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Make a Mini-Rabbit with Apoxie Sculpt

This little European Rabbit sculpture was made using the pattern that you can download from this page. The armature is made with cardboard and foil, and the ‘skin’ is made with Apoxie Sculpt. If you use the pattern for your armature, all your proportions will come out right,  and rounding out the shapes with foil is easy. I show you how in the 22-page instruction booklet that’s included with the pattern.

Most of the details on this sculpture are on the face. You can see how the eyes are sculpted in the video above. If you’re familiar with my smooth air dry clay recipe, you could use it instead of the Apoxie Sculpt.

This is a fairly easy project, so it’s a good introduction to sculpting with patterns. This rabbit is a companion piece to a Baby Unicorn (it’s not finished yet, but it will be soon!) and I made both the rabbit and the unicorn with just one pound of Apoxie Sculpt. Of course, if you apply a thicker layer to your sculptures, you may need more.


Download the pattern now for just $5.99:

Check out safely with PayPal. The pattern includes a 22-page instruction booklet for making your own mini-rabbit sculpture with Apoxie Sculpt.


The steps:

  • Page 3 …  Cutting out the pattern, bending the wire, and adding Apoxie Sculpt to the front legs.
  • Page 7 …  Padding the armature with aluminum foil, and burnishing the foil to make it smooth.
  • Page 11 … Applying Apoxie Sculpt to the body, and adding the front legs.
  • Page 14 … Applying Apoxie Sculpt to the head and ears, and sculpting the muzzle.
  • Page 17 … Sculpting the eyes.
  • Page 21 … Sanding, if needed, and painting.

To make this sculpture you will need:

  • A small piece of corrugated cardboard, and some light card stock cut from a cereal box
  • Glue stick
  • A printer, for the pattern
  • Scissors and craft knife, to cut the cardboard
  • Bendable wire. 10 gauge armature wire or any wire that can be bent into the shapes on the pattern.
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glue gun
  • Small piece of tape
  • Plastic wrap, to keep the Apoxie Sculpt from sticking to your table.
  • Latex or Nitrile gloves. You’ll need several pairs. Get some that fit, or you won’t wear them. Loose gloves make sculpting impossible.
  • Sculpting tools (or find anything that works that you already have around the house.)
  • Apoxie Sculpt (you can make several rabbits the same size I made mine with one pound of Apoxie Sculpt)
  • Acrylic Paint (I used chalk paint from Walmart, but you can use any acrylic paint.)
  • Stencil brush (a cheap one is best)
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Matte acrylic varnish

Questions?

I love questions, so feel free to ask. The fastest way to get an answer is to come back to my site and leave a comment below. I see every comment, and I answer them as fast as I can. If you don’t mind waiting a little longer, or if your question needs to be private for some reason, you can send me an email. You’ll find my contact information on your pattern, or click here.

The Unicorn, Hanging Out with His Friend, the RabbitWhen you finish your rabbit, I hope you’ll come back and show it off. You can do that below, or you can put your photo in a comment on the Daily Sculptors page. A lot more people see that page, and we have a nice, supportive community. So don’t be shy!

 


My little rabbit is keeping my Baby Unicorn company.
If you’d like to make both of these sculptures,
you can buy both patterns together.
Click here to learn more.


You may also like:

How I painted the Unicorn.Unicorn Pattern
Hyena Mask PatternHyena Mask Pattern
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12 Comments

  • This looks so good but the epoxy sculpt is a bit pricey, I’d have to order it on amazon and at USD 2.60 per lb shipping weight plus various taxes it would cost way too much to order. It reminds me of br’er rabbit

    • This rabbit could be made with the air dry clay instead, although I haven’t tried that yet. I hope that if someone does make it with something other than the Apoxie Sculpt that they’ll let us see how it turns out.

  • Thank you for sharing your fabulous information. I imagine you working on these fabulous progects and being so content and happy. I am envious.

    Martha coan

    • You’re welcome, Martha. And you’re right – when I’m working on a sculpture I’m too focused to be unhappy or anything but content. It’s good therapy that way. I hope you join us and make some sculptures of your own, if you haven’t already.

  • Jonni, this little rabbit is so adorable! You have really captured such personality! I find people really like sculptures that have more than one component to it. Of course, that means you must have a base though. I often spend as much time on the base as I do on the actual sculpting. Not my favorite part of the process I must say. I would like to try this bunny using your smooth air dry clay…maybe after the holidays! I look forward to seeing the bunny with the unicorn all painted and mounted.

    • Thanks, Eileen. I admit that I’m going to cheat on the base. It won’t be at all as nice as the ones you make. I bought an wooden oval online, and I’ll just sand it and paint it. I look forward to seeing how your bunny turns out with the air dry clay.

      • The only thing I find with buying a pre-made oval is that they are usually made with softer, more inferior wood with knots and imperfections on it. I get my wood from Lowes or Home Depot, usually a walnut or other hard wood, get my brother to cut it as he has the tools, then sand and stain. Really a laborious part but since I show these items, it is worth it. A necessary evil as it were! I will certainly post when I do your bunny.

  • I’ve been using apoxie sculpt for years, but never thought about transferring paper mache” techniques! My sculptures and puppets are so heavy, but durable. Do you find that using Apoxie Sculpt this way is still durable? How would it hold up to dropping? I’ve asked for 2 of your books for Christmas. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    • Hi Kathryn. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, too! 🙂

      As for durability of Apoxie Sculpt over foil …. My lovely cat knocked my test unicorn off a high shelf, so I have experience with this issue. The sculpture cracked in several places along the neck, and lost one ear. It’s all repairable, of course, with more epoxy clay, but my cat was in the doghouse for a few hours. I used a layer of Apoxie Clay that was almost paper thin, to cut down the cost, and that might have made a difference, but I have also dropped some of my paper mache sculptures. The ears do suffer damage, which seems to be unavoidable, but the bodies have never cracked. Apoxie Sculpt doesn’t have the paper fibers that help hold the paper mache clay (and traditional paper strips and paste) together. I don’t want to discourage you from trying it, but you might want to do an experimental piece first, to see if it would hold up for your purposes. The foil armatures definitely cut down on the weight.

      I think the strongest and lightest method I’ve come up with so far is to use a few layers of plaster cloth over a clay sculpt, remove the clay to leave a hollow core, and then use either the Apoxie Sculpt or the smooth air dry clay over the plaster cloth. My doll heads and my rhino were made this way (with the air dry clay) and they’re both strong and light. The fibers in the plaster cloth provide the reinforcement, and the outer layer provides the texture and details. I don’t really want to drop one of my doll heads on the floor to test it, but I’m convinced they would not crack – although they might lose an ear. Of course, I could be wrong, so you’d need to experiment.

      By the way, I would love to see some of your Apoxie Sculpt pieces. Would you be willing to upload a photo or two?

  • Lovely! I truly enjoy working with Apoxie Sculpt and may have to give this little rabbit a try after the holidays. Still working on my raven and a life-size hen! Thank you for sharing your methods in such a kind way.

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