Polymer Clay Sea Urchins Sculptures // How to Sculpt Tutorial


Hello! Today we are sculpting sea urchins, and we are starting with the easy ones. Start with a ball of clay and flatten the edges all around. Then, start to poke some holes with ball ended tools. You are aiming at drawing lines. And I divided the sea urchin in five. I’m using different sizes of ball ended tools to draw the lines and also needle tools. I would suggest you look at real sea urchins to get some inspiration. And of course you don’t have to make lines, you can make all kinds of shapes, just make sure they are geometric Or at least organic looking. For the second sea urchin, we are starting to make a mould. For that, draw a line, using different sizes of ball ended tools. Cut excess clay. And then, shape different types of moulds for different sea urchins. And then bake everything. After baking, use some baby powder or chalk, to dust of the clay and mould. Push the clay onto the mould and remove delicately. Then, shape your sea urchin like we did previously, starting with a ball that you flatten. Then cut your tiny spikes. And place on top of the sea urchin. Repeat the steps to have enough to cover the sea urchin. Smooth down the edges using a metallic embossing tool, or a silicone shaper or even a toothpick. And because texture is queen in my world, I added some extra holes with a ball ended tool and a toothpick. The last sea urchin is similar to the previous one, in the sense that we are making a mould first. This mould is a little bit more complex. We are starting by poking bigger holes with a bigger ball ended tool. Then add some tinier holes with a tinier ball ended tool, and also holes all around. I was inspired by a picture of a real sea urchin, so I’m linking it down below, so you can see the original. And then bake your mould. After baking and cooling of, dust the clay and the mould with baby powder or chalk, and then press the clay onto the mould, and remove delicately. I repeated these steps five times so I could cover a sea urchin entirely. Just make sure to add some liquid clay, which I forgot to record. Without the liquid clay, it won’t stick as nicely. And using a metallic embossing tool, smooth out the edges all around. And make sure the clay sticks nicely to the sea urchin base. I also added some tiny balls of orange clay all around, just make sure to add some liquid clay, otherwise they won’t stick as good. And because textures and patterns are the flavor of the world, I added some tiny holes and textures for good measure. Tiny holes using a needle tool. Tiny lines using a spatula tool. I can never emphasize this quite enough, but make these techniques your own, and choose your own colors, your own textures, and your own reference pictures, this is how you will truly become an artist. And not just replicate exactly the colors, etc. from what I do. Just take this as an inspiration and start doing your own. I also added some coloring with some dry pastel. And painted some details with white acrylic paint. And once you are done with all your sea urchins, bake them all at once. After baking and cooling off, I added some paint for extra details. I painted row of dots on the easiest sea urchins with a toothpick. On the more complex sea urchins, I used a brush and painted areas. This is always interesting to work with, because you can sculpt everything in white and add the paint at the end. I usually like to work in colors from the beginning, but that’s an option if you don’t have much money, you just buy white clay and go from that. And we are done. I very much hope you enjoyed these three tutorials in one! If you liked it, maybe give it a thumbs up, maybe subscribe, and I see you in my next video. Bye! (text from the video of the crystals, go watch that one for the subtitles! thank yooou!)

94 comments

  • Madewith Creativity

    Je pense que tu es née avec un pain de polymère dans la main, ton travail est si exceptionnel que cela ne peut être que ça!! Bravo ;D

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  • konekaurore

    J'adore ta petite vidéo d'intro 😀 <3
    Continue, c'est toujours un plaisir de voir tes créations 🙂

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  • Karina Kong

    pls make more coral or sea items

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  • Juana Macho

    Fantástico!!!!!😍😍😍

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  • AEmerald Entity

    Isn't it pronounced ur-chin

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  • The fromage

    super beau!!!

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  • HttpsClara

    C'est magnifique et super original 👌😱❤️

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  • msnounours

    Very cool. Very relaxing to watch too!

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  • c m

    Très mignon ^^

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  • Martin Bumblebee

    Amazing, Stephanie! As always 🙂
    By the way I loved your art roomtour! :3
    It was nice to see how many supplies you have!

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  • Karen Strömer

    You read my mind, I find Sea Urchins beautiful, but they are an endangered specie. Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

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  • Lauren Magpie

    I didn't know urchins could be so pretty! Lovely video!

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  • Rudhira

    Would potato starch work instead of chalk or baby powder?

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  • TheWiseMagpie1

    That is such an original idea! They are lovely!! Merci beaucoup!!

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  • lsfein

    This is a magnificent technique. Thank you so much for sharing. So simple, but so many uses. I love your work.

