Polymer Clay Lizard Tutorial
This is a great polymer clay tutorial for a weekend craft project with a friend. Consider making this awesome lizard in pink, yellow, or even orange!
For complete instructions on making a tribal face for this week’s Friesen Project, please see Christi’s Book on page 81.
Gather Your Materials
- Christi Friesen’s Polymer Clay & Mixed Media: Together at Last – Page 81
- Your choice of polymer clay
- Mica Powders (Several Options – My preference is Perfect Pearl Set as they are permanent & do not require a finish due to the resin)
- Sculpting tools
- Exacto Knife or Clay Blade
- Micro Beads
- Many commented that last month’s project was a more difficult project because of facial features.
- This week’s project is one of the easier projects of this month.
- It uses tutorials that have been previously posted, whose links will appear here.
- Feel free to use different colored clays (pink, yellow, orange, purple) for a cute & whimsical sculpture.
- Making a lizard is very similar to making a dragon. In fact, the basic shape is the same as the dragon without the curly tail.
- Make a blend of clay using scraps (top & middle left).
- NOTE: While you are making this blend, your clay will naturally begin to condition itself.
- To make the lizard’s body follow the instructions here.
- NOTE: You basically want a head, body, and tail. To do this, you will start with a ball, roll it to a pear, and stretch and shape it from there.
- Your lizard should have 2 or 3 sections: Head & Tail or Head, Body, & Tail.
- Make your arms & legs for this tutorial using these instructions here.
- Attach the arms & legs to your body. Blend each seam to make sure the appendages are connected.
- Now add your decorations!
- Add dots of clay, swarovski crystals (like mine), and even some awesome micro beads to give your lizard some character.
Finish Your Creation
- BAKING INSTRUCTIONS: FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON YOUR PACKAGE.
- NOTE: This being said, I bake ALL my pieces (mostly Premo! clay) at 265-275 for an hour each. Sometimes they bake for an hour, twice!
- NOTE: Get baking tips here.
- Use this tutorial to add a patina to your mask to bring out all those interesting parts you couldn’t see earlier!
- NOTE: If you have used micro beads, do NOT varnish your piece as you do not want the varnish to sit on the glass beads.
The Friesen Project
The Friesen Project is done in conjunction with Christi Friesen. All tutorials are retaught here with her expressed permission. Please make sure to read about the project here, and get answers to the most common FAQS here.