How to Sculpt Realistic Turtles in Polymer Clay


In this online sculpting course Melissa Terlizzi will teach students her method for creating a turtle out of polymer clay. We will begin by shaping a turtle shell. We’ll “armor” the shell with clay scales sliced from colorful millefiori canes inspired by the patterns of real turtles. I will show students how to sculpt the turtle’s head, legs, and plastron (bottom shell), as well as how to put everything together—which is the trickiest part! Along the way we’ll discuss tools for adding texture, tips for making turtle eyes, how to make land tortoises, and painting options. By Day 3, we’ll have created a realistic turtle that is full of personality!

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What You Will Learn

Class 01:

  • Intro and bio
  • Overview of what class will cover
  • Turtle basics
  • Create a turtle shell (carapace)
  • Make tool for texturing the scales

Class 02:

  • Design polymer “canes” for turtle’s shell
  • Create claws

Class 03:

  • Refine shell and add scales
  • Create armored scales for legs

Class 04:

  • Build turtle’s head & neck

Class 05:

  • Create front legs with claws
  • Adding details

Class 06:

  • Design bottom shell (plastron)
  • Create back legs & tail
  • Baking

Class 07:

  • Finish up turtle
  • Paint

Class 08:

  • Continue painting
  • Create bug pins with leftover canes

Class 09:

  • Finishing touches


  • BONUS CLASS: Woodland wall hanging
  • BONUS ITEM: Supplies list
  • BONUS ITEM: Handy-dandy handouts
  • BONUS ITEM: Chat transcript

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Turtles in Polymer Clay

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Sculptors, anyone who loves polymer clay, sculpting, or want to start a new hobby or career

Main objective:
Learn how to create stunning, realistic-looking, character-full turtles out of polymer clay.



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