How to Make Air Dry Clay Snails
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How to Make Air Dry Clay Snails

Difficulty Beginner
Budget < £10
Time 1 hr +

Learn how to make these adorable snails using clay, and acrylic paint! There’s no end to ways that they can be decorated, and the shape is so simple to make. Follow the below tutorial to see how it’s done..

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How to make

Step 1

Roll out a thick tube of clay, making one end smaller than the other

Step 2 

Twist up the thicker end of the tube, and pinch two ears (eyes!) into the top of the snail’s head

Step 3 

Blunt the ends of these ears using a clay tool

Step 4 

Manipulate the clay so that the snail is sitting in a natural pose with the head pointing upwards and the tail curving around slightly

Step 5 

Create another tube of clay, making one end smaller than the other. 

Top tip! Using a small amount of water on your fingers helps to smooth out the clay, and prevents the clay from drying whilst you are still molding it.

Step 6 

Roll in the tube to the left from the small edge, lifting the smaller centre up slightly to create a three dimensional snail shell

Step 7 

Leave to dry

Step 8 

Use fine sandpaper to smooth out any bumps or fingerprints in the clay. This isn’t compulsory, but will produce a more even overall finish!

Step 9

Once dry, paint the clay white using acrylic paint

Step 10

Once the white acrylic paint is dry, paint two coats of acrylic in a colour of your choice over the whole snail

Step 11

Once this colour is completely dry, paint over the shell in another colour – here we have opted for a darker blue

Step 12

Paint on some decorative flourishes in a colour that will stand out – here we have used white acrylic paint on the darker snails, and a mustard yellow on the lightest snail

Step 13

Draw in two dots for eyes – here you can play around with expression! 

Step 14

Leave to dry, and varnish with Mod Podge for a super glossy finish 

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