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 possible. You may let your sculpture sit for a few hours.


Pastels

Pan Pastels work best for using directly out of the pan, other pastels work fine when you use a wet brush and paint the snail like you would do with watercolors. Apply the pigment carefully, don’t use any pressure, otherwise you might get brush strokes which could be hard to remove. Once there’s pigment on it, you cannot smooth the surface again without creating any unwanted stains. You should avoid touching the parts where pastels have been applied to. If you are unsure you can skip this step and bake your snail without applying any pastels on it and jump right to the heat set paints after baking it.



Doll Lashes

You can incorporate the lashes right into the clay if you don’t plan to use a heat gun at the end. The lashes will survive the usual baking temperature of the clay without any issues.


Genesis Heat Set Paints

Apply these paints with brushes and sponges, and then bake for about 10 minutes, according to the instructions of the paints. You can bake your sculpt countless times to make beautiful effects with the paints by applying several layers on top of each other. Be careful not to bend the sculpture or parts of it if you plan to bake it. This will lead to cracks or breaks.


Liquid Clay

Kato Polyclay Transparent: Apply a very thin layer of liquid clay to the whole sculpture. Make sure there’s no uncured paint such as pastels or other heat set paints on it since it will create a stain.


Final baking

You can hit the snail with a heat gun to make the Kato Liquid more transparent and slimy looking. Be aware that if you do the lashes mustn't be inserted before that process, they will melt right away. So If you decide to use the heat gun make sure to prepare the lashes with Tacky Glue and attach to the eyes as the very last step to finish up your beautiful snail.


Hope you will create one snail sculpture by yourself, good luck!