How to Make a 3D Wolf Model


When learning about mammals, it can be exciting to create a project relating to the animals you're studying. For example, you can create a 3D model of a wolf when learning about boreal forest mammals. If sculpted using certain guidelines, you can use your wolf in a report presentation or place it inside a diorama on boreal forests.

Things You'll Need

  • Craft wire
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Polymer clay
  • Clay knife
  • Toothpick
  • Jelly roll tray
  • Oven
  • Use needle-nosed pliers to bend a 5-inch-long wire into an oval. This will be the body of the wolf.

  • Twist a 3-inch piece of wire into a circle onto one end of the oval for the wolf's head.

  • Attach a 3-inch piece of wire sticking straight out on the other end of the oval for the wolf's tail.

  • Attach two 3-inch pieces of wire onto each of the wide sides of the oval for the wolf's legs.

  • Stuff a ball of aluminum foil into the body and head of the structure.

  • Cover the structure with gray polymer clay.

  • Use a clay knife to sculpt the paws, muzzle, ears and tail of the wolf out of the polymer clay.

  • Use a toothpick to add detail onto the wolf sculpture, such as fur, eyes, nose holes, claws and teeth.

  • Place the wolf sculpture onto an aluminum jelly roll tray.

  • Bake the sculpture in a 150 degree oven for 15 minutes. Allow the model to cool completely before displaying it.

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