To make a clay model of an animal, you'll need:
Clay: You can use air-drying clay or oven-baked clay. Choose the type that suits your needs and the level of detail you want to achieve.
Tools: Basic clay modeling tools include a blade, rolling pin, sculpting tool, and wire for strengthening the structure. You can also use household items like toothpicks and pens for smaller details.
Reference material: Use photos, videos, or real-life specimens as reference to help you create a accurate representation of the animal.
Start with a basic shape: Create a ball of clay for the head and body and smaller balls for the limbs.
Build the structure: Use your tools and reference material to shape the clay into the animal's form, adding details like eyes, nose, and fur.
Strengthen the model: Insert wire into the limbs and body to give the model strength.
Finalize the details: Use your tools and imagination to add the final details to the model.
Bake or let it dry: If you're using oven-baked clay, follow the instructions on the package and bake the model in the oven. If you're using air-drying clay, let it dry completely, which may take several days.
Remember to take your time and be patient. Clay modeling is a process that requires patience and attention to detail.