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Giacometti-Inspired Sculpture - Project #187

Time: 2-3 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Project Kit (see Products Used below steps)
Wire Cutters
Paint Brushes
Acrylic Paints

Materials needed if not using Project Kit:
Air-Dry Clay
16-Gauge and 20-Gauge Wire
Wooden Plaques
Wire Cutters
Paint Brushes
Acrylic Paints
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Create a shadow sculpture with wire and air dry clay! This project also has an instructional video available!


  • Step 1
    Bend a 24" length of 16-gauge dark annealed wire in half. Leave a 1-1/2" loop at the top for the head and neck. Hold the loop and use pliers to twist about 4" to form the body of the armature.
  • Step 2
    Bend a 20" length of 16-gauge wire in half and wrap it around the first piece to create arms.
  • Step 3
    Cut a 20" length of thinner, 20-gauge wire and wrap it around the arms, trim off any excess. Cut a 24" length of 20-gauge wire and wrap the legs. The wrapped wire allows the clay to attach better to the armature. Decide where you want to place the legs and drill holes in a wood base. Mix together some fast-setting epoxy and glue the legs into the base.
  • Step 4
    Use air dry clay to sculpt over the armature. Try to sculpt what you think the shadow of the figure would look like. Since the clay is air dry, the hardening process starts as soon as the package is open. The sculpture will be completely dry in about 24 hours.
  • Step 5
    Once the clay has set, paint with acrylic. For a bronze-like finish, use Magic Metallic Steel paint and Rapid Rust patina. For a more economical alternative, use your favorite acrylic paints.

Products Used

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