Make the Three Wise Men with Super Sculpey and Air Dry Clay

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In this video I start making one of the Three Wise Men from the Christmas story.

This is a mixed-media sculpture, using Super Sculpey for the head (and maybe the turban), my Silky-Smooth Air Dry Clay recipe for the clothes, and probably Magic Sculpt for his feet and ankles to make him stand up nice and straight on his wooden base.

If you’d like to see more figure sculpting videos in the future, be sure to let me know in the comments below. And I promise I’ll try to get more of the next video in focus – that’s always a big challenge for me when working on something this small.

I mentioned a few links in the video, and here they are:

If you’re curious about the critters behind me in the video, you can find patterns for them here.

If you decide to make the Three Wise Men or any other Christmas-themed sculpture, I really hope you’ll show it off on the Daily Sculptors page. We would love to see it!

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14 thoughts on “Make the Three Wise Men with Super Sculpey and Air Dry Clay”

  1. Watching you form that face is so much form. The character pops out of him. Can’t wait to see his wardrobe. Thanks.

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  2. Interesting way of attaching the feet to the wood. I have always just drilled a hole and put the wire straight into the hole, then built the feet up around the wire. Obviously, the wire would need to be longer than you need so you can do that, then I used a strong epoxy to stabilize the wire in the hole. My way works but your way seems so much sturdier! See, you learn something new everyday! Iโ€™ll bet you could even do bird feet that way….Iโ€™ll have to try and let you know.
    So, the wise men carried gold, frankincense, and myrrh. So if you are having this guy hold a ceramic pot, I guess he would be carrying the frankincense??? Gold could go in a box, myrrh is an ointment of some kind, I think. Give it some thought since you want it authentic.
    Fun project….different than your usual mask or wildlife figures.

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    • Hi Eileen – I actually intend to do it your way for the next two. The wire I used for the feet is too bendy, although the Magic Sculpt should help stabilize them. I think I may do a hybrid – the longer 1/8″ wire going into the wood, with the bendy wire added at the right spot so they can be screwed in, too. No harm in overdoing it, right?

      Following your advice, I just looked up the gifts they’re supposed to be carrying. Frankincense is evidently dried tree resin, so it could go in a box or a ceramic container. Myrrh is a resin from a different tree, and it’s supposed to coagulate quickly, so it would be similar to the Frankincense – but to be really confusing, there was a liquid version used in Jewish religious ceremonies. Would that kind come from Persia? (Doing the research feels a little like traveling down a rabbit hole – everyone disagrees with everyone else…) Anyhoo, we can use one ceramic vessel, maybe a wooden one, and how would we present the gold?

      And yes, this is very different. I can’t remember ever sculpting a human figure. And certainly no tiny little heads. It’s challenging, but fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

      What have you been up to lately?

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      • If you could do just the legs with a super strong wire like coat hanger wire, it will not bend. Then the wire could stand strong.

        It is rumored that the myrrh that was given to Jesus as a baby was saved to anoint Him with in the tomb. Just a rumor to be sure but I kind of like that full circle thought. A friend of mine sculpted a nativity out of ceramic clay and I splurged and bought it. One was carrying an octagonal box(?gold) another was carrying a cylindrical upright container, the other a tall rather than wide container. I will personally email you with a pic of that as I donโ€™t know how to send a pic in this format.

        What have I been doing? I do have several sculptures to show you but have either been too lazy to take the pictures or my IPad has been acting up. Besides that, Iโ€™ve learned how to quill paper and best of all, we got a new puppy! (Will send pic as well) As you know, that in itself is almost a full time job!

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        • Boy, puppies can take a house apart, if you let them! I’ve done so much puppy-proofing in the last three months that I can’t find anything – I was only supposed to hide them from the pup, but I seem to have hidden them from me, too. I hope your new pup is calmer and more civilized than mine is, so far. your pup is gorgeous, by the way. Nobody would be upset if you fill out the form and upload photo, even though he isn’t made out of paper mache. ๐Ÿ™‚

          I’ve been wondering what the family did with those very expensive gifts. For a working class family in Roman-occupied Galilee, having such gifts would make them the richest family in their village. Maybe they saved the other two items for later, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. As always, Jonni, I love your detailed videos, links and information. Especially during this season and covid, I’m very grateful for you…your curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm. Hugs to you my friend.

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