Tutorial : Aang and Appa in a bottle + A break until mock exams are over.

Hello Hello,,

Turns out, I actually had another tutorial left for you guys wahaha !
This time, it’s Aang and Appa in the glass bottle. I think that this was definitely one of the harder creations to make because it had to be so small ! Aang should have been smaller, but he was aready at like 1.4mm width…. it was too hard to make him any smaller than that ><.

Here is the listing on Etsy <– link !

Also, I apologize in advance for some of these images…. it was really late at night (as usual =”=), and since I had to zoom in a lot with my camera, the quality isn’t the best.

So let’s go !

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Materials

Materials

Appa:

  • An off white clay
  • Dark brown ( you can see that I’m about to mix the clay haha)
  • White and black acrylic paint
  • Black clay
  • Brown acrylic paint (if you don’t have it, just mix the primary colours together)

Ang:

  • Orange
  • Flesh coloured clay
  • Light blue acrylic paint
  • Yellow or gold clay

Bottle:

  • Translucent clay
  • Blue clay
  • Deco gel
  • Blue pastel
  • Glass bottle (ofc)

Base

  • For the base, take the light blue clay and squish it to the bottom.
  • I used my round tool and pushed it out.
  • For random see through(ish) bits, add little blobs of translucent clay

TLS

  • Then for the iceberg , take a blob of translucent clay, and squish it using the opening of the bottle. This is so you know how big the iceberg needs to be
  • Cut off the excess
  • For  the water effect, mix deco gel and blue pastel together

Adding TLS

  • Carefully add in the TLS into the bottom, spread it around using a tool
  • Make sure you don’t touch the sides of the bottle, it becomes a pain to clean T__T (But if you do, just use a q-tip and clean it. Try not to swish it around too much or you will end up spreading the deco gel. One hard swipe it enough !
  • Then, draw a little circle so that you’ll have a template of how big Appa should be

Iceberg

  • Before you make Appa, make the iceberg.
  • Place that piece of translucent clay into the bottle.
  • Use a tool, squish out the middle, and make a space for Appa to be.
  • Use tweezers and pinch out the edges

Appa

  • For Appa, make a round body + a tail like totoro.
  • Roll out a thin log.
  • Cut off about 6 pieces and squish one end. Those are Appa’s legs. The squished edge will help us blend easier.
  • Arrange the legs on the side of the body

Fur

  • Blend the legs and using a pointed tool, you may want to re-shape the legs a little
  • Do the same for the other side
  • Using the pointed tool add some ‘fur’ texture (kind of like how it was done in totoro)

Head

  • Using the black, roll out some tiny balls and place three on each paw
  • For the head, take a blob and squish in the middle

Main body shape

  • Attach the head into the body
  • and with brown clay push it into the middle
  • Add the top of Appa’s head and his snout
  • Add a black triangle for the nose

Appa

  • Roll out the black (horns? ) and place them on top of his head. You may want to make some indents before you put them in
  • Take a blob of brown, and kind of like the iceberg, make a little base for Aang to sit in.
  • Place it onto Appa’s back
  • Bake for about 10 minutes. Make sure you don’t burn him !

Painting the face

  • Once he has cooled down, paint on his eyes.

Appa in bottle

  • Place him the iceberg and see if he will fit. If not just make some space for him
  • That black circle is just showing you some effects you can make. I used the pointed tool and pushed in the clay. The deco gel seeped in and now it looks more … icey ? I dont know ahahaha

Painted

  • With the brown paint, add the rest of the details on Appa.
  • Glaze ! :D
  • You can see on the ruler, Appa measures about 1.5 cm . Really tiny ! That’s why he was so hard to make T__T I started over several times.

Aang

  • For ang, take the yellow clay and make a small cone-ish shape
  • Roll out the orange clay thinly and cut off a strip. Wrap it around the top of Aang
  • Take the flesh coloured clay and make Aang’s head.
  • Bake ! Not too long !

Painting Aang

  • Mix a really light blue
  • Paint on the arrow on Aang’s head
  • Add some eyes, and if you want a smile…. I regret adding it on haha, he looks weird..
  • (You can see how small he is, I had to use tweezers to hold him or else my fingers would have been in the way of the camera)

Completed

  • Bake the bottle for about 10 minutes
  • Stick Aang into the top of Appa’s platform (?) thing.
  • Carefully place both of them onto the iceberg.
  • You can see that it kind of looks different from before. I kept repositing Appa and accidently broke pieces off the iceberg T___T so gutted…

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And it’s done  ! YAY :D

Completed

There you go !
If you ever make this, please make sure you take your time. It’s so easy to make mistakes since the scale of these type of creations are so small.
Ahh, I hope this tutorial was easy to understand ^^
Two more weeks and I’m going to have my mock exams so I haven’t had time to make anything new. I think I’ll go on a short break on the tutorials for now.

Thanks for reading !
I’ll be back soon !

-Cyn

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4 thoughts on “Tutorial : Aang and Appa in a bottle + A break until mock exams are over.

      • Cleo says:

        Thanks =) Love your tutorials btw, they are so super useful for me just getting into poly clay =) They are especially helpful to me to see a fellow NZer making awesome stuff regardless of the difficulties in sourcing materials.

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