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Query from: Vasuki, Hyd, India, 08/27/08
Topic: POOJA      Submitted on: Ask Agent
Subject: how to make clay ganesha idol

i want to make small clay ganesha idol for an exhibition tomoro. Please let me know the procedure and steps. It should be environmental friendly.

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Response from: NEERAJA NAVEEN,   
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you can make Ganesh idols at home. Ganesh idols can be made at home using clay, paper, wood, flowers and vegetables. If you are buying a Ganesh idol, please opt for an environment friendly Ganesha.

How to make clay Ganesha?

Materials needed: Clay, paints, coil, aluminum foil, paint brushes, sandpaper, putty or glue and clothes.

Mix the clay. You can get clay from riverbeds or buy it from stationary stores. While mixing the clay and using it, make sure that your hand is slightly wet. Make a skeleton – round face, hands, body and leg – using the coil or copper wire. Next create Ganesha by adding clay to each body part on the coil skeleton. First create the body and large stomach by filling that part of the coil with clay. Next create the head. Next create the trunk and stick it at the center of the head. Next fill the coil ears with clay. Create small balls of clay and flatten them like ears. Next fill the coil hands with clay, flatten the clay near palm. Next fill the coil legs with clay. Flatten the clay near feet or create separate feet. Now you will have a figure of Ganesha. If you want to be more creative, you can opt for four hands and other additions found in Ganesh Pictures. (Never expect your Ganesh to match those available in markets as they are created by professionals. But with trial and error you mind even end up creating better ones). Using a brush smoothen the exterior. Make sure that you don’t damage the structure. Now leave the Ganesha to dry but not in direct sunlight as cracks may appear. When the idol is dry, use sandpaper or brush to smoothen the exterior. If there are cracks use glue or putty. Use putty or glue at joints and brush it make it smooth. You can draw eyes and other aspects like ‘tilak’, eyebrows etc Make the idol dust free and smooth before painting. You can use chemical acrylic paints to beauty Ganesha but please don’t immerse such Ganesha’s in rivers, seas and ponds. You can also try out other natural methods to color but this is a difficult task as it is hard to prepare natural colors. But still you can look around for readymade natural colors. Now you can make crown and other items found on Ganesh idol using aluminum foil. You can also stitch small dress for Ganesha and decorate the idol with flowers.

If you are living in Mumbai or Pune you will get Ganesha mould in the market or from idol makers. Using this you can create Ganesha from paper.

How to make paper Ganesha?

Materials needed for Paper Ganesha: Paper, ghati gum, whitening powder, flour, aluminum foil or clay.

Depending on the size of your idol,tear waste paper and soak it in water. Once soaked create fine pulp out it by grinding it.Take 150 grams of ghati gum and dilute it in water and mix it with paper pulp.Leave the pulp for a day and on the next day, the pulp will be like chutney.Add some whitening powder to it.Now the pulp will be like chappati atta.Make chappatis out of the atta. And stick them to the Ganesha mould.Now create a flour paste. Cover the mould with two to three layers of flour paste and finally cover it will paper and leave it to dry.Once dried,pull off the protective layer of flour.Use a brush or sandpaper to smoothen the idol.Use water colors to paint them.Draw eyes,eyebrows,tilak and other aspects.Make ornaments,crown and other items using aluminum foil or clay.

If you are interested in carving,you can create Ganesh from vegetables like pumpkin.The choice of the vegetables depends on the size and style of the Ganesha you intend to create.

You can also use flowers or rangolis to create Ganesha on the ground or on boards.

ganesh idol making with Flowers and grains :

These are the easiest. On a wooden canvas draw Ganesha, spread glue all over and paste your favourite flowers.Similarly,paste different grains and pulses according to different colours and shapes to give your painting cum idol a definitive shape.

These do not last for long but are best for those who keep Ganesha for half a day or just a day.

ganesh making using vegetables :

Arrange different shapes vegetables in the form of Ganesha.With a vegetable carving knife you can carve.You will need a plank that will support the idol all the time.Now sit back and wait for appreciation and complements coming your and your Ganesha’s way!

instead of clay,ganesh idols are made with mud which is called sticky mud.Nowadays Plaster of Paris is used in order to make the idol lighter and more attractive.put pollution will be more with this plaster of paris idols.

