Mini Museum/Project No. 4: Hundertwasser Sculpey Towers
For the fourth Mini Museum, we made miniature onion domed towers out of Sculpey, inspired once again by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The emphasis for this project was focused more on sculpting than on painting. I wanted the girls to become familiar with the clay - how to roll, pinch, knead and cut it into the shapes that they need.
This project was much easier to complete than the fabric buildings. We spent a total of 10 minutes sculpting and about 45 minutes painting. The painting may take longer depending on the amount of details, as the paint needs to dry in between different colors.
Sculpey Original Polymer Clay in White - On Amazon, 1.75 pounds is only $9. We made 10 towers out of only 1/2 the package
Sandpaper 100/medium and 150/fine
Liquid Acrylic Paint - We used Daler-Rowney FW
Brushes - Small Rounds
Paint palette - We used tinfoil for easy cleanup
STEP ONE: SCULPT THE ONION DOME TOWERS OUT OF CLAY
Roll a piece of clay into a cylinder and cut the rough ends with a knife. Roll a second piece of clay into a ball. Please see the proportions in the example below
Connect the ball and the cylinder by smoothing clay from the ball onto the cylinder
Pinch the top of the ball into a point
Smooth and shape the tower
Lay your tower down onto a covered baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees. Baking time will vary depending on the size of your towers. Our towers were about 2-3" tall and 1/2"-1" thick. They hardened after 30 minutes of baking
If your tower does not stand after baking, use a rough sandpaper (100 medium) to sand the bottom. I placed the sandpaper on a flat table and drug the bottom of the tower across it. Use the finer grain paper to smooth out any rough edges
STEP TWO: PAINT THE TOWER WITH LIQUID ACRYLICS
For this step, I preferred the stained look of the liquid acrylics, but regular acrylics can also be used.
As I mentioned, the girls painted their towers anyway they liked as the focus of this project was on making the towers.
Thank you Hundertwasser for the inspiration!