Polymer Clay Crystal Octopus

A family friend of mine recently gifted me a huge batch of crystals. (Thank you 🙂 )

I’ve been toying around with the idea of combining clay with minerals, glass and stones for a while now. But 11th grade has successfully killed all of those plans. Regardless, a couple weeks ago school was a little relaxed, so I made this little guy.


Materials Required:

  • Polymer clay in black and white
  • Gold leaf (I used imitation gold leaf)
  • Tissue blade
  • Sculpting tools
  • Crystals

Step 1: Roll out some black clay and cover it with a gold leaf sheet.

Step 2: Thin out the log so that the gold leaf separates out into flakes. Do not mix the gold leaf into the clay. Just let it remain on the surface.

Step 3: Start by making a circular base.

Step 4: Roll out many thin logs of clay with tapered ends

Step 5: Attach them to the circular base

Step 6: Roll out a separate ball of clay to be used for the head of the octopus

Step 7: Roll out the ball slightly to form a stump with a flat base

Step 8: Pinch the flat side and flare it out

Step 9: shape the round part of the head to it hangs off the mid line

Step 10: Place the head on the base and blend the base with the head

Step 11: Add two white circles for the eyes.

Step 12: Add black dots as the pupils and press them in with a dotting tool.

Step 13: Choose the crystals you want to use.

Step 14: Coil the tentacles around the crystals. Use foil and baking paper to position the tentacles a certain way.

Step 15: I felt that the eyes looked too creepy, so I added eye lids.

Step 16: Bake the octopus

Your octopus is done!

You can use the basics discussed here to make octopi in other settings too. For instance, I made this guy quite a while back. The treasure chest is full of old jewellery and some golden beads.

The past few times I’ve baked, my clay has cracked. I’m doing nothing different, but I can’t figure out what’s going wrong. If anybody has any suggestions to stop the clay from cracking, drop them below.

See you in the next post!

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