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.
- 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
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.
When 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.