How to Make a Yeti: A Helpful Guide

The legendary Yeti is known all over the world as a Bigfoot type hybrid between man and primate. Some consider the Yeti and Bigfoot as the missing link between man and ape. In the following tutorial, I’ll show you how you can make your own Yeti with polymer clay.

The legend of the Yeti

The legend of the Yeti from the Himalayas is an old one. Some think it’s some kind of a cross between a primate and human or the missing link. Others say it’s not as closely related to humans as believed.

How to Make a Yeti: A Helpful Guide

Back in the 1970s, which is my earliest recollections, the Yeti and Bigfoot were a big part of popular culture. Surprisingly, they still are. Why do I say surprisingly? Because today we live in a much different age. Whether you call it the Digital Age, or the Information Age, nowadays everyone has a cell phone that takes better pictures than professional cameras and an equally powerful video recorder to go along with it. There are more shows on cable television and documentaries streaming on Roku on the subject but still, they have yet to find the Yeti. Or Bigfoot for that matter. One would think with everyone having a cell phone that capturing cryptids on video or through photographic imagery would be much more forthcoming. Especially when these reports come in from all over the world.

Proving the existence of a real Yeti – It’s not looking good

Whether you call it the Yeti, Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Skunk Ape, or by other names, sightings continue to pour in from all over the world without any evidence to back them up. My father believed in the Yeti and Bigfoot. Back in those days (the late 1970s) it seemed much more possible. The United States wasn’t as built up as it is today. We’ve lost a lot of forested areas and replaced them with suburban neighborhoods. And still, not even one single roadkill?

The environment of the Yeti specifically hasn’t changed all that much over the past forty years. But what would such a creature eat? Surviving up in the Himalayas isn’t easy. The mountain range offers very harsh conditions but I have seen areas at its base that supports animal life and has some plants and vegetation. Still, when you take into consideration that helicopters, planes, and even satellites aren’t picking up any evidence from the top of those mountains, it truly makes you question whether such a creature exists.

The other side of the Yeti coin

Then there is the flip-side of the coin. There are so many videos on YouTube and pictures throughout the internet that are obviously fake and photoshopped, yet, what if a real picture of the Yeti or Bigfoot was posted? It would quickly be debunked as a fake. So, ultimately, photographic or video evidence isn’t enough for proving these creatures existence. It’s going to take a psychical body to prove that any cryptid exists. Even then, you’ll still have skeptics and those who come up with conspiracy theories which have become commonplace among the users of the internet. Watch out for conspiracy theories, once you start believing in them, essentially everything in life is a conspiracy. You eventually lose grip on reality.

Making a Yeti out of polymer clay

If you’ve found this site through a search engine and you’re completely new to it, allow me to explain what I do. I make stuff out of polymer clay. Particularly, action figure prototypes, holiday ornaments, refrigerator magnets, and more! I find polymer clay extremely easy to work with. I’ll break down the process for you.

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Looking good!

You’d like to make a Yeti for your own, right? After all, it’s probably the closest you’ll ever come to meeting one. Well, polymer clay is a great way of doing it. You’ll need polymer clay, which isn’t actually a clay, it’s a plastic that doesn’t dry out on you like true clay does after you work it too long. Also, you’ll need a spool of craft wire, some tinfoil, and an oven to bake the figurine in when it’s completed. From there you have the option of painting or glazing it.

Some polymer clay tips

Some people like to make figurines out of solid white polymer clay and then paint the different colors needed on the figure. I’m not an especially good painter so I only use paint for touch up issues. Kids need their parent or guardians permission and must be supervised by an adult when using the oven, or working with any sharp clay sculpting tools. Use oven mitts when removing a hot cookie sheet from the oven and leave it to cool for two hours.

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This is when the hardening takes place and touching it too early could mess up the figures balance. That’s a quick run through of the process. Below you’ll find more details including and three-part video series on How to Make a Yeti.

Working with polymer clay

Working with polymer clay is a lot of fun! There’s also a great sense of accomplishment one feels after completing a figurine successfully. You can make all different kinds of things from polymer clay, even jewelry, and pendants. Just remember, it’s not edible, don’t eat food off polymer clay plates or drink out of polymer clay mugs. Also, don’t smoke anything made from polymer clay. Don’t place a polymer clay figurine underwater, or in a fish aquarium. It isn’t advisable to make something from polymer clay that holds water or any other kind of liquid. The things made from polymer clay are for visual appreciation only. Let’s being our tutorial. Good luck and have fun!

Polymer clay figurine construction

The first step in polymer clay sculpture is to build a skeleton out of craft wire. Make sure there’s room for shoulders and hips. Work the wire around each extremity at least twice while wrapping the wire tightly around joints like elbows, knees, wrists, feet, and so on. Be careful not to get poked by the ends of the wire, they’re sharp and I’ve been popped many times by them. Next up, it’s time to add the tinfoil. The tinfoil has two purposes. One, the clay sticks to it, and secondly, the more you use, the more you’ll save on clay usage. Personally, I keep most of my skeletons on the thin side, but it depends on what I’m making. The great thing about working with polymer clay is that it’s hard to make a mistake, and if you do make one (or more), there’s usually an easy fix for it.

Once the skeleton is completely wrapped, it’s time for the fun part, adding the clay and creating the detail. I find layering polymer clay the best technique for creating a figurine. I explain it in more detail throughout this site so feel free to look around and stay for a while.

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Well, that another one completed adding to all the rest! Our Yeti came out pretty good. Check out the video tutorials for more detailed instructions. Best of luck to you and all your polymer clay projects.

How to Make a Yeti: A Helpful Guide

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