How to Make an Angel Out of Modeling Clay


Modeling clay offers a bounty of creative opportunities. You can make any number of figurines out of modeling clay, and angels are no exception. Angel figurines make great gifts for any occasion, though they are particularly appropriate around the holidays.

Step 1

Place the modeling clay on a flat, dry surface. You need sufficient space to sculpt your clay angel.

Step 2

Roll the clay flat using a rolling pin or clay roller.

Step 3

Shape the clay into a triangle. For a small angel, the triangle should be about 3 inches long. For a large angel, the triangle should be about 12 inches from top to bottom. If you wish for a very large angel, simply use more clay.

Step 4

Cut the top of the triangle off using a blunt knife. For a small angel, you should remove the top inch of clay. For a large angel, remove the top 2 to 3 inches. Set this top portion aside, as it will be used to sculpt the angel's head.

Step 5

Connect the edges on the remaining triangle to form a cone. This will be the angel's body, with the narrow portion as the top and the wide portion as the bottom. Dip your fingers in water and smooth the edges' connection.

Step 6

Take the top portion of clay and roll it into a ball. This is the angel's head.

Step 7

Affix the ball to the top of the narrow section of the cone. Use a few drops of water to secure it in place.

Step 8

Create two crescent shapes out of clay. These will be your angel's wings. Use your hands and a few drops of water to mold the shapes.

Step 9

Attach the winds to the back of the angel's body. Use your fingernails to create small dents in the angel's back where you can put the wings. Use small amounts of water to secure the wings in place.

Step 10

Set the angel upright. If it doesn't stand up properly, ensure that its base is completely even. Smooth the clay with your fingers, and add more clay to uneven areas.

Step 11

Allow the clay angel to dry for 48 to 72 hours. The angel should be fully dry before you paint or decorate it.

Tips and Warnings

  • Only use small amounts of water as you sculpt. Too much water will prevent the clay from solidifying properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Modeling clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Water
  • Blunt knife
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