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  • Em Rose

    I love this so much! But it's "err-chin" not "err-kin".

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  • Enlightened Flamingo

    Great! Thanks for mentioning about using this & all other tutorials as inspiration only. I see so many people just copying others' ideas & not being creative/original. It's fine to learn, but ya gotta think outside of the box & do your own thing. I'm enjoying your videos, thanks for sharing!

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  • Hiba Sharafuddin

    OMG ! I always wanted to make sea Urchins but was tensed about making allll those tiny balls.. now i know the shortcut! Thanks a ton! u are Amazing! Much Love <3 ..

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  • Millie Ubu

    just amazing!! I want to do them all! They are so cute!

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  • PointlessNeedles

    this so makes me want to pull out the clay and start creating maybe i will after a bit i work with cold porcelain though so its a little different and i wish my ball ended tools would hurry up in the mail lol i did get my pack of rubber ended shaping tools anyone else wondering where you can buy them and not pay a fortune go to aliexpress its not superb quality but i got a whole set for like $2 thats alot better than $20 lol and they have ball ended tools under cake decorating and also a ton of silicone molds for cheap

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  • Tina Lindholm

    Wonderful urchins!

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  • Paper Whispers

    I love your advice to other artists, it is so very true, dancing to the beat of your own drum is the only way to go. This was a really stunning and laborious piece…….well done!

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  • Denise Osborne

    Awesome!

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  • Katerina Vodrazkova

    Fantastic urchins

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  • Lani Haskins

    I've been wanting to make sea urchins for a long time after seeing them used to hang air plants from. Thank you for making this tutorial. The music compliments your video perfectly and I am really looking forward to making my own.

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  • Wotanaiso

    I'm watching this on the bus

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  • Ashly Cutcliff

    Is it just me or do your say it sea ur- sh- ins

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  • Zen Pie

    i want to eat them

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  • Pinar Sondal

    so amazing

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  • Ildi Beleznai

    I love the way you make a sculpture. Colors are fantastic!

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  • MYT CR8TiV

    How about Sea Stars next ?

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  • sillystorm28

    Id love to do this with gradients! A lovely blue to green with white details, or a beautiful lavender to white with blue details…. so many ideas 😀 It would be interesting to attempt the more pointy variety too!

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  • Gilbert Aimee

    What nationality are you? Where I'm from we call them sea urchins (er- ch like cheese – in) i have never seen such an awesome beautiful twist on a plain creature!

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  • jadeetdaly

    ils sont fantastiques et avec tes explications ça a vraiment l'air simple
    très intéressant
    merci

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  • Gene Dau

    <ils sont super beaux !!!!

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  • Sunshine Sunshine

    Man, you killed it! Fantastic video, as always <3

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  • Clay Girl

    Great job thanks!!

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  • Damoiselle Pralinimo alias Cookinelle

    waou c'est splendide quand j'ai vu l'image de la vidéo j'étais en état de choc!! Vous êtes incroyable ou bien magicienne!;-)

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  • dominique bocquillet

    tout est simplement magnifique

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  • Alice Tanasie

    Your charms are sooooooo realistic I love your charms 😀😀

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  • M • Vanvid

    I thought they were pin cushions! 😅 They are so cute!

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  • Inna Gjorgieva

    beautiful

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  • CuriosityRocks

    They're beautiful 😍

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  • Happy Little Charms

    Wow love this so much 🙂

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  • Annalisa Macario

    Your lesson is so True. A Lot of People are able to copy…But this is not the real mean of "artist". You're AMAZING! Congrats! 😊

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  • Breanne Goby

    Hehe "Because texture is queen in my world" I love that

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  • Elizabeth Stanwood

    your final sea urchin is lovely, but it does look slightly like breasts…

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  • Elizabeth Stanwood

    your final sea urchin is lovely, but it does look slightly like breasts…

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  • Shirene Ng

    OMG THIS IS ADORABLEEE

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  • islandgirl13153

    you really did a great job on these I just love them! I live on maui Hawaii and they do look like the ones we have here.

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  • Anni Dahl

    très mignon!

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  • Mona Kel

    Great tutorial! Thanks!

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  • Salo Carrillo

    you are great at this!!!

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  • Laura Arsenault

    C'est trop beau tes truque

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  • shealien

    your channel and everything you make is so cute!

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  • Amanda Kaufman

    I really love how in every video you say to use your own pictures as inspiration and to not follow your tutorials exact because If they do then people won't learn as much but they also wouldn't find their own personal style or growth and they just become dependent on tutorials

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  • Jahaziel Galicia

    Jure que era Pan de Muerto de colores 🙁

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  • Shellbug

    darn…ur good!! but I bet u knew tht!! 😉😘 subscribing to u now!!!!

