Sculpting a Mixed-Media Insect

Sculpting a Mixed-Media Insect

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What you will learn in this sculpting course:


Class 1:

  • In this class we will create the resin wings. First we will discuss the materials needed to make the wings. Then we will use a polymer clay technique to create a form to contain the resin in a wing shape. We will build up layers of resin and add clear glass/crystal jewels and glitters.

Class 2

  • In this class we will finish the wings and we’ll explore several wing variations. Next we will create the insect “innards” from epoxy clay and wire. This will be the body support and legs of the insect. We will also create the eyes and antenna from epoxy clay, wire and glitters. Finally we will create a jeweled ball of epoxy clay and crystal jewels that will later be a decoration at the end of the insect’s body.

Class 3

  • In this class we will look at a polymer clay variation to the epoxy clay innards technique. Then we will use polymer to create the thorax and abdomen of the bug. We will create the area where the resin wings will later be attached.

Class 4:

  • In this class we will cover the abdomen with gold leaf, but we will also look at other techniques to decorate the bug’s body with polymer. We will add the jeweled embellishment to the end of the abdomen.

Class 5:

  • In this class we will finish the head of the insect and attach it to the body and then we will bake the insect. Next we will use epoxy clay to attach the wings to the body, and add crystals to the area to enhance and finish the body.

Class 6:

  • In this class we will decorate the legs with beads and epoxy clay and glitters, ending with shoe-like feet.

Class 7:

  • In this class we will talk about the design planning for the log background, then we will create the log form with foil and create a wire armature for the branch. We will add the hook mechanism for the back if the piece is to be hung on a wall after it’s finished, and discuss other options. We will create the special wood/bark polymer clay blend and make veneer sheets from it. Then we will cover the log form with a base covering of clay and sculpt some log details to add to the shape. Next we will create some small knots from the polymer ‘wood’ blend. Finally we will cover the log form with the wood/bark veneers.

Class 8:

  • In this class we will blend the veneers together to create a realistic log. We will add additional details to the branch as well. We will create a knothole. Then we will make moss with an interesting texture trick, all from polymer clay. Next we will begin creating the shelf fungi, starting with creating a foil form, then adding polymer clay.

Class 9:

  • In this class we will attach the shelf fungi to the log. We will use powders to add the next level of believability to the log, moss and fungi. We will add bead and crystal embellishments to the log and moss. We will use epoxy clay to add bead and crystal embellishments to the branch.
    We will plan and then attach the insect to the log form.


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Sculpting a Mixed-Media Insect with Christi Friesen

About the course

Join me for this exciting sculpting course ! We'll be making a jeweled insect using polymer clay, epoxy clay and resin. So many techniques as well as suggestions on design & composition and using embellishments. But wait! there's more! We'll also create a wall piece with a branch on which the insect can perch which will encompass more techniques and tricks for sculpting, clay blending and creating armatures. Who knew bugs could be this fun?

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Mixed-Media Insect

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

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Main objective:
Learn how to make a jeweled insect using polymer clay, epoxy clay and resin.


Christi Friesen

About the instructor

Christi Friesen

Christi Friesen is an award-winning artist, who works in mixed media. Her work has been showcased in numerous books, magazines and exhibits. She is the author of over a dozen how-to books on creating with polymer clay. She teaches throughout the world, using humor and positive energy to encourage students to stretch their creativity, technical skills and artistic confidence.

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