How to Make a Model of an Island With 3-D Clay

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One easy project can be making an island model with your 3-D clay.
One easy project can be making an island model with your 3-D clay. (Image: island image by Rachel from Fotolia.com)

For making models, 3-D clay can be a helpful tool, whether it be for an art project, science fair, or just for fun. One easy project can be making an island model with your 3-D clay. If you need to make an island model for something, or just want to get creative and do a fun project at home, learn the simple steps to doing so.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown 3-D clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Small pebbles or rocks
  • Green spray paint
  • Cotton balls
  • Craft glue
  • Blue plastic wrap
  • Disposable cooking sheet

Decide what size model you need to make, in order to decide how much clay to use. For larger models, use about a cup to two cups of clay, and for smaller ones you’ll want to stick to under a cup.

Roll clay into a ball with your hands until it is smooth and perfectly round. Then, using a rolling pin or patting the clay with your hands, stretch it into a thick circular shape. This will be the base of your island.

Pinch the sides or cut off pieces of clay from your base, to give a more jagged rocky island look. Also pinch the clay all over the top and add more clay, along with your pebbles, randomly to simulate rocks and hills on your island.

Take a handful of cotton balls and spray them with a light layer of green spray paint. Allow about half and hour drying time before use, then using crafts glue you can glue bits of your cotton balls onto the model wherever you would like to add the look of bushes and trees.

Take your blue plastic wrap and wrap it loosely around a disposable cooking sheet. You want to wrap it loosely so that it has a wavy look of moving water.

Place your island in the center of the cooking sheet and you now have a great clay model island surrounded by water.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can make your own modeling clay at home with a simple recipe of mixing together 1 1/2 cups of salt, 2 1/2 cups of flour, 1/4 a cup of cream of tartar, 2 1/2 cups of water and heating it over the stove for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool then use for your project. You can add food coloring to make various colors.

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