How to Make Clay Figures
Easy Steps to Craft Clay Figures: A Beginner's Guide 2

Welcome to the Journey of Craft Clay Figures.

What's a Clay Figure?

A clay figure is a handicraft usually made using clay or other malleable materials. The process involves shaping and detailing the clay to achieve the desired form, followed by air-drying or firing to set the shape.

Clay figures can be characters from anime, games, movies, or original creations designed by the artist. They can even be real-life people. Craft clay figures requires patience and skill but can also be a fun hobby.

Why Teach How to Craft Clay Figures?

PicoDIY Studio was founded in September 2018, and over the years, we have trained many skilled clay artists who excel in air-dry and polymer clay arts. You can see more of our work on our social media platforms.

Through sharing and promoting clay art, we have learned that many people who love clay art want to learn how to craft what they want. We have written an introductory guide for beginners to help those who want to try clay art get started quickly. We are happy to share the warmth of clay art with you here.

This guide includes six different character designs, from easy to difficult, from simple to complex, showcasing various techniques and skills.

We hope this guide can help those passionate about clay sculpture and who love craft clay figures to improve their skills and craft unique works of clay art.

If you have strong execution ability, you will gain the most from this guide.


This guide mainly explains the basics of craft clay figures.

Chapters 1-2 introduce clay materials, tools, and basic knowledge, while Chapters 3-8 showcase six selected character creation examples.

The guide provides an analysis of the difficult points in case-making, explains the small techniques, and provides clear graphic step-by-step instructions and video tutorials.

Using this beginner's guide, you can learn the following:

  • Selection and use of clay and tools
  •   Color mixing
  •   Techniques for creating basic shapes
  •   Mastery of body proportions for different styles of characters
  •   Drawing faces
  •   Creating body parts
  •   Making character costumes
  •   Crafting other props
  •   Creating clay paintings

We'll spend time on each of these areas throughout this guide, but we wanted to introduce it here because it offers a look at how we structured the guide as a whole.

Explore the chapters:

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Clay Materials and Tools

In this chapter, you will discover the tools commonly used in clay art creation and the differences between various clay materials. This knowledge is invaluable for beginners, so let's get started!

Chapter 2: Essential Skills and Tricks for Clay Art

We'll cover the basics of choosing the right clay and tools and step-by-step instructions for creating your figures. We'll also provide tips and tricks for adding intricate details and bringing your characters to life.

So, grab your clay and tools, and let's start this exciting journey of craft clay figures!

Chapter 3: Making a Chibi Boy Figurine with Air-Dry Clay

This chapter focuses on the proportion and two-color splicing of chibi-style anime figures. Excluding the hair, this chibi-style boy has a 3-to-1 proportion, with the head, torso, and legs roughly equal. You can measure the size of the mat when making it. As seen from the finished product picture, the highlight of this case is the splicing of red and white. Let's learn this technique from the case study.

Chapter 4: How to Make a Cute Little Girl Figurine with Step-by-Step Instructions

This chapter focuses on producing Chinese Tang-style clothing and floral element decorations. The feature of this chibi-style girl is her costume, a Tang-style dress with Chinese characteristics, matched with a lotus flower hair accessory, giving her a strong ancient charm. Lotus patterns are used as embellishments on the clothing, and lotus flowers and tassels are used as hair accessories and decorations on the costume.

Chapter 5: Let's Make a Beautiful Clay Figure Painting

This chapter focuses on producing semi-three-dimensional ancient-style figures using clay figure painting. Clay figure painting is a semi-three-dimensional work of art, and before making the figures, you need to consider the arrangement and composition within the frame. However, making figures for clay figure painting is slightly simpler than craft clay figures. The clay figure painting being made this time is that of an ancient-style beauty, with classic makeup, elegant hairstyle, and various clothing styles.

Chapter 6: How to Make a 5-Head Proportionally Scaled Figure with Air-Dry Clay?

This chapter focuses on the production of cute 5-head style girls. There are two options for making life-size figurines: a cute 5-head style character and a beautiful 7-head style character. Here, we use a Japanese-style middle school student as an example to craft a cute-style figurine.

 The character has a cute appearance, and the clothing is based on Japanese school uniform styles. The difficulty of making the clothing lies in creating the folds of the skirt and shirt; the key is to create the effect of the skirt flowing.

Chapter 7: DIY Cute Girl Figure for Summer: Step-by-Step Guide and Images

This chapter focuses on the production of kneeling posture and dress trimmings. The cute white-dressed girl figure appears simple and elegant with a minimalist color scheme. The difficult part of making this girl is the kneeling posture, and the focus should be on the production of the legs. The girl's outfit is fresh and clean, with a light-colored dress and the lace trim on the dress as the costume's highlight.

Chapter 8: How to Craft a Princess Figurine Living in a Castle with Air-Dry Clay

This chapter will show you step-by-step instructions on how to craft a princess figurine! This chapter explains the methods of creating curly hair and dressmaking for formal dresses. The challenging part of producing a figure dressed in an elegant gown lies in the creation of the dress, including the form-fitting top, the intricate folds of the body-hugging garment, and the pattern of the formal dress. As for the lower half, it involves a full skirt that exudes a sense of fullness.



    1. PicoDIY says:

      Hi, I’ll start sharing the detailed steps for making the characters next, so keep checking back for updates (I expect to update the content within a week)!

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