Learn how to make these stone-looking Gargoyles; make one or many and give them personalities.
Preheat oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Condition all clay by kneading until it’s soft and smooth or running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Step 1 Head
Roll a small ball of foil for head. Cover with Granitex and shape as desired. Pointy head, flat head, round head…you decide. Every choice you make from now on will determine your Gargoyle ‘character’.
Step 2 head
Roll 2 small balls of clay and shape into ‘muzzle’. Add to front of head and shape as desired.
Step 3 Head
Shape teardrop for nose. Add 2 small teardrops to sides of nose.
Step 4 Head
Attach to front of head and smooth out all edges. Use Stylus to create nostrils.
Step 5 Head
Make 2 small teardrop shapes and add to side of nose for ‘cheeks. Make a small ‘snake’ and add below muzzle for ‘chin’.
Step 6 Head
Using Stylus open up ‘eye sockets’.
Step 7 Head
Roll 2 tiny balls of clay and place inside eye sockets.
Step 8 Head
Make 2 small snakes for bottom of eyeball. Make 2 half moon shapes for eyelids. Attach to give a ‘deep set’ appearance.
Step 9 Head
Using your finger, gently smooth edges of chin and cheeks. Wouldn’t want any facial features to fall off now….would you?
Step 10 Head
Roll 2 small balls of clay and form into ‘ears’. Attach to side of head. Your Gargoyle head is now complete.
Body: Roll a cigar shaped foil armature about 1 inch long, at least ½ inch wide and cover with Granitex. Insert half a toothpick dipped in Translucent Liquid Sculpey to top of body.
Make 2 balls of clay 1 " in diameter. Shape into elongated teardrop shape. Bend to create leg shape.
Roll balls of clay into cylinders. Shape into feet and flatten one end slightly. Using Stylus, cut 5 toes on each foot. Carefully separate each toe and shape. Add toenails, and knuckles with the Needle Tool.
Step 1 Adding Feet and Legs
Attach feet to narrow end of legs blending out edges.
Step 2 Adding Feet and Legs
Attach legs to body paying careful attention to blend in rough edges.
Step 1 Rear End
Roll two ½" balls of clay to create ‘rear end’.
Step 2 Read End
Attach ‘rear end’ to body.
Adding Head to Body
Apply small amount of Translucent Liquid Sculpey to half toothpick and insert into top of body. Add Translucent Liquid Sculpey to other end of toothpick and push on head, posing it as desired. He looks rather weird without arms at this point. Using the Needle Tool add scratches to entire Gargoyle. This is an important step if you want an ‘antique’ look later.
Roll clay into 2 balls approx. ¾" in diameter. Roll out into tapered teardrop as shown.
Make 2 ½" balls of clay. Shape into teardrops and flatten slightly. Using straight end of Stylus cut in 5 fingers at narrow end of each hand. Separate them and re-shape, adding finger nails and knuckles. Manipulate clay to form hands.
Step 1 Adding Arms and Hands
Attach hands to arms.
Step 2 Adding Arms and Hands
Carefully attach arms to side of body in ‘pose’ of your choosing. At this point you may want to place something in a hand, such as a crystal, rose, or glass bead.
Step 3 Adding Arms and Hands
Smooth out all seams. Add cracks.
Step 1 Wings
Roll two 1 inch balls of clay. Shape into ‘wing shape’ as shown. Score across with Needle Tool to add texture. Roll out narrow snakes of clay and apply along outside and inside of wings.
Step 2 Wings
Attach wings to back of Gargoyle.
Bake for 30 minutes in 275 °F oven. Let cool.
Creating the Stone Look
Apply the Chocolate Brown Antiquing Medium to small sections of Gargoyle with soft brush, making sure that all of the tiny cracks are filled with paint. Using your cloth, gently wipe off excess paint. Continue until you have ‘antiqued’ your entire Gargoyle. The tiny cracks should be very visible now, giving the appearance of ‘antique stone’.