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Rolling snakes

Posted by goregt On March - 21 - 2007

Rolling snakes in the clay

In a few of the other tutorials on this site I have referenced rolling snakes or cylinders of clay. These thin round pieces of clay are useful for sculpting a variety of things like veins, hair, small horns and different features of the face. I’ve included a picture tutorial below to better explain what I am talking about.

  1. Step One – Grab a clump or lump (or however you want to call it :-) ) of clay.
  2. Step Two – roll the clay until if forms a snake or cylinder type of shape. In the picture I am rolling the clay against my table but most of the time I usually just roll it between my two hands. My other hand was busy at the moment taking pictures so the table was used as a substitute. Doesn’t matter which way you do it as long as you get the results you are looking for.

lump of clay roll a snake out of clay

The final picture shows different “snakes” or cylinders of clay that I made. You are going to very the size of the snake depending on what you plan to use it for. For instance veins will require very thin snakes while horns may require a thicker snake for sculpting.

example of snakes in clay

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