Spider-man polymer clay tutorial.

in art •  2 years ago 

Hello steemians!

I'm back again with my first ever polymer clay tutorial (hopefully a good one). We're going to be making a spider-man piece 😅 So prepare your materials and follow along as we make this not so simple, simple project.

Finished piece

Polymer clay - (I used Du-kit but any will do. I suggest you use fimo soft or sculpey which are softer than the one I used)
Aluminum wire
Cutting tools - (I used a straight knife and hobby knife)
Pliers - (one for bending and one for cutting)
Blending tools - (I used a ball point blender and 2 rubber tipped ones)


First step is to find a reference pic if you're going to be making a piece inspired by an already existing character or object. In this case I used a spider-man image I found in google.

Source: click this for the link

Now we need to make an armature (skeleton) out of aluminum wire.Becareful when handling the wire, the tip can pierce your skin. 😥

Use your cuttig pliers and cut out 2 aluminum wires of the same length. Mine was around 8 inches each

Bend 1 aluminum wire at he center.

Use your pliers to hold the bent center and start twisting. This serves as the neck and arms of the piece.

Twist another aluminum wire of the same length from the base of the neck going outward.

The 2nd wire serves as the torso down to the legs.

Fix the pose.

Note: there are other ways to make an armature. This way is the one I got used to. You can google more detailed videos.

Slowly add tidbits of clay to the armature. I always start with the torso because I find it easier to progress from there.

Slowly build the torso up with chunks of clay

Don't forget the back.

Once you've added enough clay to make the torso, blend it using a tool or your finger to smoothen the piece. Take your time and follow the body shape from your reference.



Done? Okay! We will now add the large muscle parts of the torso to give the piece that "umph". 😅

Add the chest area then blend the sides.

Next up are the big back muscles.


Add the abs.

And as always, BLEND!

Now that is starting to look more and more like a body.

Next up are the arms. Let's divide it in 3 segments shoulder area, upper arm and forearm area to make it easier starting with what's closest to the body. let's leave hands for later because they are hard (at least for me)

Make a circle and cut it in half to make the shoulders.

Make long cylinder shapes for the upper arm.

You can cut half way vertically to make attaching to the wire easier.


Results should more or less look like this.

Just follow the basic concept of what we did for the arms and apply it to the leg. Divide the parts. 😊

For the thigh area, use a similar piece of clay as the upper arm but slightly bigger.

Add the calves area.

Cut tiny oblongs for the feet.

Attach the feet and blend.

Next up is the head. This is easier compared to the other parts because spider-man does wear a mask 😅

Make a tiny oblong shaped piece

Refer to your picture and shape it accordingly

Use your smallest finger to push the areas where the eyes should be. You can use the blending tools for fine tuning.

Now add a neck to the body. Just take a small piece of clay and blend it where the neck should be.

Attach the head carefully and blend it to the neck using your blending tools.

Now for the hands dumdumdum!!!! (almost lost my mind here). Difficulty varies depending on the clay you use because some are easier to work with. Take your time with this one.

Cut tiny oblong shaped pieces and cut lines for the fingers.

Use your finger to get in between the lines to shape them properly.

Attach and add lines similar to your hand.

Do the same with the other hand.

Wow! We're basically done. Just add more details to your piece as you see fit.

I added a much more detailed butt and some muscle lines.

Time to bake! (refer to the instructions on your clay of choice for the baking time and temperature)

Yey! We did it! Get your acrylics and have fun painting your very own spider-man figurine. 😃

WARNING! I am in no way an expert in painting so feel free to now follow the steps here.

Let's go!

I used black, red, blue and white.

I covered the whole piece with blue first.

I then proceeded to color the red areas of the piece

Up next is the line work for the web.

I added in the spider-man logo.

Lastly the eyes.

We're done! Pheeew! Hope you had fun. Hope this will be of help to you. Thanky you! Comment below if you want a specific character tutorial 😄

Photo shoot time!




Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

This post has received a 15.42% upvote from thanks to: @bigboycrafts.
For more information, click here!!!!

Send minimum 0.010 SBD|STEEM to bid for votes.

Do you know, you can also earn passive income after every bidding round simply by delegating your Steem Power to @minnowhelper?
you can delegate by clicking following links: 10 SP, 100 SP, 500 SP, 1000 SP or Another amount

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

This is an amazing work, Jonathan. I'm really becoming a fan. I especially like the level of detail in the hands. So bad-ass. Hmm, request? haha. Another anime figure? lol. What are your fave anime so far?

Ty so much man! Would love to make another anime figure..do you have someone in mind? My fave has to be luffy ftom one piece, especially the new form 😃

  ·  2 years ago (edited)

Haha. I love One Piece too. I watch a lot of anime of different genre but OP would always be my special #1. hehe. No rush with this. lol. Btw, Congratulations on the Curie vote! I was expecting you'll get it soon :)

Same here though I do have a soft spot for romcoms 😅 ty so much! Was shocked when I checked back on the post.

Toradora would probably be my #1 for that genre. haha. Though I haven't explored much recently to know the latest ones :)

I'm sure you'll get another big vote in the future hehe. Congrats again.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions is probably my fave though toradora is certainly up there.

Ty again! Seeing people take time to look at my pieces always motivates me a lot 😊

Hey man.. that is so cool! I always wished I could be creative like that. Sadly
I never could find the time and patience to start learn. Perhaps now!

Request? Please do a good Hulk and I might follow along!
I go and check out your other posts!

Ty so much my man! Give it a try. I'm sure in time you'll get better and better.
I'm really a really impatient person but somehow clay sculpting is helping me with that.

Ohhhh! Hulk is certainly on the list!😊 ty for the request!

Omg this is so great! I enjoyed reading it through. It seems so easy but I know it isn't. I hope I can try this. I will create spongebob so it will be easy haha.

Ty!!! So glad you actually took the time and had fun 😄 I really recommend clay sculpting! Fimo soft would be a good brand for starters 🙂 I'd love to see your piece if ever you do decide to make one 😄

Wow this is so great. You made it look so easy and the coloring done is simply awesome!

Ty so much! I I'm glad I didn't mess it up during the coloring phase (I usually do 😥). So happy you took time to go through the long post!😊

Wow! it seems easy but I think not. You're an artist. Looking forward for tge bigger one.


Ty so much! Makes me happy that you took time to check this post out. You should give it a try! It's a great stress reliever 😅

Congratulations @bigboycrafts!
Your post was mentioned in the Steemit Hit Parade for newcomers in the following category:

  • Pending payout - Ranked 9 with $ 87,89

I also upvoted your post to increase its reward
If you like my work to promote newcomers and give them more visibility on Steemit, feel free to vote for my witness! You can do it here or use SteemConnect

Awesome job bro!! You have an amazing and unique talent!! Keep it up galing!! You got my upvote and follow.

Hey man! Ty so much. I'm glad you like what I did. Expect better posts soon. Do cimment you request if you want to see a character 😊

Wow, this is amazing work, Sir!. @bigboycrafts followed you

Ty sir! Glad you like it 😊 Hope it helps and maybe you can try it too 😄