Thursday, April 4, 2013

Making Bear Claws

I can't believe I'm this far along. Today I'm making bear claws and adding wires to the taxidermy eyes I have for bear. I'm using a 2 part Apoxie(epoxy)clay that when perfectly blended should be bright white. I use the roll into a log and fold in half method of mixing.
Here's my bright white clay and one filled eye.
I left tabs on my wire to make it stay put and made a skinny eye hole at the top to receive thread and go through the fabric easier.
And this is how you make claws, I found this apoxie stickie so I only worked with a small amount at one time. I would have taken more pictures but I was getting clay on my camera. Roll it into skinny snakes and slice on an angle.

I must admit one thing to Joanne, in your post you mentioned putting a bend on your metal blade... oops! You can't do that with this type but it worked fine anyway.
After being cut I rolled them between my fingers a little, chose which side would be my nail and gave it a little curve. They are drying nicely here. I tried to use up what I had made but a little goes a long way. So I made a little egg!


  1. So nice. They all look perfect. I love epoxy clay, there are so many things to do with it.

    1. Thanks Joanne, I wonder how many you have made the last couple years?