Sculpting a Polymer Clay Frog in a Pond

Sculpting a Polymer Clay Frog in a Pond

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What you will learn in this sculpting course


Class 1:

  • Intro and bio
  • Overview of what class will cover
  • Materials & Tools
  • Create Foil Armature
  • Mix clay and wrap frog
  • Create gold eyes

Class 2:

  • Finish eye details
  • Add details to frog’s back
  • Add frog throat and belly

Class 3:

  • Create frog arms, legs, hands and feet

Class 4:

  • Decorate frog with spots
  • Smooth clay
  • Bake

Class 5:

  • Crack repair
  • Paint frog

Class 6:

  • Paint frog, continued

Class 7:

  • Create frog pond & bake
  • Make/Bake leaf & duckweed decorations

Class 8:

  • Paint leaves
  • Decorate frog pond with grasses, lily pads, etc.

Class 9:

  • Mix and pour resin
  • Coat Frog with resin
  • Final thoughts/summary


  • BONUS CLASS: Striped grass blade cane and water iris flower cane
  • BONUS CLASS: How to photograph your frog creation outdoors in nature
  • BONUS ITEM: Materials list
  • BONUS ITEM: Chat transcript
Sculpting a Polymer Clay Frog in a Pond with Melissa Terlizzi
Sculpting a Polymer Clay Frog in a Pond Course with Melissa Terlizzi
Sculpting a Polymer Clay Frog in a Pond Course with Melissa Terlizzi

About This sculpting course

Ever wondered how polymer artist Melissa Terlizzi sculpts her whimsical frogs and toads? Here is your opportunity to find out, as she shares with Mondo Makers all the techniques and tricks to making a big green bullfrog! In this 3 Day sculpting course, Melissa will not only demonstrate how to make the frog, but will also create a raised pond for it to sit in, elevating a simple “sculpt” into a story-telling piece of art. With swamp-tastic bonus classes also planned, this course is a must for anyone who loves creating animals out of polymer clay, and enjoys getting carried away with color and detail. Great course on polymer clay 

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Sculpting a Polymer Clay Frog

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

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

Main objective:
Learn how to sculpt a frog in polymer clay.



About the instructor

Melissa Terlizzi

Melissa Terlizzi is an “accidental” polymer clay artist. She stumbled onto the material in 2011 while looking for a way to create her own buttons and brooches for her handknit scarves. Something clicked inside her—all other hobbies fell away and she began to focus full time on creating polymer art. Today Melissa is well known in the polymer art community for her whimsical nature-inspired wall pieces and small sculptures. Her subjects are often the creatures she calls “overlooked”—reptiles, amphibians, bugs and birds that are familiar to most of us, but not necessarily beloved. With polymer clay she can satisfy her curiosity about science, and share what she’s learned with the people who enjoy her art.

Melissa works with the colored clay, blending and combining different colors into complex, patterned “canes,” which are then sliced and textured to become everything from a beetle’s wing or turtle shell, to a shaggy piece of tree bark. Finished creations are enhanced with oil paints. Her work is detailed and lifelike, but almost always whimsical. Melissa doesn’t take herself too seriously and believes her art shouldn’t either!

Melissa loves sharing her passion for polymer through teaching. She teaches workshops and at a summer camp near her home in Virginia, and has published online tutorials on the “Polymer Clay Universe.” Her work is featured in galleries in Virginia and Europe, and has received numerous awards. Her art has also been profiled in several publications: the “Fredericksburg Literary & Art Review” (2017), “Polymer Week Magazine” (2018), “Polymer Journeys 2019: The Art & Craft of Polymer” (2019), and the popular online blog, “Polymer Clay Daily.”

Melissa lives in Virginia with her husband, 4 kids, 2 cats and 2 turtles. Her polymer clay critters move out as soon as their paint dries—and live in collections around the world!

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