Make an easy, polymer clay Inukshuk.
Hunting for the perfect rocks, can be a bit of a challenge, so why not make them yourself? Stack together and make a replica of an Inuit Sculpture, a famous Canadian Symbol.
Age: 6 and up
Time scale: 2
Mix a tiny bit of black clay with gray granite.
Divide clay into pieces and begin sizing the balls.
One for the head, 21/32nds.
Another for the arms about the same size.
A 3/4 inch ball for the body.
Four balls that are 15/32nds, for the legs.
Two, 21/32nds for the feet.
Are you thinking.... UGH, What is with all these measurements? If you just can't stand it and the measurements are not something you want to deal with (I can relate), just simplify and ignore most of them. They are just a general guideline anyways. No need to get crazy over it.
Having a circle template will be helpful, but not crucial. Guessing is completely acceptable and much easier! If you want, you can make your sculpture smaller or use more clay and make it bigger.
Start with the easy measurement of 3/4's of an inch. This will be for the body.
Flatten slightly on both sides, the bottom and top.
Since these should all resemble rocks, don't make the shapes too uniform. The body should be about 1/4 inch thick and 1 inch across the bottom and about 1/2 an inch across the top.
Now make 2 balls a bit smaller. Use one for the head and the other for the arms.
Make the head...not too round, but more of a triangle shape. This guy doesn't have rocks in his head, he has a rock for a head. Well, a polymer clay shape, that looks like a rock.
Roll the other ball that was the same size as the head ball, into a cylinder shape. Squish down to about a 1/4 inch thick by 13/4 inches long.
Use the 4 smallest balls for the legs. adjust the sizing a bit, making each one different.
Roll the feet into oblong shapes about 1 inch long.
If any of the pieces are looking too small, just sneak a piece from one of the other balls. If something looks too big, take some away. Remember, the pieces shouldn't be all exactly the same size. Imagine you have gone rock collecting and you want to stack these together. It needs to look organic and natural.
Once you have all your pieces shaped into cute little rocks, it's time to start stacking.
Push the head shape onto the centre of the oblong arm piece.
Put the body under this.
Now stack the 4 smallest balls, 2 on each side, to make legs.
Add the footballs. I mean feet balls. Technically, they should NOT still be shaped like balls.
Test the polymer clay inukshuk, to see if he can stand. Adjust if necessary, until he holds his ground.
A good, sturdy, Canadian Inukshuk, always stands his ground.
There is a giant one in Whistler, B.C.
Sure wouldn't want that thing toppling over! Yikes!
OH... I just noticed, this poor guy, doesn't actually have FEET!
Add texture, lines and more shape to the rocks, using a sculpting tool and small bristle brush or toothbrush.
When you are happy with how it looks, it's time to pop it in the toaster oven.
Bake according to the instructions on the clay package. Add a bit of additional baking time, for good measure but don't over bake to the point of filling the place with noxious fumes, or burning your polymer clay inukshuk!
While baking, if he begins to droop and look sad, he may just need a nap. He can lay flat on his back on a bed of paper towel, to prop him and to keep his parts from drooping.
After baking remove from toaster oven.
Cover with black craft paint. Leave on for 30 seconds then wipe with a damp paper towel. The paint will stay in the creases and crevices and make this appear even more rock like.
This polymer clay inukshuk is standing on a real rock and he fits right in. Doesn't he look like he is made of rocks, too?
Read about the Inukshuk and the special message it conveys.
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