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Master class Modeling Modeling the brain Clay polymer plastic Cold porcelain


Due to its texture and versatility, clay is an ideal way to model the brain. Ideal for a school project or craft for a rainy day, building a brain model can teach children their various parts and functions. It is easy to distinguish between parts of the brain using clays of different colors to model each of them. Show the template to your friends and colleagues, and they may want to make it too.


Creating a brain model can teach children their various parts and functions. (Hemera Technologies / / Getty Images)

Cover the table with wax paper for easy cleaning.

Create the two largest parts of the brain, the right and left hemispheres, forming two wide semicircles (the hemisphere is the Greek word for a semicircle).

Place a small piece of clay of a different color between the two hemispheres to present the corpus callosum, which serves as a bridge between them.

Create grooves and turns that cover the cerebral cortex (the outer surface of the hemispheres) by wrapping small pieces of clay and attaching them to the cortex.

Model the cerebellum by making two small clay balls and attaching them to the back of the cortex. Mix both into one element because they are not separate parts, like hemispheres.

Make the brain stem, the part of the brain that connects it to the spinal cord. Make a piece of thin, short clay that looks like a flower stalk. Connect this between the two forms that make up the cerebellum.

Sculpt the brain.

  • Cold porcelain (polymer clay)
  • Syringe (extruder or garlic squeezer)
  • Toothpick

So, let's begin. First you need to leave part of the HF for the syringe, and divide the other part in half and give each half a hemisphere shape.

Now they need to connect and finish the form.

Apply glue to one hemisphere, squeeze a strip from the syringe and make convolutions. (If you sculpt from plastic, then you do not need to apply glue and squeeze it out of the syringe will not work, therefore it is better to use an extruder or a garlic squeezer).

Do the same with the second hemisphere.

With a toothpick, mark the boundary between the hemispheres and correct the gyrus.

The brain is ready. So that it can be hung on the laces, I inserted a ring into it, because I have run out of pins.

We make laces.

For the string, I took a thread of iris and a piece of HF. Threads need to be arranged as in the photo.

Then wrap the threads in a piece of HF and roll between the fingers.

It remains only to cut off and remove the excess HF.

I attached the brain to the cord with the help of a connecting ring.

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