Ancient Hindu scriptures(Puranas)mention how Ganesha was created from the dirt off Goddess Parvati's body.Therefore,it is only appropriate that the idol for worship should also be made from mud.Another benefit is that by using mud one is able to pay obeisance to Mother Earth.

For the sake of business,large numbers of idols are made faster,by using prepared moulds. Using one's hands to make idols creates spiritual emotion within oneself,thus such idols turns out to be more pure(sattvik).Hence as far as possible one should use hand-moulded idols instead of those poured on to readymade moulds.

Nowadays,making idols from materials such as coconut,fruits such as banana,betel nuts, silver,coins etc are carried out by many young artisans.or even u can make idols with just leaves also.take big leaf as body and put small leaves as ears,hands and legs and draw with paints the face containing nose ,eyes,mouth.

There are famous Ganeshotsav mandals that choose to make creative Ganesh replicas from flowers, paper mache, coconuts etc.

so u can make ganesh idols with any of the above materials u want.

u can use water colours or fabric colours for painting lord ganesha.u can also use multani mithi as beige colour for the skin of the idol. Turmeric is used for the yellow paint and vegetable dyes are used for other colours.The colors used for vegetable dyes are obtained by grinding and soaking various vegetable mineral dyes in pigment or stone form .

Also avoid using stones to decorate the Ganesha crown etc.This way you know that your idol is completely natural.

my style of ganesh idol making in my house:

last time (for the first time) ,i have made ganesh with atta which we use for making chapathi.make dough as we make for chapathi . with this dough, do parts of ganesha like body,folding legs,hands and head and trunk and join all these parts.i have seen the wallpapers of ganesh in net and made the above parts and joined all parts seeing that wallpapers.but the idol is sinking down .then i made again using thin cardboard(book binding sheets)inside the idol.so take book binding sheet and cut into the 'u' shape and with it attach the parts of the dough and when it is dried for one day,u can paint it by fabric paints and make decorations by seeing the wallpapers in net.

happy vinayaka chavithi to u .

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Response from: Meena v,   
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First find the possible clay for making the idol.

I am suggesting the clay model in whichever color that you pick up and a very simple and small model.

1. Face and tummy : Make a big round (sphere) and a small round. The big one is the tummy and small one is the face. Rub some water on the small round part and make it sit firmly on the big one.If you dont do it firmly it will fall off after sometime.

2.Ears : Make a very small round chapati, and divide it to two equal parts. This forms 2 ears. Again use water to paste it on the front part of small round. After the ear is fixed on both sides, it should look cocky and cute and flatten the smaller round to form the face.........

3. Trunk : Now,make a snake like piece, and bend it towards the right, flatten the top of the piece to fit the top of the face, leave some space on the top for drawing three lines (horizontal), the flattened part on the top of the face is the thumbikai, or the soond/ the trunk. Some people like it to turn left, I like it towards the right.

4. Eyes :Keep two small black beads, and and fix it on two sides of the trunk on the face as two eyes.

5. Teeth : Fix two small teeth like pieces, as the right one is cut off and short for Ganesa and left one is longer, fix them below the trunk , just near it on two sides jutting out conical and flat away from the trunk.

6. Hands and legs: Again make one more snake like piece, cylindrical , cut it into two, fix it as two hands in between the big round(tummy) and small round (face)Take and toothpick and mark small dashes one on two on the end to show fingers.

Similarly two cylindrical pieces for legs in the front, again mark the two toes.

7. Kodai : Now fix a small chatri/ umbrella like thing on a tooth pick on the top of the head, before this make sure you paint the clay on two/three places. 8. Paint in white : upaveetham and veevedi /or tilak : First, make three horizontal lines on the top of the face , next draw the upaveetham from the left top side of the shoulder (big round) towards the right bottom right across and the back also.You can put a red spot/bindu on the middle of three horizontal lines. You can also paint the top of the eyebrows. But keep it simple and smiling. Good luck! I hope I have explained it in simple terms.

9. Above all, let it dry. Make sure each piece sticks to the other properly. Use water for this process. Keep simple clay color such as brown or grey.

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Response from: praveen kannal,   
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If you are looking to be creative and eco-friendly, then you can make Ganesh idols at home. Ganesh idols can be made at home using clay.

