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How to Make a Model of a Pharaoh's Tomb

By Jeffery Keilholtz
Use a picture of the Pharaoh's real tomb as inspiration.

Crafting a model of a Pharaoh's tomb is a creative way to embrace ancient history. Born in 1341 B.C., King Tutankhamun -- or King "Tut" -- was the sole heir to the ruler of the land now known as Egypt and its surrounding territories. The tomb of the Pharaoh -- as Tut was called -- is fit with the young king's image and is decorated in the color gold. Construct a model of a Pharaoh's tomb out of polymer clay and create a craft that will actually open and close.

Lay a 18-by-18-inch wax paper sheet onto a flat work surface. Rub 1/4 teaspoon petroleum jelly into your fingers and hands to expedite the lubrication and stretching of the clay.

Mold and stretch the polymer clay until you have a 1/2-inch thick sheet at least 4-by-9 inches in dimension. Trace a 3-by-8-inch tomb cover with a toothpick. Draw the details of the Pharaoh's face, headpiece, folded arms and hieroglyphics. Trim away the excess clay from the outer edges of the cover with a craft knife.

Mold and stretch a second ball of polymer clay until you have a 1/2-inch thick sheet at least 5-by-10 inches in dimension. Trace an identical 3-by-8-inch base for the tomb case that matches the cover. Shape the sides of the tomb case to extend upwards 1/2 inch around the entire perimeter. Draw the details of the Pharaoh's tomb case on the outside edges. Trim away the excess clay from the outer edges of the case with a craft knife.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the two clay pieces for 45 to 60 minutes. Allow one hour for the pieces to cool.

Coat the tomb cover and case with gold and black acrylic paint. Allow two hours for the pieces to dry. Coat the two pieces with one layer of polymer glaze. Allow an additional 30 minutes for the glaze to dry before handling or displaying the tomb.

About the Author

Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.