To make a model of a sphinx, roll clay into a hot dog-shape. Then, roll a ball of clay, and attach it to the body. Mold the head, and roll out the legs. Add details, and allow to dry.
- Examine pictures of the sphinx
Look up pictures of the Great Sphinx of Giza, and examine them for the proportions and details of the sphinx. A sphinx is a mythical creature with the body of a lion and a human head.
- Roll out the body
Roll a piece of clay into a cylinder with rounded ends, similar in shape to a hot dog. This piece forms the body of the sphinx.
- Roll the head
Roll a smaller piece of clay into a ball. Press the ball onto one end of the body.
- Mold the head
Use your fingers to mold the head. Pinch the front to make a nose. Shape the back into a triangle shape. Poke holes into the face with a toothpick for eyes. Draw the mouth with a toothpick.
- Add the legs
Roll two thick rolls of clay for the front legs. Press the legs onto the body underneath the head. Use a toothpick to score toes on the other ends of the legs.
- Add details
Use the toothpick to make lines lengthwise along the sides of the body to create steps. Air-dry the sphinx model for several days until the clay is solid.