Make a moss sculpture
by Drucilla James
Image courtesy Akuppa John Wigham
Why not try making a living sculpture from moss to add something a little different to your garden. While we tried out rabbit modelling you can create any shape that takes your fancy and get the kids involved too.
Things you’ll need
- Plastic sheeting to work on;
- Clay – we used clay dug from the garden or you can use potter’s clay;
- Moss – you may be able to collect this from your garden or otherwise obtain it from gardening centres or florists. We used sphagnum moss but you could try other varieties;
- Small pliers and light wire;
- Metal strips;
Step by step
- Dig out the clay if using from the garden.
- Soak the moss.
- Form a ball of clay to make the rabbit’s body to the size you want – model it with wet hands squeezing to avoid air pockets and fractures.
- Roll out a tube to an appropriate size to make a leg. Insert a metal strip into the body and attach the leg to the protruding metal.
- Repeat this process for the other leg.
- Form a separate piece of clay to make the head to a shape and size appropriate to the body.
- Insert the metal strip into the body and press the head on to the piece which protrudes.
- With wet hands mould the joint together.
- Using stiff wire form upright wire ear shapes and insert one into the head. Press two tubes of clay either side of the wire and make into an ear shape.
- Repeat for the other ear.
- With wet hands smooth off to mould the final shape.
- Form a roll of clay and mould at the back of the body to form a tail.
- Take ‘chunks’ of green moss, flatten and apply to the clay body and pin down, using thin garden wire made into ‘hairpins’
- Continue until all the clay is covered with moss.
- Trim any protruding pieces with scissors – ie give it a haircut.
- Place on piece of slate, plyboard etc and try out the best position in your garden.
- Water regularly especially when first formed so that the moss will root into its clay base. Misting is helpful.