Craft Smart® Bird Ornament
Add a little Spring to your home décor with this cute bird ornament made of clay.
Designed by Britta Lautenschlager, courtesy of Polyform.
- Craft Smart® Clay – Bright Green, Pink, Yellow, Brown, Orange and Black
- Sculpey® Clay Tool Starter Set
- Eye Pin
- Clay Dedicated Pasta Machine
Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on ovenproof glass or metal surface at 275 °F (130 °C) for 15 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
Using ¼ bar of Bright Green clay, make a ball and flatten into a circle for the ornament base (approximately 1-7/8").
To make the bird's body, make a Pink ball into a flat curved teardrop (approximately 1¼"W). Attach to Bright Green base.
To make the wing, make a Yellow ball into a curved teardrop (approximately ½"W) and press flat. Using Purple clay, make a ball into curved teardrop (approximately 3/8" W), flatten and layer on top of the Yellow wing and attach to bird’s body. Make small Purple teardrops (approximately 3/16" H) and press on for the wing tip.
Create tail feathers by making three small flat Yellow teardrops (approximately 5/16" H) and three smaller Purple flat (approximately 3/16" H) teardrops. Layer the Purple feathers onto the Yellow feathers for tail.
Make small Pink teardrops (approx 1/4" H) and press on for head feathers.
Make small Orange triangle (approx. 1/8") and press on for beak. Make small Brown ball (approximately 1/16") and press on for eye. Make two small Brown snakes (approximately 5/16") and press on for legs. Press Straight end of eye pin into ornament top.
Bake at 275 ºF (130 °C) for 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Add ribbon.