How to Make Clay Gorillas

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Copy a realistic gorilla figurine for your clay figure.
Copy a realistic gorilla figurine for your clay figure. (Image: Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Clay animal figures can be made at home with your own homemade modeling clay or store-bought modeling clay. In order to create a clay figurine of an animal, such as a gorilla, there are several steps that need to be taken in order to create and mold your clay accordingly. In addition, the use of clay modeling tools and paint will help your clay model resemble a real gorilla.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • Saucepan
  • Wax paper
  • Spoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Modeling clay tools (small cutter and scraper)
  • Acrylic paints

Look for a picture of a gorilla that you can use to copy and create a clay gorilla figurine. Preferably, look for a picture of a gorilla sculpture. The gorilla sculpture will have textured features that will make it easier to observe and mimic to mold and sculpt gorilla features of your own.

Look at the textured lines in the sculpture, giving the animal a realistic design.
Look at the textured lines in the sculpture, giving the animal a realistic design. (Image: Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Combine 2 cups of baking soda, 1 cup of cornstarch and 1 cup of water together in the saucepan. Heat on medium for three minutes. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens.

Immediately remove the saucepan from the heat. Pour the mixture on a piece of wax paper with a spoon. Allow the mixture to cool for a minimum of 10 minutes and form into clay. With your hands, roll the cooled clay into a ball. Flatten the clay with a rolling pin until it is smooth.

Look at your animal picture and begin molding the figure to look like a gorilla. Begin with the largest portion of the gorilla, the abdominal area. Form the head, arms and legs from the abdomen with the basic applicator modeling tool.

Create the detailed features of the gorilla with a small cutter and scraper tool. Create the face, fingers and toes. Create grooves in the gorilla hair with the scraper tool. Form any indentations or grooves in the face or other body parts with the tool as well.

The scraper tool can create detailed visuals in the gorilla body.
The scraper tool can create detailed visuals in the gorilla body. (Image: Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Paint the gorilla figurine with black and gray acrylic paint. Allow the clay sculpture to dry overnight before use.

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