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  • CrystalDesdemona

    Wonderful! 🙂

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  • Palalita88

    WOW!!!

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  • Gina Taylor

    can you make a clam that opens up like your waffle maker?

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  • Elle p

    Love it :3
    i think in a lot of your videos you mean to say " symmetrical " when you say geometric? am i wrong?

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  • Salzblut

    They do look pretty realistic, but sea urchins always have segments divided into five. Yours had a few too many here and there.

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  • Bruno Weiss

    Beautiful work!
    Can I buy white polymer clay and make my own colors with some kind of pigment?

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  • Ame H.

    Fabulous.

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  • Nancy H

    Absolutely awesome!

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  • Anima H

    (y)

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  • GoodbyeGuv

    This video is exactly what I needed to find today! I made a large octopus like the one in your tutorial and I'm going to decorate round it's legs with urchins etc! Making decor items for my sons nursery 🙂

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  • DreamingCatStudio

    Stunning! I love learning how to make and use the molds. And your patience with the dots is great to see. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Saniya Basyt

    this is awesome my favourite..always have been in search if someone is mking sea urchins

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  • 1970 babytran

    what clay you make the mould please Stephanie, or they are still is polymer clay?,cos i saw they are harder ,thank you so much

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  • joke30750

    what clay you make the mould please Stephanie, or they are still is polymer clay?

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  • GaElia

    J adore ce que tu fais. Une abonnee en plus 💗💗💗

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  • CAB97520

    Judging from her accent, Stephanie Kilgast is probably German, so that is why she pronounces things a little differently, folks! More importantly, I want to congratulate you, Stephanie, on your insights and honesty on the complexity of being an artist (and needing to make art) and balancing being a good steward of the land. I love it that you talk about how each of us can start to make small changes that collectively become big changes. For instance, not using so many plastic bags for produce when we shop at the store, so that trillions of particles of plastic don't end up in the ocean. Tiny change and easy to do. None of us are perfect. So, keep up what you are doing and saying, Stephanie. And thank you for speaking out about desertification! I do wish someone would bring up the topic of overpopulation, as it relates to the destruction of our planet. It was openly discussed in the 1970s, but now everyone seems to be afraid to even bring it up. Two parents should bring only two kids maximum into the world. If you want more kids, adopt them, or foster care them, or help out with your neighbor's kids. Start the Conversation. "Zero Population Growth Now!" (thanks again)

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  • Dik de Bruijn

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorials. I also really appreciate the music. It is never obtrusive. As for how you pronounce things, well, I'm Dutch, and I can mispronounce any number of words in 8 different languages.

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  • Janet Webb

    I absolutely love your creations. Your encouragement to be independently expressive is wonderful. Thank you for your sharing and encouragements. I am inspired!

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  • Ben Tebrunsvelt

    Great work

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  • nubian goddess

    ✨✨✨💫beautiful, realistic 💫✨✨✨

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  • Elisabeth MB Clancy

    I lik

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  • Elisabeth MB Clancy

    I loved all of your sea urchins . I had a 250 gallon saltwater tank with the like urchins along with many others in it . Thank you with all the great ideas

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  • harmony331000

    Hello 👋🏼 I’m wondering if cornstarch would work as a powder for the molds instead of baby powder or chalk??

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  • Jastra J

    Please change that music its making me sick

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  • Rico Biggart

    They looked like desserts in the thumbnail… I want dessert

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  • Sikart

    Wonderful video and great work! +👍💐💐🖐️

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  • Vivian Becerra

    HI!!! LOVED THIS TUTORIAL, do you do this just for u or are they some commission or part of a bigger art piece?

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  • Daniela M.

    Absolutely GREAT!!! thank u…

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  • R. F.

    Seems to take so long, how much would you sell 1 for?

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  • R. F.

    Pronouced "ur-ch-in" not "ur-kin"

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  • mrsjanuaryflower

    Loved it! Thank you for sharing ni am trying to find a way to make brain coral. Did you by any chance have a tutorial on that? Thanks

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  • Yolanda Osorio

    Muchas gracias por compartir

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  • Angel Simsc

    I don't have the equipment!!

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  • Lisa Godin

    Actually you're making the skeletons of sea urchins. When alive they have thin pointed spikes and they like eating coral.

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  • Gail Parsloe

    Awesome tutorial! Thank you!

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  • • Tse•

    U call it like ch but not k

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