I made this Tamatoa sculpture last year, when I’d only just started using polymer clay, so this was made before I decided that painting the clay worked best for me.The shell of the crab is made out of an actual shell covered in clay with glitter pressed into it. I added the jewels after baking the clay. It was quite difficult to get the crab to stand up, because I was new to polymer clay, but I think I did a pretty good job. I only made this sculpture a bit over a year ago, but I do believe I’ve learnt a lot in the intervening period and, if I made another Tamatoa sculpture, it would be much better and my techniques would be quite different. I do still love this little piece though. Remaking this artwork would be fun, but there are so many other things I want to make at the moment, so I probably won’t get to it anytime soon.