Materials needed: Clay, paints, coil, aluminum foil, paint brushes, sandpaper, putty or glue and clothes.

Mix the clay. You can get clay from riverbeds or buy it from stationary stores.

While mixing the clay and using it, make sure that your hand is slightly wet.

Make a skeleton – round face, hands, body and leg – using the coil or copper wire.

Next create Ganesha by adding clay to each body part on the coil skeleton.

First create the body and large stomach by filling that part of the coil with clay.

Next create the head.

Next create the trunk and stick it at the center of the head.

Next fill the coil ears with clay. Create small balls of clay and flatten them like ears.

Next fill the coil hands with clay, flatten the clay near palm.

Next fill the coil legs with clay. Flatten the clay near feet or create separate feet.

Now you will have a figure of Ganesha. If you want to be more creative, you can opt for four hands and other additions found in Ganesh Pictures. (Never expect your Ganesh to match those available in markets as they are created by professionals. But with trial and error you mind even end up creating better ones).

Using a brush smoothen the exterior. Make sure that you don’t damage the structure.

Now leave the Ganesha to dry but not in direct sunlight as cracks may appear.

When the idol is dry, use sandpaper or brush to smoothen the exterior.

If there are cracks use glue or putty. Use putty or glue at joints and brush it make it smooth.

You can draw eyes and other aspects like ‘tilak’, eyebrows etc

Make the idol dust free and smooth before painting.

You can use chemical acrylic paints to beauty Ganesha but please don’t immerse such Ganesha’s in rivers, seas and ponds.

You can also try out other natural methods to color but this is a difficult task as it is hard to prepare natural colors. But still you can look around for readymade natural colors.

Now you can make crown and other items found on Ganesh idol using aluminum foil.

You can also stitch small dress for Ganesha and decorate the idol with flowers.

I hope you can easily make the idol now.

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Response from: Ajitha Mandava,   
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Dear Vasuki, Just fallow the steps given below.

Clay Ganpati What you need: Ceramica plus clay or air drying clay (Available at stationery stores and Hobby Ideas) Note: Please keep your hands damp when working with clay. Roll a medium sized ball in ceramica plus clay for making the stomach of the Ganesha. Take the same amount of clay and roll it in to a coil to form the circular base for legs. Place the ball of the stomach on the circular coil. Make small sized ball for the head Another small ball fashioned in the form of trunk and stick at the centre of the head. Make two small balls and pinch them to flatten for ears and stick them on the sides of the head Roll coils for the hands and flatten from one side to form the palm of the hand. Stick the blunt side of the hands on the side of the stomach just below the ears. Add two small flattened clay palettes for the feet. Add embellishment as desired. Let the Ganesha dry for 2 days and paint with acrylic colours.

Thanks, Ajitha

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Response from: somayajulu sistla bhavani,   
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Dear friend

There are two ways of making ganesh idol with clay.

The first one is moulding the clay with hand and preparing the the image

The other method is casting. Clay is forced into a wooden mould which has the image of Ganshji.So the clay takes the shape of image from the mould. Slightly oil is applied to the mould for easy removal of clay.

with best wishes

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Response from: Prabhakara Rao Kuppili,   
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Please collect smooth clay from the sediments of a pond. Make it dry in shadow place. when it is gummy prepare the idol keep it inshadow place to dry. Add some fevicol while making the idol. If the sediments of a pond is not available. Collect smooth and gummy clay from the fields and prepare the idol

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Response from: asmita somanchi,   
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do it with clay, or if it is difficult to get clay then go use vegetables use tomato/pumpkin body and curved greenchilli or bottle gourd as nose and two big leaves as ears and your ganesh is done! to make ganesha wiht clay, make egg shaped ball and keep one moer small egg shaped ball on that take small clay in hand widen it with hands and shape it as ears make a long roll with clay and shape this as trunk, and shape similar rolls as hands and attach them to torso, can do the same with flour also

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Response from: Sasikala Viswanathan,   
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u can do ganesh idol using clay if u hav a die.

mix clay with out any stones or other rubbish with water into athick dough.

appy oil to the both the inner sides of the die fill the clay and release it open after giving pressure to set.

dry it for four hours and paint it accordingly.

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