Friday, December 2, 2011

DIY - Christmas moose tutorial

What a better way to start the Christmas countdown than a simple tutorial to create your own companion moose?

This one was a custom order for a friend, and turned out quite cute. Tiny mooses like this can be sweet Christmas gifts or gift toppers, I hope you'll enjoy!

The instructions are somehow similar to those in my giraffe tutorial, and most of the tips you can find there are useful here too. This project is possibly a bit more difficult, but in the end quite versatile. 
Actually, with a few changes, you'll be able to get a wide range of similar animals, from horses to bears  : )

And here we go!

First step, the same old story. : )
Just create a little ball of brown polyclay - choose it slightly lighter than the actual colour you're looking for, as it will become a bit darker while baking.

Now you need to make an end thinner, and get something that looks like a miniature pear.

Pinch twice the polyclay under the thinner part, to obtain the forelegs of the moose.

Reapeat for the hind legs. The four legs will actually require a bit of work to make them look nice and symmetrical.

Now it's time to bend a bit the head..

..and to gently push it  toward the neck, in order to obtain a better defined shape.

Let's go on with the ears! Model two tiny balls of polyclay.. the point of a toothpick in the middle of both..

..and finally add them on the two sides of the head of the moose.

Two more tiny balls, slightly bigger than the previous ones, in a very light cream shade.

Press them between your fingertips..

and now, the tricky part!  : )
You need to model the horns, which is probably the most difficult step in this tuto.
Take your time, and help yourself with a toothpick and a wet cotton swab, which will be also useful to remove fingerprints and dust from your creation.

Add the horns on the top of the head. You'll have to push quite a lot, to be sure that they are safely fixed. 
The base of each horn, in particular, needs to be firmly fixed and not too thin, or it might break once baked.

What's left? Baking, painting - just two tiny black eyes, with micro white spots to add a bit of sparkle, and maybe pink cheeks and very quick brown nostrils - and eventually glazing.  That's all!  : )

As usual, I'd love to see some pics of your result.. hope you have fun!  :D


  1. The result is so cute! Thank you for the lovely tutorial, mijbil!

  2. Que Hermoso bebé Alce, es tan tierno, lo amé ♥♥♥. Me encantaría poder hacerlo. Gracias por enseñar. Saludos, Naty de Villa Caramelo

  3. Thank you for the great tutorial! ::)

  4. grazie per il tutorial... è troppo tenera l'alce!!!

  5. Love it, sooo cute, hope my bf will like it ;)!!!

  6. @Ciccola,@Airali grazie mille, troppo gentili! :)

    @Drora, Jennifer, Natalia, Malink thank you so much! :D

    @Lucy a mustang suuddenly appears! ;)

  7. I wish I was able to do this :D

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Eeeep! I love your tutorials; you're animals are adorable!
    Thank you for featuring my lamb cookies btw. xo

  9. Lovely!

    You're very, very good!
    Thank you for the tutorial!


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  11. Thank you for sharing ! ... You did it one more time ;-) ..a beautiful tutorial ...well done :-)
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  12. très mignon, merci pour le tutoriel