How to Make a 3D Wolf Model

You can make a 3D model of a wolf out of polymer clay.
You can make a 3D model of a wolf out of polymer clay. (Image: wolf image by Melissa Schalke from

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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