HERCULES BEETLE • Yana Davydovych

Yana Davydovych loves nature very much, so she often turns to it for inspiration and interesting ideas. “Nature is enchanting with it’s grandeur and beauty. It’s creations are so amazing that they take a breath away,” adores Yana mother nature.

She was inspired to create this beetle by a real Hercules beetle. It is the strongest and one of the largest beetles in the world.

It combines strength, beauty and elegance of form. Yana was very impressed by it’s spectacular appearance and wanted to interpret it in the way she sees it from her artistic view. Now you can dive into the claying and making of this beautiful beetle by yourself, too!


Polymer clay black, carmine, red, orange, yellow, shiny gold

Liquid clay

Sketches of beetle

Sculpture tools: silicone brushes, modeling tools


Flexible blade

Machine or rolling pin

Metal wire ø 0.7 mm

Black lacquer

Glossy varnish

UV epoxy resin

UV lamp

Aluminium foil

Red pastel


Wet wipes

1. Start with making the bases for the torso and wings. Take two pieces of foil and press them very well. Make sure to remove all the air out of them. Make two forms that are similar to the shape of a beetle. Dimensions of the bases for the torso are 1.6 cm / 4.0 cm / 1.5 cm and for the wings 1.9 cm / 3.5 cm / 1.5 cm.


Take a larger base and wrap it completely with a sheet of black clay. That will be the torso. Smooth all the irregularities with fingers and a modelling tool and wipe with a wet napkin.


For the second base, prepare two sheets of polymer clay black and gold. Run them through the machine on a thin setting. Place the gold sheet on the black one and roll them again. Use this two layered sheet of clay and wrap the second base made of foil, but only on one side. Cut off the excess clay by using the blade. Firmly press the clay to the base of the foil. Smooth the edge with a silicone tool.