Author: Tina Scott Parashar
Skill level: BEGINNERS
Tina recommends drying the parts before attaching them to each other. The body especially should dry a couple of hours before you place the head so that it can support the head. Also, if you pre-make the hole where the stick will go in, it helps with drying out the centre of the body faster.
You will need:
- Saracino model paste 300g (Light blue)
- White, black and dark blue model paste for eyes
- Flower former or soft foam for drying the head
- Ball tool
- Dresden tool
- Exacto knife
Take a ball of the light blue paste and form into the shape of the body.
Cut the top of the body to get a flat surface.
For the head, take a Styrofoam ball and insert a wooden stick (to go into the body as support). You could make the entire head with model paste but since it is much bigger than the body, you need to ensure enough drying time for the body to support the weight of the head.
Cover the ball with the blue paste.
Shape the cheeks using your finger to go from one side to the other.
Place the head on the body.
Take 2 tear drops for the hair.
Merge the seams using your Dresden tool. You could even use a touch of water.
Place on the head and merge the seams again.
Shape the paste to form the trunk.
Using your ball tool shape the tip of the trunk.
Using the Dresden tool, make a few deep ridges.
Fix the trunk on the head as shown in the picture. It helps if the trunk is dry. If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to dry it completely, you could even add a wire into the trunk that would go into the head as a support.
Merge the seams.
Using the Dresden tool, make a smile right under the trunk 😊
Make a small sausage shape and cut it into half.
Stick it on to the baby elephant to form the back legs, making sure that the flat side is at the bottom.
Again, make a sausage (bigger than the first time) and cut into half.
Form the front legs coming down from the shoulder.
Using just a tiny bit of paste form a thin long sausage and press down on one side to form the tail.
Using the Dresden tool mark the tip to form the hair.
Stick it onto the baby elephant.
Using the ball tool Make 2 holes for the eyes.
Fill it with white paste. Using a slightly smaller ball tool, do the same again.
Using the ball tool make a little dip just above the white of the eye to form lids.
Add blue and black paste to form the iris and pupil.
Shape the ears. Add another layer that is slightly smaller than the base in a lighter colour.
Attach the ears to the head.
Paint the eyelashes, eyebrows and toes. Baby elephant is ready!