Assorted Paintbrushes Cardboard or Parchment Paper Paper Towels Plastic Fork Water Wooden Skewer
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1. Cut and roll out a slab of clay approximately 1/2" thick onto a sheet of cardboard or parchment paper.
2. Use an angled modeling tool - such as a wooden skewer - to cut out a large bird shape. Once cut, remove and place excess clay aside.
TIP: Use your finger to smooth out edges with water.
3. Roll out excess clay flat - approximately 1/4" - 1/2" thick. Use excess clay to cut out a teardrop-shaped wing.
4. To attach the wing to the bird body, score cross-hatch grooves onto each joining surface. For example, score the underside of the wing and the body area on which the wing will be positioned. Once scored, apply a layer of watered down clay to each scored surface and attach the the pieces together. Once attached, use your finger to blend the shapes together with water.
5. Roll excess clay into a long, thin worm-like shape. Mold the clay strand to create a circle. Score and attach the circle to the bird body to create the eye. Blend with water.
6. Along the tail feathers, create texture marks using a plastic fork.
7. Once clay is dry, use an assortment of Cover Coat paints to paint the project.
8. To create this project, paint the beak with 3 coats of Canary Yellow; the outer eye circle with Ivory Pearl; the eye center with Cobalt Crystal Black; the belly area and tail feathers with Baby Blue; the main body area with Cobalt Navy Blue; and the wing with Blue Green.
9. Allow project to dry completely for 5-7 days, or until clay is no longer cool to the touch.
10. Fire the completed project to cone 04.
11. Once fired, dip project in Pure Brilliance and fire to cone 06.