How to Make a Beluga Whale Out of Clay

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The face of a Beluga whale looks like a hard-hat worker with a smile on his face. Sculpting a Beluga whale out of polymer or modeling clay requires attention to a few distinctive features of the Beluga. The Beluga is white with a melon-shaped protrusion on top its head that makes it look like it is wearing a hard hat above its beak. Small, slightly curled-up side fins are located in the arm area, and the fluke, or tail, is deeply notched. Make a Beluga whale out of white clay, and use black paint for eyes.

Things You'll Need

  • White clay
  • Shaping tool
  • Roller
  • Cutting tool
  • Needle-end pointer
  • Black paint
  • Paint brush
  • Study photographs or videos of Beluga whales to get an idea of the Beluga's distinctive characteristics. Observe that the Beluga does not have a top fin like many other whale species, but it does have small side fins, a graceful fluke and a protrusion on top its head that it can blow up to look like a hard hat.

  • Condition your clay by squeezing the clay with your fingers and rolling it between your hands. The heat from your hands and friction produced by kneading the clay prepares it for sculpting.

  • Shape a blob of clay into a fat sausage. Make one end of the sausage thinner than the other. The thinner portion is the back of the whale and the fluke area.

  • Roll a small ball of clay to fit on one end of the sausage for the Beluga's melon. Flatten one side of the ball and place it on the thicker end of the sausage. The Beluga has a short beak that is located in front of the melon, so locate the ball back slightly from the very end of the sausage.

  • Smooth the clay, making short, gentle strokes with your finger or a shaping tool to blend the ball into the sausage.

  • Make a ball of clay and roll it out with a roller, such as an acrylic clay roller. Cut out two flippers the same size. Flippers are somewhat triangular in shape. The length of a Beluga's flippers is less than the width of its body. Attach the flippers to the sausage at the bottom of the sausage roll and behind the head of the Beluga, at the location that seems like the arm area.

  • Blend the join of the flippers and the sausage with the flat end of a clay shaping tool. Curl the flippers using the ball end of a shaping tool so the flippers curl up slightly on the outside edges.

  • Cut a fluke out of the rolled-out clay. The fluke is the Beluga's tail. The tail looks like bird's wings spread out as in flight. Beluga whales have graceful-looking flukes that are deeply notched in the middle.

  • Prepare the whale to receive the fluke. The thinner part of the sausage is the shank where the fluke is attached. Thin the shank more, if necessary, and attach the fluke, smoothing the join with the shaping tool. Turn the fluke up as if to slap the water, if desired.

  • Shape the clay in front of the melon to form a beak. The beak is blunt and softly rounded. Use a needle-end pointer or toothpick to draw a mouth. The Beluga's mouth is located very near the bottom of the beak. Draw a line that extends from just below the melon on one side, all the way around the sides and front of the beak to just below the melon on the other side.

  • Paint black dots on either side of the Beluga's head for eyes. The eyes are located below the back edge of the melon and in line with the mouth. Leave a space between the mouth and the eyes.

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