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Paper Clay Sculpting and Puppets

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What you will learn:


Class 1:

  • Characteristics of Clay
  • Preparations & Design
  • Creating the understructure
  • Primary Shape sculpting

Class 2:

  • Sculpting secondary shapes
  • Incorporating a mold
  • Making custom glass eyes
  • Adding eyes
  • Mixing clay
  • Creating base texture

Class 3:

  • Making horns
  • Mixing more clay
  • Attaching horns
  • Creating webbing
  • Creating eyelids

Class 4:

  • Attaching webbing
  • Blending with paper paste
  • Attaching eyelids
  • Texture sculpting
  • Adding tendrils

Class 5: 

  • Sculpting lower jaw
  • Attaching articulated jaw
  • Finalizing details
  • Detailing lower jaw

Class 6:

  • Prepping for paint
  • Paint
  • Blending
  • Details

Class 7:

  • Finalizing paint
  • Highlights
  • Party Paste
  • Shadows
  • Wax

Class 8:

  • Tinting Webbing
  • Designing hair
  • Skull shape modifying
  • Adding fur
  • Fabricating tummy scales

Class 9:

  • Attaching Tummy
  • Making arm rod
  • Attaching Paper clay sculpt to puppet
  • Sealants
  • Hairstyling
  • Iridescent scales
  • Final details
  • Bonus CLASS: Creating the Magic Dragon Lair puppet stand
Paper Clay Sculpting and Puppets
Paper Clay Sculpting and Puppets
Paper Clay Sculpting and Puppets

About the course

Come explore the amazing possibilities when you combine paper clay sculpting and puppets! We will explore several types of clays and their pros & cons, all while sculpting a lightweight custom character. Paper clay is affordable and accessible, easy to use, non-toxic and paintable. Take your puppetry in a whole new direction by mixing mediums.

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Paper Clay Puppets

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Sculptors, crafters, Cosplayers, fiber artists, anyone who loves puppetry, sculpting, or want to start a new hobby or career

Main objective:
Learn how to create puppets using paper clay


Melissa Nasby Curious Mondo Instructor

About the instructor

Melissa Nasby

Canadian fibre artist, Melissa Nasby specializes in needle felted masks, textiles, puppets, wearable art and sculptures. Melissa’s passion is driven by the texture and versatility of wool and natural fibres. She is heavily influenced by fantasy and nature, creating one of a kind pieces that have a unique sense of organic whimsy.Notable achievements:2014 Honourable Mention from The Jim Henson Company2015 Recipient of The Marie Manson Memorial Art Award2015 People’s Choice Award Winner -Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts2015 Featured Artist & 2nd Place People’s Choice Award -Lake Country Artwalk EXHIBITIONS:2015-Salmon Arm Art Gallery- Life size grizzly bear sculpture2018-Lake Country Artwalk- Life size silverback gorilla2019-Salmon Arm Art Gallery- Life size blue heron sculpture

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