How to Sculpt Realistic Turtles in Polymer Clay

with Melissa Terlizzi

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What you will learn:


Class 1:

  • Intro and bio

  • Overview of what class will cover

  • Turtle basics

  • Create a turtle shell (carapace)

  • Make tool for texturing the scales

Class 2:

  • Design polymer “canes” for turtle’s shell

  • Create claws

Class 3:

  • Refine shell and add scales

  • Create armored scales for legs


Class 4:

  • Build turtle’s head & neck

Class 5:

  • Create front legs with claws

  • Adding details

Class 6:

  • Design bottom shell (plastron)

  • Create back legs & tail

  • Baking


Class 7:

  • Finish up turtle

  • Paint

Class 8:

  • Continue painting

  • Create bug pins with leftover canes

Class 9:

  • Finishing touches


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

Bonus Class:

Bonus Class:

About the course

In this course I will teach students my 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!

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.



About the instructor

Melissa Terlizzi


What students say:

Iner Giers

I enjoyed the turtle tutorial so much, I had to buy the full set available (incl. DVD). It was big fun watching and you could even win one of her pieces!! I strongly recommend this channel, the team of admins is very helpful and fast in case of problems and their sense of humor is hilarious.. this won't surely be not my only course!!

Sherrie Hendricks

Just watched Melissa's 3 days of live streaming on her turtles!! Amazing teacher!! So many great items on Curious Mondo and they make fun!! Amazing customer service too!

Laurie Grassel

Excellent course format! I am not a big purchaser of on-line courses but I just had to purchase Melissa Terlizzi's Turtle class! What a fun time!

Cara Jane

Fabulous class with Melissa Terlizzi Polymer Art - my daughter and I are part way through making some very cool turtles!


Turtles in Polymer clay Sneak Peak