Have you ever wanted to create your own clay pot Ursula character? Well, you’re in luck! In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to bring this iconic Disney villain to life using clay and your artistic skills.
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Before we embark on this creative journey, let’s gather the supplies required to make a Clay Pot Ursula:
The Ursala character I made can be scaled down to a smaller size. She ended up about 16 inches wide and over a foot tall! Here is an article for Clay Pot People Basics.
- Clay pots: Choose various sizes to create different levels for your Ursula body and tentacles.
- Acrylic paints: Select a range of colors to bring her to life.
- Face Printout: I found mine online and printed it.
- Paintbrushes: Assorted sizes for detailed painting.
- Clear acrylic sealer: To protect your witch from the elements.
- Hot glue gun: For secure and sturdy assembly.
- E6000 Glue: Permanent glue for strength.
- Decorative accessories: such as faux pearls such as the pearl ribbon for embellishment.
- Twine or wire: To create arms for Ursula. Alternatively, they can be glued to the side.
Now that we have all the necessary supplies, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of making a Clay Pot Ursula!
Step 1: Painting the Clay Pots
To start, plan out your painting scheme as this is an involved clay pot character.
- Clean the pots: Ensure that the pots are clean and free from any dirt or debris. A damp cloth should do the trick.
- Apply a base coat: Start by applying a base coat of paint to the pots. This will serve as the background color. Allow the paint to dry completely.
- I painted most of the body black and left the colored surfaces unpainted to add color.
- I painted the tentacles in purple shimmer on 1 side of each of the 1.5-inch clay pots.
- I painted Ursula’s head white and added detail later.
- Add details: Once the base coat is dry, use different paint colors to add intricate details, such as Ursula’s chest and neckline. I painted them in teal shimmer.
- Painting the Face: I can’t paint so I printed a “face” from online and glued it in place. You can also transfer the image if you prepare the surface correctly and use Mod Podge.
Step 2: Assembling the Tentacles
Use hot glue to hold the clay pots in place while the E6000 glue sets and dries.
- Glue the 2.5-inch clay pots equally around the 5.5-inch pot. You may need to prop them up while working with them.
- Glue the 1.5-inch clay pots to each other on an angle to create 8 “elbows”. Set aside until the glue dries. E6000 will drip until it sets up and sometimes takes 24 hours to become permanent.
- Glue the torso and head together on opposite ends.
- Glue the torso to the main body.
Step 3: Adding Finishing Touches
- Cut the pearl ribbon down to 1 row and glue it onto the neckline.
- Cut some of the pearl ribbons and arrange the pearls to form a loop that looks like a shell.
- Glue the shell to her chest and add a painted necklace.