SNAIL FULL OF CHARACTER • Simone Lengewitz




Simone Lengewitz is a German multimedia artist who graduated from Fine and Multimedia several years ago. She is using a wide range of mediums and techniques in her work, including both digital and analogue.





There’s one interesting thing about the materials she incorporates into her pieces – she only uses natural materials, such as shells and feathers, that she collects herself during walks. She also consciously works with the natural “flaws” of the found material and makes them part of the design.


In her art, she often mixes a portion of humour and some kind of deeper meaning. One of her obsessions is making snails and her sculptures are truly unique. Create your own by following a video tutorial on how to make one of her cute snails!




TOOLS AND MATERIALS

Shell, Tin foil

Wire, Tape

Scrap polymer clay

Glass Tile

Small Make-Up Sponges

Brushes

Sculpt Tools: Spoon Tool, Silicone Tip Tools

Scalpel

Heat Gun (Optional)

Clay machine (Optional)

Oven, Oven Thermometer





Scrap clay

Fill the shell and incorporate armature into it. It does not have to be filled up completely, just make sure it will stay in place. If you choose a light colored shell, do not use dark scrap clay because it may be visible and darken the shell.


Tacky Glue

E6000 Extreme Tack: Only needed if you want to partially bake your snail with a heat gun in the final step. I always prepare the whole lashes-string with Tacky Glue a few days before I start my project, then I cut the length of strings I need, then attach the lashes as the very last step.


Half spheres with a hole

Mine are 3D-printed, you can also use wooden beads and saw them together or make your own half spheres out of clay.


Glass Cabochons

You can buy these ready-made or buy plain ones and paint them on their backs.



Liquid Clay

Sculpey Bake & Bond: Apply to the whole armature and also the eye antennas and half spheres, let it sit for a few minutes then start sculpting.


Polymer Clay

You can use any other polymer clay but Cosplay will make the eye antennas possible without breaking. I use my clay machine to prepare flat sheets of clay which I can then wrap around the armature. This is optional, but it also helps with conditioning the clay, as it is very important to avoid any cracks, regardless of the polymer clay you are using. You will be baking your sculpture several times. Make sure to never bend any parts of it when you plan to bake again. And also let the piece cool down completely before you continue working on it.


Baby Oil

When you’re ready and happy with your sculpting, use Baby Oil with a brush and your fingers to make the surface smooth. Don’t overdo it because for the next step it has to be as dry as possibl