- Transparent Liquid Sculpey
- Black clay
- Paints to tint TLS
- Wire- fine for hooks and heavier for mobile
- Clear quilting thread or fine fishing line
- Needle nose pliers
- Piece of glass for work surface
- Pencils or dowels
Step 1: Find or draw a pattern (Figure 1 - left. Click for a larger view). The wings should be drawn separately. A wingspan smaller than 4 inches across works best. I based my butterflies on species native to my county. Place the pattern under the glass.
Step 2: Roll or extrude from your clay gun a long thin string of clay. Outline each wing with the clay. Bend a small piece of thin wire into a staple shape and embed it in the inner portion of each wing outline with the points facing the area where the body will be attached (Figure 2 - right). These will hold the wings in place after baking.