tiny holes all over it. I'm using a silicone tool, but you could use a small bowl ended tool as well. - No , you can bake. 5. Coloring and FInishing: I was inspired by the poison of start frog. And so this one has specs all over the body. So this is what we're going to you. I am using acrylic panes and breath, and I'm simply drawing on top. Now the specs are sometimes symmetrical. And this is what I'm going to do because I just think it looks a little bit nicer. - No , the tip of the fingers are often a little bit later, someone just going to add some white and my mix. And then I'm going to add the slightly darker hue on each speak. - And last, I'm going to add some darker shades in the ridges off frog just to give the sculpture more depth. - And lastly, I'm adding some highlights with the whites. Try to have a dry brush for that and really remove. Most of the pains don't have light. Everything just highlight with light wood hits no let dry. And no to finish the frog off varnish generously 6. Final Words: Thank you so much for taking this class. I really hope you enjoyed it. You can play around with variations with different colors for the frog and different patterns that you can paint on top of it and wants Your tiny frog is dumb. Please share it with the class. I really love to see what you come up with. If you want to follow me on social media, I always go by the Monica Piti plus and you can find me on Instagram and Facebook and also true tell literally I don't really use if you still want to sculpt something and you don't know what I still have plenty of sculpting classes here on scale share, but also on my YouTube channel and I invite you to check them all out. I hope to see you again in my next class. And until then by