Creating Animals in Wire & Clay Book

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An ideal gift for the creative animal-lover

In this jam-packed, 9-page, full-colour instruction booklet, Susie will show you how to create unique animal sculptures using exposed wire and air dry clay that will surprise and delight.

Learn how to build a complex wire armature to support your clay creations, and  techniques to make your sculpture a success using air dry or epoxy clay.

   Free shipping in Canada and the USA   

eBookThis is an instant-download e-book in both PDF and .epub formats. It will be delivered electronically.

Armature Templates: Are included in the book, but if you'd like full-page templates, download these pdf print-outs for free.

* this book is recommended for ages 12+. Manipulating wire can be dangerous and requires manual dexterity.
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14 Jan 2023

Very informative for beginners

Liked the attention to detail in the steps, good for total newbies to sculpting with clay. Lots of tips for getting started. Would recommend.

Janet S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
01 Dec 2022

Most helpful guide for air-dry clay sculpting!

Being new to air-dry clay sculpting this concise book gave me all the guidance and tool recommendations that I needed and hoped for. Susie explains the process in a way that makes this medium feel accessible and exciting, and after looking for guidance on this subject I feel I tryout stumbled onto a gem! I am actually starting with sculpting a cat rather than a horse, but the info provided has me feeling confident that I can tackle any project that I choose going forward. Feeling grateful and super excited for what I might sculpt next. Highly recommend!! Thank you Susie for sharing your knowledge and expertise - a new world of joy is now at my fingertips!

Leah C.
United States United States
20 Nov 2022

Great info

I'm getting into sculpting with Apoxie Sculpt. Never liked polymer clay because of the baking part. I always seem to get it too hot and the color changes/burns. I'm new to making armatures so your book was super helpful on that. Especially the advice on materials to use. Your horses are very beautiful and I really like the negative space sculptures.

Dona M.
United States United States
08 Aug 2022

Concise and clear instruction book

This book is concise and clear in its instructions. The templates are immensely helpful when first starting to construct the framework. What I especially liked about the book was that there wasn’t a lot of unnecessary ‘fluff’ of verbiage. The text just focused on giving the reader a step-by-step guide to creating animal sculptures. With the recommended materials at hand, it was easy to have my first dog up and standing, with its first epoxy layer in place over a sturdy frame. Love this book.

Julie B.
France France
14 Mar 2022

Clearly explained

All is clearly explained, but it takes some practise and patience before you can create a beatiful horse ;-)

Christel v.
Belgium Belgium
10 Mar 2022

Clay & Wire Sculpture

I purchased this book to help me make a wire armature for my first attempt of a clay sculpture. It's well illustrated and the step by step instructions helped me to understand the importance of a armature...

United Kingdom United Kingdom
17 Jan 2022

Perfect for Homeschooling

The book was perfect as a lesson plan for my homeschooled grandchildren. I teach art to four of them, ages 5 through 16. This is our first venture into sculpture. We have been sculpting a dog for the last few weeks. The photo illustrations are great for showing them step by step what to do next. We all wish we could sculpt like Susie!

Michael Z.
United States United States
02 Dec 2021

I got both books & Love them.

I purchased both books and am very impressed with the amount of information. Susie provides tips, troubleshooting, and a lot of information with pictures. I think one of the things I really liked the most in these books were the proportional measuring guides so you can take your sculpture poses beyond the template guides. I am familiar with wire twisting, so the pictures made sense to me. However, for someone struggling to twist the wires, consider wrapping the middle of your wire length around something solid and stable, like a metal table leg or a screw shank sticking out of a piece of wood (get creative here). Then twist the wires around each other tightly (roughly 6-8 wraps per inch is safety-wire standard) and trim to length. If you use an anchor like this, it's much easier to get evenly spaced twists throughout the length of your wire. Hope it helps someone.

Elyse G.
15 Nov 2021

Exposed Sculpture: Creating Animals in Wire and Clay and Sculpting Horses in Air Dry Clay

Susie, thank you for sharing your art and knowledge. You have made armature building very clear to understand. I have recently began animal sculpting again, having basically only craved out of a block of clay. My time consuming search for how to build an armature resulted in many vague or too complicated, maybe a step in the process missing or amateurish looking stick figures. Your book has given me the insight to return to sculpting in a new way with armatures and air dry clay and a strong foundation in how to achieve this . Thanks ! Sandra

United States United States
20 Sep 2021

Great Introduction

I found this book a really great introduction to creating clay animals. The book isn't very long but covers everything you need to know to create a piece from start to finish. I definitely recommend

Karen B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
03 May 2021

Terrific introduction

I am new to sculpting and found this ebook to be a great introduction, especially the instructions about creating an armature. It was the best guide I found online.

Ondine C.
United States United States
14 Mar 2021

A great gift

Purchased as a birthday gift for my partner, the diagrams are extremely helpful and the book overall is full of great tips for sculpting. Would definitely recommend!

Ryan M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom